Alison McMahan's most recent article, “The Most Famous Woman You’ve Never Heard Of: Alison McMahan on Alice Guy Blaché,” appeared in Artforum, November, 2009, p. 81-82. She has also been published in such journals as Filmmaker, Millimiter, American Cinematographer and The Independent. In addition she has written numerous academic papers on the topics of film history, digital media, and virtual reality.
"Madame Blaché in America: Director, Producer, Studio Owner" published in Alice Guy Blaché, Film Pioneer, catalogue for the Whitney Museum of Art Film Retrospective, edited by Joan Simon, Yale University Press, 2009, pp. 47-76. I also contributed the chronology and filmographies.
“The Most Famous Woman You’ve Never Heard Of: Alison McMahan on Alice Guy Blaché,” in Artforum, November, 2009, p. 81-82.
"Second Life: The Game of Virtual Life" in Videogame, player, text edited by Barry Atkins and Tanya Krzywinska, Manchester University Press, 2007, pp. 158-174.
"Company Profile: Electronic Arts", "Company Profile: Sega", "Video Game Stars: Lara Croft" in The Video Game Explosion: A History from Pong to Playstation® and Beyond, edited by Mark J. P. Wolf, Greenwood Press, 2008, pp. 89-90, 149-50, 183-186 respectively.
"Chez le Photographe c'est chez moi: Relationship of Actor and Filmed Subject to Camera in Early Film and Virtual Reality Spaces" in The Cinema of Attractions Reloaded , edited by Wanda Stauven, Amsterdam University Press, 2006.
Alison McMahan and Warren Buckland, "Cognitive Schemas and Virtual Reality", Virtual Reality International, an affiliated Conference of the Human Computer Interaction (HCI) International Conference, Las Vegas, July 2005.
"Alice Guy Blaché" in The Encyclopedia of Early Cinema, edited by Richard Abel, Routledge, 2005.
"The Animation Paradigm" Le Cinématographe, nouvelle technologie du Xxe siècle/The Cinema, A New Technology for the 20th Century, edited by André Gaudreault, Catherine Russell and Pierre Véronneau, France: Editions Payot Lausanne, 2004, p. 373-380.
Chapter in and co-editor of Historiography of Film Sound, based on the Archimedia 2000 Conference in Brussels (2004).