I’m an associate professor at Case Western Reserve, where I teach film courses on a variety of topics. I received my Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 2003.
My research focuses on the horror genre and the historical reception of cinema. Bringing these two interests together is my 2007 University of California Press book, Uncanny Bodies: The Coming of Sound Film and the Origins of the Horror Genre, which examines the initial historical phase of the horror film in relation to the coming of sound to Hollywood cinema. Here are reviews in Film Quarterly, The Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, Film Criticism, Image & Narrative, Choice, and Music, Sound and the Moving Image.
In 2014, I published A Pocket Guide to Analyzing Films (University of California Press).
Here are some of my essays:
Courses I have taught include Introduction to Film; History of Film—Origins to Present; Introduction to Film Genres; The Horror Film; Science Fiction Films; Hitchcock; Movies and Meaning; American Cinema History and Culture; Watching Movies—Spectatorship, Reception, Reflexivity; and Storytelling and Cinema.