English Department Chair, Professor of English
M.A., Ph.D., University of Massachusetts at Amherst
M.S. Columbia University
B.A. University of Massachusetts at Amherst
Areas of Expertise:
American Studies; American literature and cultural history; film studies; critical theory; popular culture studies
Courses I Teach:
- Advanced film courses
- American literature surveys
- Critical Theory
- Genres: Film
Most of my research and publishing is in American Studies areas (i.e., contemporary literature, film, cultural studies and critical theory), which makes for a close and lively reciprocity between my research and teaching.
One of my recent books, History in the Media: Film & Television — a major reference work covering over 350 films — was published by ABC-Clio in 2006. My fourth book, The Ultimate, Illustrated Beats Chronology, was published by Soft Skull Press in 2011. I also have a major critical-biographical essay on Depression-era poet Genevieve Taggard coming out in Scribner’s American Writers series in 2011.