Curriculum Vitae

Academic Background

University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts, Los Angeles, CA
PhD in Cinema and Media Studies, Graduate Certificate in Visual Studies (ABD).
Dissertation: “When A Handshake Meant Something”: The Rise of Entertainment Law and the Construction of Corporate Art Cinema, 1948-1967
Committee: Laura Isabel Serna (Chair), J.D. Connor, Steve Ross, Vanessa Schwartz, Ellen Seiter

Columbia University, School of the Arts, New York, NY
Masters of Arts in Film Studies, February 2014
Thesis: “Apocalypse Noir: Apocalyptic Narratives and Temporal Dislocation Within the Modality of Film Noir”
Advisors: Rob King, Jane Gaines, Nico Baumbach

Columbia University, Columbia College, New York, NY
Bachelor of Arts in Film Studies, February 2011
Thesis: “The Man For the Wrong Time and Place: Temporal and Ideological Dislocation in the Deconstruction of Raymond Chandler’s Phillip Marlowe in the 1970s.”
Advisor: David Sterritt

Peer Reviewed Publications

“Networking Agency: Classicism and Post-Classicism in Multiverse Time Travel Films,” Mediascape: UCLA’s Journal of Cinema and Media Studies, Fall 2015.

“Billion Dollar Noir: Christopher Nolan and Film Noir as a Blockbuster Genre” Journal of American Studies of Turkey, Vol. 5 No. 13. December 2012, pg. 65-74.

Works in Progress

Putting Penn to Paper: Warner Bros.’s Contract Governance and the Transition to New Hollywood”

“Directing Positions: The Cognitive Vision of Live Television” [Video Essay]

Books and Chapters

“Acting Painter: Jaume Collet-Serra And The Performance-Driven Thriller,” Making The Case: Contemporary Genre Directors, ed. Adam Cook, The Critical Press, Forthcoming 2017.

“Masculine Tempos: How Sound Technology Silenced The Women of The Dawn Patrol,” Hard to Get: The Women and Films of Howard Hawks, ed. Sara Freeman, The Critical Press, Forthcoming 2017.

Approaching The End: Imagining Apocalypse in American Film, Chapel Hill, NC: The Critical Press, October 2014

Awards, Grants, and Distinguished Honors

Travel Award, University of Southern California Graduate School, October 2015.

Visual Studies Graduate Certificate Summer Research Grant, University of Southern California, May 2015.

Annenberg Fellow, University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts, 2014-2015.

Conference Presentations

“Outside Struggle, Inside Negotiations: The Beverly Hills Bar Associations’ Entertainment Law Institute and the Shaping of Legal Discourse in New Hollywood,” Law & Society, 2017 Annual Conference, Mexico City, MX, Forthcoming June 2017.

“‘When a Handshake Meant Something’: How Entertainment Law Contracted the Shape of New Hollywood,” Association for the Study of Law, Culture and the Humanities, Stanford Law School, Palo Alto, CA, Forthcoming April 2017.

“The Veil of Independence: The Short Form Joint Venture Contract’s Role In New Hollywood Production,” Annual Meeting of Society For Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS), Chicago, IL, Forthcoming March 2017.

“Out of Step: Narrative Structure, Agency, and the Hollywood Black Dance Sequence,” First Forum USC Graduate Student Conference, Los Angeles, CA, October 2016.

“From Misguided Teens to Real Women: Hollywood Confronts Abortion, 1959-1963,” Film and History Conference, Madison, WI, November 2015.

Respondent for Panel on “Visual/Material Evidence,” Material Evidence: Visual Knowledge Conference, University of Southern California, April 2015.

“In Search of Lost Time, Or: Why Is There No Slow Cinema in America?” Play/Time — University of Toronto Graduate Student Conference, Toronto, CA, February 2015.

“Kings and Pawns: Andrew Bujalski’s Computer Chess and ‘Digital Psychology,’” Annual Meeting of Society For Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS), Seattle, WA, April 2014.

“Billion Dollar Noir: Christopher Nolan and Film Noir as a Blockbuster Genre,” 33rd SW/TX PCA, Albuquerque, NM, February 2012.

“The Evil That Spread Through Yokohama: Hitchcockian Perceptions of Amorality in Akira Kurosawa’s High and Low.” 5th Annual Notre Dame Undergraduate Film and Television Conference, South Bend, IN, April 2011.

Invited Talks

“Art House Cinema As A Formal System,” Invited Guest Workshop for the University of California Los Angeles Video Production Crew, March 2015.

“The New Cinephilia and The Color Wheel,” Guest Lecture at The King’s College, Introduction to Film (Course Instructor: Bearden Coleman), New York, NY, November 2013.

Teaching Experience

Lead Teaching Assistant, History of International Cinema II (Tom Kemper), University of Southern California, January 2017-May 2017.

Lead Teaching Assistant, History of International Cinema I (Laura Isabel Serna), University of Southern California, August 2016-December 2016.

Teaching Assistant, Introduction To Cinema (Drew Casper), University of Southern California, August 2015-May 2016.

Teaching Assistant, Topics in World Cinema: Arab and African Cinema (Richard Peña), Columbia University, January 2013-May 2013

Professional Experience

Writing Fellow, University of Southern California Writing Center, August 2016-Present.

Research Assistant to David Bordwell, November 2015-Feburary 2016.

Rapporteur, Columbia University Seminars: Cinema and Interdisciplinary Interpretation (Bill Luhr and David Sterritt), January 2013-May 2014

Book Reviews

Film Rhythm After Sound: Technology, Music, and Performance by Lea Jacobs (University of California Press), Spectator Vol 36. No. 1 (Spring 2016)

They Live by Jonathan Lethem (Soft Skull Press), Film Matters Vol 3. No. 2 (February 2013)

Steven Soderbergh by Aaron Baker (University of Illinois Press), Film Matters Vol. 3 No. 1 (October 2012)

Non-Academic Professional Work

The Cinephiliacs Podcast, Host and Editor, July 2012-Present

Masters of Cinema, Booklet Editor for: Red River (1947), Wings (1927), Serpico (1973), Boomerang! (1947), Too Late Blues (1961), The Quiet Man (1952), Shane (1953), That Cold Day In The Park (1969).

Longform Interviews and Features: Sight & Sound Magazine, Little White Lies, RogerEbert.Com, Filmmaker Magazine, The Film Stage, Press Play.

Reviews appearing in: Variety, The Village Voice, The AV Club, LAist, AKLASU Magazine, The Film Stage.

Video Essays

“On the Q.T—Chapter 2: Pulp Fiction (The Cool),” Co-Authored with Matt Zoller Seitz. Press Play, October 2012.

“Dial K for Kurosawa,” Press Play, May 2012.

Farewell My Lovely, The Last Philip Marlowe Movie,” Press Play, May 2012.

“The Double Life of James and Juliette: Mysteries and Perceptions in Kiarostami’s Certified Copy,” Press Play, February 2012.