Both my teaching and research focus on film history and theory. I fell in love with film as an undergraduate and enjoy sharing that passion for the medium with my students. I received my Ph.D. in film and media studies from the University of Kansas, writing my dissertation on Robert Rodriguez and changes in the post-1990 American independent cinema landscape. My myriad film interests allow me to teach across the film studies curriculum. Although most of my work is concerned with American cinema, I have been published in books devoted to French, Japanese, Israeli, Belgian, Swedish, Australian, Czech, Chinese, and Spanish cinemas as well. I love building a local film culture and enjoy serving on film festival committees. Current projects include a book on superhero film and television. I love teaching at Hollins where I can teach bright students who are eager to learn!
Areas of Expertise
- African American cinema
- Film and religion
- Sports films
- Authorship in film
- American independent cinema
- Introduction to Film as Art
- The Horror Film
- African American Directors
- American Cinema
- World Cinema
- Japanese Cinema
- Film Theory
- Film and Censorship
- Ph.D., (film and media studies), University of Kansas
- M.A. (English and African American literature), North Carolina A&T State University
- M.Div., Baylor University
- B.A., Howard Payne University
Publications & Articles
- “Two Israelis in the ‘Mecca of Motion Pictures’: Golan, Globus, and Cannon Film’s Transnational Enterprise.” In Casting a Giant Shadow: The Transnational Shaping of Israeli Cinema. Eds. Rachel S. Harris and Dan Chyutin. Bloomington: Indiana University Press (forthcoming in 2021).
- “ʻAnimation is Built on Plagiarism’: The Simpsons and Hitchcock, Parody and Pastiche.” In The Simpsons’ Beloved Springfield: Essays on the TV Series and Town That Are Part of Us All. Eds. Karma Waltonen and Denise Du Vernay. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2019: 143-159.
- “ʻA full meal, with a vitamin pill and extra wheatgerm’: Woody Allen, Dostoevsky, and Existential Morality.” In Referentiality and the Films of Woody Allen. Eds. Klara Stephanie Szlezák and D. E. Wynter. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015: 119-136.
- “Performing Marilyn: Michelle Williams in My Week with Marilyn.” In Fan Phenomena: Marilyn Monroe. Ed. Marcelline Block. Bristol, UK: Intellect, 2015: 94-104.
- “The Border Crossed Us: Machete and the Latino Threat Narrative.” In Critical Approaches to the Films of Robert Rodriguez. Ed. Frederick Luis Aldama. Austin: University of Texas Press, 2015: 157-174.
- Edited Book: Fan Phenomena: The Big Lebowski. Bristol, UK: Intellect, 2014.
- “Robert Rodriguez’s Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over and the 3-D Resurgence,” Post Script 33 (Sum 2014): 17-28.
- “Football and Arab-American Identities in Fordson: Faith, Fasting, Football,” Journal of Sport History 41 (Sum 2014): 233-240.
- Edited Book: Identity and Myth in Sports Documentaries: Critical Essays, co-edited with David M. Sutera. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, 2013.
- Edited Book: Gender and Genre in Sports Documentaries: Critical Essays, co-edited with David M. Sutera. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, 2013.
- “Jediism as Religion?: The Force as Old/New Religious Philosophy.” In Fan Phenomena: Star Wars. Ed. Miko Elovaara. Bristol, UK: Intellect, 2013: 60-67.
- Edited Book: Robert Rodriguez: Interviews. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2012.
- “ʻWhite Fear’ and the Studio System: A Reevaluation of Hansberry’s Original Screenplay of A Raisin in the Sun,” Literature/Film Quarterly 37:3 (2009): 184-193.