Peter Alilunas

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Assistant Professor
Department of Cinema Studies

105 PLC

Research Statement

My primary research is in the history of adult film and how it is regulated in various ways: culturally, legally, industrially, and through technology. My book Smutty Little Movies traces the transition of the adult film industry from celluloid to videotape in the late 1970s and offers a history of a period that has mostly been forgotten. My current project, a book tentatively titled Pornography 1.0, will offer a similar history, this time of the very early period of online pornography, and particularly technologies such as bulletin board systems (BBS), modems, chat rooms, and CD-ROMS. These technologies, much like VHS tapes, were critically important in their time but have since been largely forgotten.

I am also interested in censorship, media regulation, copyright law, and film and media histories of all kinds.

Recent Citations – Publications – Professional Work

  • Smutty Little Movies: The Creation and Regulation of Adult Video. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 2016.
  • Forthcoming: “Playboy TV and the Contemporary Adult Television Landscape,” in From Networks to Netflix: A Guide to Changing Channels. Derek Johnson, ed. New York: Routledge.
  • “On the Prowl,” Porn Studies 4.3 (2017): 347-352.
  • “Mediating the Back Room: Adult Video News and the Creation of Adult Video,” in From Porno Chic to the Sex Wars: The Destabilization of American Culture and Politics in the 1970s. Whitney Strub and Carolyn Bronstein, eds. Amherst, MA: University of Massachusetts Press, 2016: 303-326.
  • “’Shot Live on Videotape’: The Televisual Era of Adult Film, 1978-1982,” Post Script 35.3 (Summer 2016): 6-18.
  • “Regulating the Desire Machine: Custer’s Revenge and 8-Bit Atari Porn Video Games,” co-authored with Matthew Thomas Payne (University of Alabama), Television & New Media 17.1 (2015): 80-96.
  • “The Necessary Future of Adult Industry Studies,” Creative Industries Journal 7.1 (2014), 62-66.


  • J201: Media & Society
  • J314: Introduction to Media Studies
  • J412: Understanding Disney
  • J496: Copyright and Media