Professor John Belton has a Ph.D. in Classical Philology from Harvard (1975) and a B.A. in Greek and Latin from Columbia University. In 2005-2006, he received a Guggenheim Fellowship to research a book on digital cinema. In 2008, he received an Academy Fellows grant to research a book on motion picture color. He is the author of five books, including “Widescreen Cinema” (Harvard, 1992), winner of the 1993 Kraszna Krausz prize for books on the moving image, and “American Cinema/American Culture” (McGraw Hill, 1994), a textbook written to accompany the PBS series American Cinema. Revised editions of this book were published in 2004 and 2008. He has edited three books, most recently “Alfred Hitchcock's Rear Window” (Cambridge, 2000). He edits a series of books on film and culture for Columbia University Press (1989-on), is a former member of the National Film Preservation Board (1989-96), and former Chair of the Archival Papers and Historical Committee of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (1985-96). He is also an associate editor of the film journal, Film History. His research interests are in film technology, film aesthetics, culture and film, American film history, and classical film theory.