• Affiliated Associate Professor, Asian Studies Program

Research Statement

My research interests include Middle Eastern cinema (I am past chair of the Middle East caucus of the Society for Cinema Studies), British cinema (especially the work of Derek Jarman), the relationship between pain and creativity, and early theories of the cinema. In addition, I have recently published work--or work about to be published-- on the cinema of F.W.Murnau, Jorge Sanjines, political documenatary in the United States, and _Crash_ and race.


  • “Noir Aesthetics as a Depiction of Institutional Racism: Anthony Mann’s Devil’s Doorway and the Denial of Land Rights to First Americans,” International Association of Inter-American Studies Biannual Conference, Santa Barbara, October, 2016. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 08/2016.
  • “Creative Approaches to Linking Production and Critical Film Classes,” University Film and Video Association Conference, Bozeman, August, 2014 (Also panel chair). Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 08/2014.