Professor Joan Mellen
1147 Anderson Hall
1114 Polett Walk


Japanese cinema, Kennedy assassination, Intelligence services, Biography


I’m the author of more than twenty books in a variety of genres, from the novel to Japanese studies; cinema studies and history; literary criticism, and biography (my subjects have been Kay Boyle; Lillian Hellman and Dashiell Hammett; Bob Knight; Jim Garrison. I have also written extensively on the Kennedy assassination and on the role of CIA in the western hemisphere; on Lyndon Johnson; on Cuba; on Haiti; and on the USS Liberty. Please turn to my website, for
essays and for radio speeches and interviews.

Selected Publications

  • A Farewell to Justice: Jim Garrison, the JFK Assassination and The Case
  • That Should Have Changed History
  • Hellman and Hammett
  • Our Man In Haiti: George de Mohrenschildt and the CIA in the Nightmare Republic
  • The Great Game In Cuba
  • The Waves At Genji’s Door: Japan Through Its Cinema
  • Privilege: The Enigma of Sasha Bruce
  • Kay Boyle: Author of Herself

Courses Taught

  • Graduate fiction workshops
  • Manuscript Tutorial
  • Poetics Of the Novel (Graduate)
  • The Art of the Film (Undergraduate)
  • Advanced Creative Writing (Undergraduate)
  • Magical Realism (Undergraduate)