Prof. Elżbieta Durys is an Associate Professor at the University of Lodz (Poland). Her research interests focus on American and Polish cinema, film and gender issues, genre theory and methods and approaches to contemporary cinema. She is the author of numerous articles on film that have appeared in journals and anthologies. She has co-edited two volumes on American Cinema (2006, 2007) and two volumes on gender issues (2005, 2014). She has published two books: in 2009 the analysis of John Cassavetes oeuvre (Just a Little Problem That Came Up… The Works of John Cassavetes [in Polish]) and in 2013 a monograph on American police movies titled American Cop Cinema 1970—2000 (also in Polish). She was a Fulbright Senior Research Scholar at the Department of Radio-Television-Film, University of Texas at Austin during the academic year 2009–2010. She holds her Ph.D. in literature (2002) and habilitation in cultural studies (2014).