Peter Alilunas

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Associate Professor
Department of Cinema Studies

105 PLC


B.A., English, University of Oregon, 2006
M.A., Radio-Television-Film, University of Texas at Austin, 2008
PhD, Screen Arts & Cultures, University of Michigan, 2013

Biography and Research Statement

I'm a UO grad (from back when there wasn't a department, just a film studies certificate) that's now a film historian with an interest in technology -- usually I'm asking how some piece of hardware or software was part of the way people watched stuff, and how it was part of a bigger cultural process. Usually I'm interested in parts of history that have been forgotten about or ignored by most people. My expertise is in the history of adult film in particular, and how technology and regulation have always been a crucial part of that history. My book Smutty Little Movies looks at the industrial history of how adult films transitioned from celluloid to videotape, and my current project, a book tentatively titled Porn 1.0, traces a similar history of how pornography went online in the pre-internet era. 

I'm also interested in censorship, media regulation, and film and media histories of all kinds.

Recent Citations – Publications – Professional Work

  • Forthcoming: "The King is Dead, Long Live the Algorithm: MindGeek and the Digital Distribution of Adult Film," in Circulating Media: Distribution in the Digital Age, Courtney Brannon Donoghue, Paul McDonald, and Timothy Havens, eds. New York: New York University Press (2020).
  • “Playboy TV and the Contemporary Adult Television Landscape,” in From Networks to Netflix: A Guide to Changing Channels. Derek Johnson, ed. New York: Routledge (2018).
  • Smutty Little Movies: The Creation and Regulation of Adult Video. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press (2016).
  • “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.

Honors and Awards

  • 2017: University of Oregon Ersted Teaching Award for Specialized Pedagogy


  • UGST 111: (Anti)Social Media

  • CINE 266: History of Motion Pictures, 1930-1970

  • CINE 410: Cinema and Censorship

  • CINE 490: Exploitation Cinemas

  • HC 421: Cinema Manifestos

  • CINE 110: Introduction to Film and Media