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Jaap Verheul

Jaap Verheul ( is a PhD Candidate in Cinema Studies (ABD) at New York University, where his dissertation focuses on popular European cinema as it chronicles the dynamics between European audiovisual policy and regional and national filmmaking in the European Union today. He received his BA in Media and Culture from the University of Amsterdam (2007) and his MA in Cinema Studies from New York University (2009).

Jaap has written on the representation of trauma and memory in Sidney Lumet’s The Pawnbroker (2007), on the fascist aesthetics in the work of Busby Berkeley (2009), and on the conceptualization of multiculturalism in the popular television show Lost (2010). He further explored his interest in cinematic violence in an essay on the relationship between paranoia and preemptive violence in the television series 24, which he wrote for an anthology on Hollywood Politics (2010). Furthermore, for Brooklyn Rail (2013), Jaap has analyzed the representation of the European bourgeoisie in the work of Austrian filmmaker Michael Haneke. Finally, for an upcoming anthology on Lasting Stars (2014), he will publish an essay on the fluctuating stardoms of George Lazenby and James Bond, while his forthcoming publication on Dutch language cinema (2015) examines the linguistic barrier that obstructs cinematic exchange between Flanders (Belgium) and the Netherlands.

As an instructor and teaching assistant at New York University, Jaap has taught courses on film theory, black American cinema, James Bond, and filmmaking in Hollywood from the 1960s onward. He is a recipient of New York University’s “Council for Media and Culture Dissertation and Thesis Grant," and in the Spring of 2015, he will be a Research Fellow at Remarque Institute at the École normale supérieure in Paris, France.