Joseph and Elizabeth Robbie Professor of Film, Television, and Theatre
Donald Crafton has been the chairperson of both the Department of Film, Television, and Theatre, and of the Department of Music. He served as interim director of the Nanovic Institute for European Studies for 2012-2013. He is the 2007 recipient of Notre Dame's Presidential Award. A specialist in film history and visual culture, he is also the recipient of two National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowships and, in 2001, was named an Academy Film Scholar by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Additionally, he was awarded the French Jean Mitry prize in film history. His most recent book is Shadow of a Mouse: Performance, Belief, and World-Making in Animation(California).
Crafton serves as the co-general editor of The Moving Image, the journal of the Association of Moving Image Archivists, and on the advisory boards of Film Quarterly and Animation: An Interdisciplinary Journal . He is researching the often-overlooked involvement of Joseph P. Kennedy in the early days of the movie industry.
The Notre Dame Professorship in Film and Culture was established by the University in 2006.