Provost Professor, Cinema and Media Studies
Research and Creative Interests
- film history
- film genre
- non-theatrical cinema
I am editor of the quarterly journal, Film History, and primarily teach courses in American film history. My publications include Main Street Amusements: Movies and Commercial Entertainment in a Southern City, 1895-1930, which won the Katherine Singer Kovacs Award from the Society for Cinema Studies and the Theatre Library Award. In addition to studies of popular American cinema, film exhibition, and moviegoing, I have published over the last several years essays concerning with the history of multi-sited and multi-purpose cinema–that is, film screened for different purposes in schools, churches, factories, fairgrounds, and other places beyond the movie theater. Here are a few examples:
- “Search and Re-search: Digital Print Archives and the History of Multi-Sited Cinema,” The Arclight Guide to Media History and the Digital Humanities eds. Eric Hoyt and Charles R. Acland (REFRAME Books)
- “International Harvester, Business Screen, and the History of Advertising Film,” in Films That Sell: Moving Pictures and Advertising, ed. Bo Florin, Nico de Klerk, and Patrick Vonderau (Palgrave)
- “Locating Early Non-Theatrical Audiences,” in Audiences: Defining and Research in Screen Entertainment Receptioned. Ian Christie (Amsterdam University Press).
- “Projecting the Power of 16mm, 1935-1945,” in Useful Cinema eds. Charles R. Acland and Haidee Wasson (Duke University Press).