Jeanine Basinger (born 3 February 1936), a film historian, was for many years the Corwin-Fuller Professor of Film Studies and Founder and Curator of The Cinema Archives at Wesleyan University, Middletown, Connecticut.
She is also a trustee emeritus of the
American Film Institute, a member of the Steering Committee of the National Center for Film and Video Preservation, and one of the Board of Advisors for the Association of Independent Video and Filmmakers. On February 11, 2005, she was named to the board of directors of the  National Board of Review of Motion Pictures. She has a BS and MS from  South Dakota State University.
Basinger has been described as "one of the most important film scholars alive today."
Among other accomplishments, she is credited with having built Wesleyan's Film Studies program into one of the ten best film schools in the world.   "A shockingly disproportionate number of Hollywood movers and shakers" are graduates of the program.  Graduates include  Akiva Goldsman, Joss Whedon, Michael Bay, Paul Weitz, Laurence Mark, Paul Schiff, Gary Walkow, Alex Kurtzman, Bruce Eric Kaplan, Toby Emmerich, Nick Meyer, Marc Shmuger, Rick Nicita, Bradley Fuller, Dana Delany, Stephen Schiff, Rodger Grossman, Toni Ross, Bradley Whitford, Domenica Cameron-Scorsese, Liz Garcia, Marc Longenecker, Jon Turteltaub, Owen Renfroe, Jeffrey Lane, Zak Penn, Jeremy Arnold and Miguel Arteta. 
She has appeared in numerous documentaries, and also in a dramatic role in
A Better Way to Die (2000). In 2006 she participated in , a documentary film on Wanderlust road movies and their effect on American culture.
1996 Wesleyan Binswanger Prize for Excellence in Teaching
National Board of Review's William K. Everson Prize for Film History for Silent Stars  2005 Governor's Arts and Tourism Award from the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism
 Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from the American Film Institute on June 7, 2006
 2008 Theatre Library Association Award for
The Star Machine  2013 Wesleyan Binswanger Prize for Excellence in Teaching
The World War II Combat Film: Anatomy of a Genre (1985, 2003)
Anthony Mann: A Critical Study
The It's a Wonderful Life Book
Shirley Temple (1975)
Lana Turner (1976)
Gene Kelly (1976)
A Woman's View: How Hollywood Spoke to Women 1930-1960 (1993)
American Cinema: 100 Years of Filmmaking (companion book for a PBS series).
Silent Stars (1999)
The Star Machine, Alfred A. Knopf (2007) ( ISBN 978-1-4000-4130-5). About the height of the studio system in the Golden Age from the 1930s to the 1950s. I Do and I Don't: A History of Marriage in the Movies (2013) 
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