Maria Bose is assistant professor of Media & Cultural studies in the English department at Clemson University, where she also teaches in the World Cinema program. Her book-in-progress, Cinema’s Hegemony, surveys twenty-first century imperial films emanating from the production centers of rising hegemons (China, India) and fading ones (the US, the UK). The book attributes both imperial genres’ durability and cinema’s sustained cultural distinction to the reflexive tightness and diagnostic rigor with which these genres renew cinema’s material and ideological compacts with the hegemonic state. Maria’s essays have appeared in Studies in American Fiction, Textual Practice, Criticism, C21 Literature, and Critique. She currently serves as treasurer and board member for the Association for the Study of the Arts of the Present (ASAP).