Peter Alilunas


Peter Alilunas

Assistant Professor,
Department of Cinema Studies

216D Allen Hall

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