Department of Communication
Georgia State University

P.O. Box 4000
Atlanta, GA 30302-4000

(404) 413-5605


University of Wisconsin-Madison, Ph.D., Communication Arts, 1998

University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill. M.A., Radio-Television-Film, 1990

Duke University, Durham, North Carolina. B.S., Computer Science, 1984



                   What Media Classes Really Want To Discuss:  A Student Guide (Routledge, forthcoming)

                    Beautiful TV:  The Art and Argument of Ally McBeal, University of Texas Press, 2007.

Film Structure and the Emotion System, Cambridge University Press, 2003.

On a Silver Platter: CD-ROMs and the Promises of a New Technology (editor). New York University Press, 1999.

Passionate Views: Film, Cognition, and Emotion (co-edited with Carl Plantinga). Johns Hopkins University Press, 1999.

Articles/chapters {Most of my writings are available here through either HTML or PDF formats.  I list the HTML link first, followed by a link to the PDF version.}
"Will Eisner:  Vaudevillian of the Cityscape,” in Comics and the City: Urban Space in Print, Picture, and Sequence, edited by Jorn Ahrens and Arno Meteling (Continuum, 2010).
"Masking the Difficulties of the Superhero Film Adaptation," In Media Res (February 23, 2009).

"The Corporate Secret Identity," in The Comic Book Superhero, edited by Angela Ndalianis (Routledge, 2008).

"The Segmenting Spectator:  Documentary Narration and The Aristocrats," Projections:  Movies and Mind 1.2 (2008).

"The Presidency and Popular Culture," (with Mary Stuckey) in Guide to the Presidency, 4th ed., edited by Michael Nelson (Congressional Quarterly Press, 2007).

“A Case of Cold Feet:  Serial Narration and the Character Arc,” in Journal of British Cinema and Television 3.1 (2006).

“Reflecting on the Image:  Sartrean Emotions in the Writings of Andre Bazin,”Film and Philosophy 10 (2006).

"Serial Narrative and Guest Stars: Ally McBeal's Eccentrics," in The Contemporary Television Series, edited by Lucy Mazdon and Michael Hammond (Edinburgh University Press, 2005). (PDF version)

"Passersby and Politics: City of Hope and the Multiple Protagonist Film," in Sayles Talk: Essays on Independent Filmmaker John Sayles, edited by Diane Carson and Heidi Kenaga (Wayne State University Press, 2005). (PDF version)

"Moving Explosions: Metaphors of Emotion in Sergei Eisenstein's Writings," Quarterly Review of Film and Video 21.4 (October-November 2004). (PDF version)

"Country Cookin’ and Cross-Dressin’: Television, Southern Masculinities, and Hierarchies of Cultural Taste," (with Pamela Wilson), Television and New Media 5:3 (August 2004).  (PDF version)

"The Left Takes Back the Flag: The Steadicam, the Snippet, and the Song in The West Wing’s ‘In Excelsis Deo,’" in The West Wing: The American Presidency as Television Drama, edited by Peter C. Rollins and John E. O’Connor (Syracuse University Press, 2003).

"Navigating Myst-y Landscapes: Utopian Discourses and Hybrid Media," in Hop on Pop: The Pleasures and Politics of Popular Culture, edited by Henry Jenkins, Jane Shattuc, and Tara McPherson (Duke University Press, 2003). (PDF version)

"Computer Games Have Words, Too: Dialogue Conventions in Final Fantasy VII,"Game Studies 2.2 (December 2002): www.gamestudies.org.

"Critical Reception of Rashomon in the West," Asian Cinema 13.2 (Fall/Winter 2002). (PDF version)

"Choosing Silence: Robert DeNiro and the Celebrity Interview," in Stars in Our Eyes: The Star Phenomenon in the Contemporary Era, edited by Angela Ndalianis and Charlotte Henry (Praeger, 2002). (PDF version)

"Streisand Shops the Museum Store: Consuming Art on Television," Journal of Popular Film and Television 30.1 (Spring 2002). (PDF version)

"It’s Just a Movie: A Teaching Essay for Introductory Media Classes," Cinema Journal 41.1 (Fall 2001). (PDF version)

"Shaping The Maxx: Adapting the Comic Book Frame to Television," Animation Journal 8.1 (Fall 1999).  (PDF version)

"’To Waste More Time, Click Here Again:’ Monty Python and the Quest for the Film/CD-ROM Adaptation"   (PDF version) and "A Few Words on Interactivity," (PDF version) in On a Silver Platter: CD-ROMs and the Promises of a New Technology, edited by Greg M. Smith (New York University Press, 1999).

"Local Emotions, Global Moods: The Emotion System and Film Structure" and "Introduction" (with Carl Plantinga), in Passionate Views: Film, Cognition, and Emotion, edited by Carl Plantinga and Greg M. Smith (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1999).

"Blocking Blockade: Partisan Protest, Popular Debate, and Encapsulated Texts," Cinema Journal 36.1 (Fall 1996).  (PDF version)

"Silencing the New Woman: Ethnic and Social Mobility in the Melodramas of Norma Talmadge,"Journal of Film and Video 48.3 (Fall 1996).  (PDF version)

"Plotting a Show about Nothing: Patterns of Narration in Seinfeld," Creative Screenwriting 2.1 (Fall 1995). (PDF version)

Professor, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA 2009-present

Associate Professor, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA, 2003-2009

Assistant Professor, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA, 1999-2003

Style and Narrative Analysis
Comparative Issues in Emerging Media
Advanced Film Theory
Issues and Perspectives in Communication Theory
Comics:  Words, Pictures, Stories, Histories
History of Motion Pictures
World Film History
Hollywood Cinema to 1967
Interactive Video Workshop
The Horror Film
Star Studies
Radio Studies
The Author vs. The Audience
Assistant Professor, Carlow College, Pittsburgh, PA, 1995-1999  

Arrested Development and the Narrative of Hyperclosure,” Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference, Los Angeles, CA, 2010.

“Television and Comics,” panel workshop co-chair, Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference, Los Angeles, CA, 2010.

“How Much Serial Is in Your Serial,” invited participant, International Conference on Serial Forms, University of Zurich, Switzerland, 2009.

“John Sayles and City of Hope,” invited participant, Assessing John Sayles Symposium, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, 2008.

"Mortality and Seriality:  Death As a Narrative Principle in Oz," Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference, Philadelphia, PA, 2008.

 “The Presidency and Popular Culture” (with Mary Stuckey), American Political Science Conference, Chicago, IL, 2007.

“Will Eisner and the City,” Comics and the City:  Urban Space in Print, Picture, and Sequence Conference, Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany, 2007.

 “Structuring a One-Joke Film:  Documentary Narration and The Aristocrats,” Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference, Chicago, IL, 2007.

“Taste and Television,” roundtable participant, Flow Television Conference, Austin, TX, 2006.

“Reflecting on the Image:  Sartrean Emotions in the Writings of Andre Bazin,”  invited participant, Audiovisual Emotions:  Representing and Eliciting Emotions through Audiovisual Media Conference, Hamburg, Germany, 2005.

“The Superhero as Labor:  The Secret Corporate Identity,”  Superheroes Conference, Melbourne, Australia, 2005.

“The Wages of Sentimentality,” invited lecture, Kino-Eye Conference (sponsors: Museum of Contemporary Art, Antwerp Film Museum, University of Antwerp), Antwerp, Belgium, 2005.

"Shaping Time:  Expressivity and the Comics Frame," Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference, London, England, 2005.