Lesley Stern is the author of Dead and Alive: The Body as Cinematic Thing, The Smoking Book (which, as Publishers Weekly puts it, "links more than 50 often stunning and always intriguing pieces in a mélange of genres, including fiction, memoir, history and criticism") and The Scorsese Connection, and co-editor of Falling For You: Essays on Cinema and Performance. Her work moves between a number of disciplinary locations and spans both theory and production: although her reputation was established in the fields of film theory and history, she is also known for her fictocritical writing. Stern was born and raised in Zimbabwe, and she has taught in a number of universities around the globe (including at the University of Zimbabwe; Glasgow University; La Trobe and Murdoch Universities; The University of New South Wales; and University of California, Irvine) before moving to UCSD in 2000. She has published extensively in the areas of film, performance, photography, cultural history, postcolonialism, feminism and gardening/ecocriticism; her essays have appeared in journals such as Screen, M/F, Camera Obscura, Film Reader, Image Forum, Trafic, Emergences, and Critical Inquiry. Stern's current projects include a further work of ficto-criticism, and a book, Gardening in a Strange Land, on notions of native and exotic, foreign and domestic, migration and immigration.