Lisa Funnell is Assistant Professor in Women’s and Gender Studies and Co-Director of the Center for Social Justice at the University of Oklahoma. Her research explores the performance and intersection of identities—specifically gender, race, sexuality, nationality, and ethnicity—in Hong Kong martial arts films, Hollywood blockbusters, and the James Bond franchise. She has published on a range of topics including Chinese warrior women, transnational stardom, the “Asianization” of Hollywood, transnational co-productions and cultural flows, gender and feminism in James Bond, and popular geopolitics in spy thrillers.
She is the author of Geographies, Genders, and Geopolitics of James Bond (Palgrave Macmillan 2017) with Klaus Dodds. She is also the author of Warrior Women: Gender, Race, and the Transnational Chinese Action Star (SUNY Press, 2014). In 2015, her book Warrior Women won the Emily Toth Award for Best Single Work in Women’s Studies from the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association (PCA/ACA) and the Bronze Medal in the Women’s Issues Category from the Independent Publisher Book Awards (IPPY). She is the editor of For His Eyes Only: The Women of James Bond (Wallflower, 2015), American and Chinese-Language Cinemas: Examining Cultural Flows (Routledge, 2015) with Man-fung Yip, and Transnational Asian Identities in Pan-Pacific Cinemas: The Reel Asian Exchange (Routledge, 2012) with Philippa Gates. She is writing a new book with Klaus Dodds on Thriller Geopolitics: Filming the National Security State in the Post-Watergate Era.