Background and activities

Julia Leyda (MA & PhD, English, University of Washington, 1998) holds a Professorship in Film Studies in the Department of Art and Media Studies at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Trondheim. Julia is also a senior research fellow in the Graduate School of North American Studies at the John F. Kennedy Institute of the Freie Universität Berlin and an affiliated researcher in the Critical Petroaesthetics Collaboratory at the Oslo School of Environmental Humanities. At NTNU, Julia is a founder of the Environmental Humanities Research Group (@EnvHumNTNU) and an affiliated researcher in GenderHub. She sits on the editorial boards of the Journal of American Studies and the Environmental Humanities book series at Metzler Verlag / Springer.

Julia is a board member of the NFR's Norwegian Researcher School in Environmental Humanities (NoRS-EH), the NordPlus network Bringing Research in the Green Humanities into Teaching (BRIGHT), and the NFR's Asia-Norway Environmental Storytelling Network (ANEST). She has held funded visiting positions at the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society (München), the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (Potsdam), and the Freie Universität Berlin's Graduate School for North American Studies, and plans to visit Aarhus University for two months in 2022.

Research Interests in Cinema and Television Studies

  • environmental humanities, petrocultures, and Anthropocene screen cultures
  • intersectional feminist theory and criticism
  • aesthetics and affects of cuteness
  • Hollywood cinema and popular culture


  • HFO1004 The Human Era? Humanities Perspectives on the Anthropocene (BA)
  • FILM1104 Nordic Cinema and Television (BA)
  • EH8000 Topics in Environmental Humanities (PhD)


Scientific, academic and artistic work

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Journal publications

Part of book/report

  • Leyda, Julia. (2021) “Piracy and Authorship in Breaking Bad Fan Remix Videos.”. Contemporary Quality TV: The Auteur, The Fans, and Constructions of Gender.
  • Dale, Joshua Paul; Goggin, Joyce; Leyda, Julia; Mcintyre, Anthony P.; Negra, Diane. (2017) The Aesthetics and Affects of Cuteness. The Aesthetics and Affects of Cuteness.
  • Leyda, Julia. (2017) Cute 21st-Century Post-Fembots. The Aesthetics and Affects of Cuteness.
  • Leyda, Julia. (2017) “Breaking Bad: A Recessionary Western.”. Violence and Open Spaces: The Subversion of Boundaries and the Transformation of the Western Genre..
  • Leyda, Julia. (2017) Negative Mobilities. Spaces of Expression and Repression in Post-Millennial North-American Literature and Visual Culture.
  • Leyda, Julia. (2016) Demon Debt: Paranormal Activity as Recessionary Post-Cinematic Allegory. Post-Cinema: Theorizing 21st-Century Film.
  • Leyda, Julia. (2016) The Financialization of Domestic Space in Arrested Development and Breaking Bad. Class Divisions in Serial Television.
  • Leyda, Julia; Denson, Shane. (2016) Perspectives on Post-Cinema: An Introduction. Post-Cinema: Theorizing 21st-Century Film.


  • Leyda, Julia; Denson, Shane. (2021) Post-Sinema – 21. Yüzyıl Sinemasının Kuramsallaştırılması. 2021. ISBN 9786052603192.
  • Leyda, Julia. (2016) “The Dystopian Impulse of Contemporary Cli-Fi: Lessons and Questions from a Joint Workshop of the IASS and the JFKI (FU Berlin),” with Kathleen Loock, Alexander Starre, Thiago Pinto Barbosa, and Manuel Rivera.