Jeanine Basinger a film historian, was for many years the Corwin-Fuller Professor of Film Studies and Founder and Curator of The Cinema Archives at Wesleyan University, Middle town, Connecticut. She is also a trustee emeritus of the American Film Institute, a member of the Steering Committee of the National Center for Film and Video Preservation and one of the Board of Advisors for the Association of Independent Video and Filmmakers.
On February 11, 2005, she was named to the board of directors of the National Board of Review of Motion Pictures.
She has a BS and MS from South Dakota State University. Basinger has been described as “one of the most important film scholars alive today”. Among other accomplishments, she is credited with having built Wesleyan’s Film Studies program into one of the ten best film schools in the world. “A shockingly disproportionate number of Hollywood movers and shakers” are graduates of the program.