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)
- Fandom and transmedia storytelling
- The geohistory of film exhibition in the US
- The impact of digital technologies on the creative industries
- The impact of digital technologies on higher education, pedagogy, scholarly research and publishing
- Affinity communities, shared knowledge and collective intelligence
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