Stewart’s research and teaching explore African American film cultures from the origins of the medium to the present. Her interests also include the archiving and preservation of moving images, as well as nontheatrical, amateur, and activist film and video.
Stewart is the author of Migrating to the Movies: Cinema and Black Urban Modernity. She is currently researching the racial politics of moving image preservation and completing a study of the life and work of African American actor, writer and director Spencer Williams.
She directs the South Side Home Movie Project and is co-curator of the L.A. Rebellion Preservation Project at the UCLA Film and Television Archive.
Stewart received her AM and PhD in English from the University of Chicago.