Susan Ohmer

Susan Ohmer

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Associate Professor, Film, Television,
William T. and Helen Kuhn Carey Associate Professor of Modern Communication

Office: 230B DeBartolo Performing Arts Center
Phone: 574-631-1626

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Areas of Expertise

  • Market research in media organizations
  • Hollywood film industry in the 1940s
  • Film and television history
  • Media industries
  • Digital culture
  • Media and presidential elections
  • Animation

Ohmer’s teaching concentrates on film and television in U.S. culture and her research focuses on the history and use of market research in media organizations. Her work has appeared in such journals as The Quarterly Review of Film and Video, The Journal of Film and Video and Film History, and in the anthologies Identifying Hollywood’s Audiences, Global Currents, and American Cinema of the 1930s. Her book “George Gallup in Hollywood” assesses how film studios and producers used public opinion research to select and develop film subjects. Ohmer, who also is working on a study of the Walt Disney studio during the 1940s, has served as a member of the editorial board of Cinema Journal and an officer of the Society for Cinema and Media Studies. As an administrator, she has served as a Provost’s Fellow (2007-2009), as Assistant Provost (2009-2011), an Interim Director of the Hesburgh Libraries (2010-2011) and from 2011-2013 led Digital ND, a campus-wide initiative to streamline and strengthen digital work at Notre Dame.


Music historian and liturgical scholar Margot Fassler wins three research awards

Notre Dame joins HathiTrust

Notre Dame welcomes first Moreau Fellows

Notre Dame launches new Italian studies program

Susan Ohmer to serve as interim director of libraries

Susan Ohmer appointed assistant provost at Notre Dame

George Gallup in Hollywood

New books by FTT faculty span Germany, Hollywood

Film professor discovers Gallup polled movie audiences


The Atlantic—Readers Are Liars: The 1928 Study That Predicted the Future of News

Bloomberg Businessweek—Right or Wrong, Gallup Always Wins