Elisabeth Weis is a Professor of Film at Brooklyn College and in the Ph.D. Program in Theatre at The Graduate Center. She received her B. A. In English Literature (Summa cum Laude, with Distinction in All Subjects) from Cornell in 1966, an M. A. in English from New York University and the first Ph.D. in Film from Columbia University (1978).
Since 1973, she has been teaching at Brooklyn College, where she is Head of Film Studies. She has also been the holder there of a rotating chair, The Stern Professorship of Humor (sic!). With Tony Pipolo and Joyce Rheuban, she was a founding editor of Persistence of Vision: The Film Journal of the City University of New York, and she is now on the board of Cinema Journal. Weis is the author of The Silent Scream: Alfred Hitchcock's Sound Track and the co-editor, with John Belton, of Film Sound: Theory and Practice. As Executive Director of the National Society of Film Critics since 1974, she has edited two of their anthologies: Movie Comedy and The National Society of Film Critics on the Movie Star.