School of Theatre, Television and Film


Martha M. Lauzen

Professor, Executive Director - Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film

Office: LT 171B


Phone: 619-594-6301

Dr. Martha M. Lauzen is a nationally and internationally recognized expert on the employment of women on screen and behind the scenes in television and film. Findings from her studies have been published in numerous scholarly journals including Camera Obscura, Quarterly Review of Film and Video, Feminist Media Studies, Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media, Mass Communication and Society, Sex Roles, Communication Quarterly, and Journal of Communication Inquiry. Her studies have also received widespread coverage in entertainment trade publications such as Variety and The Hollywood Reporter, as well as popular press outlets including The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, The San Diego Union-Tribune, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Miami Herald, The Independent, MovieMaker, Moving Pictures, L.A. Weekly, Entertainment Weekly, Chicago Sun-Times, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Detroit Free Press, TV Guide, Creative Screenwriting, The Guardian (UK), Toronto Star, and The Boston Globe.

Dr. Lauzen is the Executive Director of the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film at San Diego State University. The Center’s activities focus on the study and discussion of the employment of women as directors, writers, producers, cinematographers, and editors in television and film. Scholars at the Center conduct original research that identifies employment trends and key challenges to women’s success, and explores the impact of behind-the-scenes employment on portrayals of girls and women.

As a faculty member in the School of Theatre, Television and Film at San Diego State University, Dr. Lauzen teaches a variety of graduate and undergraduate courses including The Women of Prime Time and Calling the Shots: Women Film Directors.

She holds a doctorate from the University of Maryland and M.A. and B.A. degrees from the University of Iowa.

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