I received my Ph.D. from the Film and Media Studies program at Indiana University Bloomington before joining the Syracuse University faculty in 2015. An associate professor in the Department of English, I am Director of Undergraduate Studies and teach in the Film and Screen Studies track. Outside of English, I serve on the advising faculty for the Goldring Arts Journalism and Communications program.
My research and teaching generally address topics in U.S. narrative cinema, with a historical focus on Hollywood cinema of the studio era (that is, from the late 1920s to the early 1960s). The critical concerns of my work center around artistic practice, persona, and celebrity as interfaces between what has been called “classical” Hollywood and the culture of modernity in the middle of the twentieth century.
Research and Teaching Interests
U.S. narrative cinema and serial television; acting and stardom; costume and fashion; director styles and reputations; gender studies; genres and modes of screen media (film noir, melodrama, horror); modernism, modernity, and mass culture.