Curriculum Vitae


University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts, Los Angeles, CA
Ph.D. Candidate in Cinema and Media Studies, ABD, 2014-Expected 2019
Graduate Certificate in Visual Studies, May 2017
Dissertation: “When A Handshake Meant Something: The Emergence of Entertainment Law and The Constitution of Hollywood Art, 1944-1967”
Committee: Laura Isabel Serna (Chair), J.D. Connor, Catherine Fisk (School of Law, University of California, Berkeley), Steve Ross (History), Vanessa Schwartz (Art History), Ellen Seiter,

Columbia University, School of the Arts, New York, NY
Masters of Arts in Film Studies, 2013-2014
Thesis: “Apocalypse Noir: Apocalyptic Narratives and Temporal Dislocation Within the Modality of Film Noir”
Advisors: Jane Gaines, Rob King, Nico Baumbach

Columbia University, Columbia College, New York, NY
Bachelor of Arts in Film Studies, 2007-2011

Peer Reviewed Publications

“Putting Penn to Paper: Warner Bros.’s Contract Governance and the Transition to New Hollywood” The Velvet Light Trap, Issue #80: Production Cultures, September 2017, pg. 4-17.

“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.


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

Awards, Grants, and Distinguished Honors

Everett Helm Visiting Fellowship, The Lilly Library at the University of Indiana, Bloomington, November 2017.

Fellow, German Historical Institute’s Archival Summer School for Junior Historians, July-August 2017.

Visual Studies Graduate Certificate Summer Research Grant, University of Southern California, April 2017.

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

“The Singing Cowboy’s Crimson Defense: Samuel Williston and Autry v. Republic Productions, Inc. (1947),” Annual Meeting of Society For Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS), Toronto, CA, Forthcoming March 2018.

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

“Out of Step: Narrative Structure, Agency, and the Hollywood Black Dance Sequence,” First Forum USC Graduate Student Cinema and Media Studies 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 Cinema Studies 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

Research Assistant to David Bordwell, Reinventing Hollywood: How 1940s Filmmakers Changed Movie Storytelling (University of Chicago Press, 2017), November 2015-February 2016.

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

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

Book Reviews

Hokum! The Early Sound Slapstick Short and Depression-Era Mass Culture by Rob King (University of California Press, 2017), Film Quarterly, Forthcoming Spring 2018

Film Rhythm After Sound: Technology, Music, and Performance by Lea Jacobs (University of California Press, 2015), Spectator Vol 36. No. 1 (Spring 2016)

They Live by Jonathan Lethem (Soft Skull Press, 2010), Film Matters Vol 3. No. 2 (February 2013)

Steven Soderbergh by Aaron Baker (University of Illinois Press, 2011), Film Matters Vol. 3 No. 1 (October 2012)

Professional Affiliations and Memberships

Society for Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS), 2013-Present

Related Professional Experience

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

Masters of Cinema, Booklet Editor and Researcher: 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).

Film Criticism in Non-Academic Publications

“Shallow Depth: ‘Son of Saul’ Shows Nothing and Says Nothing,” Los Angeles Review of Books, February 2016.

“‘We Just Did Long Takes Every Time’: Hou Hsiao-Hsien on The Assassin,” Filmmaker Magazine, October 2015.

The Littlest Outlaw and Chicano Audiences,” Little White Lies, May 2015, pg. 33-34.

“A More Balanced Audience: The 2015 TCM Film Festival,” RogerEbert.Com, April 2015.

“Not a Deleuze Lecture, but What? Thom Andersen’s The Thoughts That Once We Had,” Filmmaker Magazine, March 2015.

“A Community of Film Lovers: The New Orleans Film Festival,” RogerEbert.Com, November 2014.

“Shock Treatment: The Knick,” Sight & Sound, November 2014, pg 6-7.

“City Limits: Richard Linklater Beyond Texas,” Little White Lies, May 2014, pg 31-32

“Take On Me: When Evening Falls on Bucharest or Metabolism.” Reverse Shot, October 2013.

“The Two Versions,” Companion Booklet to Red River (Masters of Cinema Blu-Ray Release), October 2013, 52-53.

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

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

Reviews, Interviews, and Other Features Appearing In Variety, The Village Voice, The AV Club, LAist, AKLASU Magazine, The Film Stage. For a full list of all articles, please visit other pages on this site.