Carol J. Clover is an American professor of film studies, rhetoric language and Scandinavian mythology. She has been widely published in her areas of expertise. Her 1992 book Men, Women, and Chainsaws: Gender in the Modern Horror Film achieved popularity beyond academia, and she is credited with developing the "final girl" theory, within the book, which changed both popular and academic conceptions of gender in horror films.
Clover is a featured expert in the film S&Man, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2006. Her son is academic and poet Joshua Clover.