Peter Stanfield is a professor of film and the Head of the School of Arts at the University of Kent. He has written two monographs on the Western and produced a substantial body of research on popular music and film. His book Maximum Movies - Pulp Fictions: Film Culture and the Worlds of Samuel Fuller, Mickey Spillane, and Jim Thompson (2011) takes a long look at our fascination with a pulp aesthetic. The Cool and the Crazy: Pop Fifties Cinema (2015), his most recent work, examines cycles of sensational movies produced to capitalize upon current events, moral panics, and popular fads. He is currently working on a study of serial production and the 1960/70s biker movie cycle.