Associate Professor of Film Studies and English
Coordinator of Film and New Media Studies
Ph.D., Syracuse University
M.A., Syracuse University
B.A., University of California, Los Angeles
Film and New Media Studies
- US film history, especially the Hollywood studio system and the New Hollywood
- digital literacy, participatory cultures, social media, relationship between technology and culture
- Digital Humanities
- American popular and entertainment culture
- The relationship between cinematic representation, race and urban space (with specific attention to how this is expressed through/in Hollywood film and Los Angeles)
- Online fandom and shared knowledge/collective intelligence communities
- Future of the book and the motion picture
- Role of technology in higher education research, publishing and instruction
Courses I currently teach include:
ENG 231: Introduction to New Media
ENG 249: Hollywood Genres
ENG 250: Film History I - Cinema through 1940
ENG 257: Race & Racism in U.S. Cinema
ENG 331: Digital Culture
ENG 348: Sexual Politics of Film Noir
ENG 101: Writing About the Internet
What Price Hollywood? Cinema, Race, and Urban Space in Los Angeles. Manuscript in process.
"Mapping the Beach: Beach Movies, Exploitation Film and Geographies of Whiteness." The Persistence of Whiteness: Race and Contemporary Hollywood Cinema. Ed. by Daniel Bernardi. London: Routledge, 2007. 28-50.
"Return to Oz: The Hollywood Redevelopment Project, or Film History as Urban Renewal." Film Histories: An Introduction and Reader. Ed. by Paul Grainge, Mark Jancovich and Sharon Monteith. Edinburgh: Edinburgh UP, 2007. 539-549.
"The Clothes Make the Fan: Fashion and Online Fandom when Buffy the Vampire Slayer Goes to eBay." Cinema Journal. Vol. 45, no. 4 (Summer 2006). 26-44.
"Consuming the Planet: Planet Hollywood, Stars, and the Global Consumer Culture." Hollywood: Critical Concepts in Media and Cultural Studies. Ed. by Thomas Schatz. London: Routledge, 2003. 346-366 (in Volume IV: Cultural Dimensions: Ideology, Identity and Culture Industry Studies).
"Return to Oz: The Hollywood Redevelopment Project, or Film History as Urban Renewal." Cinema and the City: Film and Urban Societies in a Global Context. Ed. by Mark Shiel and Tony Fitzmaurice. London: Blackwell, 2001. 59-72
"Lights, Camera, Faction: (Re)Producing Los Angeles at Universal's CityWalk." Hollywood Goes Shopping. Ed. by David Desser & Garth Jowett. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2000. 277-308
"Consuming the Planet: Planet Hollywood, Stars, and the Global Consumer Culture." Velvet Light Trap, #40 (Fall 1997). 42-55