My areas of interest are American film history, Hollywood genres, and psychoanalytic film theory, and I regularly teach Film Criticism, Film and Literature, and Gender and American Cinema. I have also taugt graduate seminars on topics like Film Noir, Alfred Hitchcock, Slacker Cinema, and the Films of 1999.
My research focuses on psychoanalytic film theory and American cinema--with an emphasis on concepts like desire, the gaze, and enjoyment--and I am especially interested in the work of Todd McGowan, Slavoj Zizek, and Alenka Zupancic. Recently, I have published three articles: the first explains, using the concept of the superego, the appeal of movies that feature criminal profilers, the second theorizes the films of Joel and Ethan Coen as an expression of the Freudian death drive, and the third analyzes the depiction of fatherhood in Breaking Bad.
PhD, Oklahoma State University. MA, Texas Tech University. BA, Texas A&M University.
"Say My Name: The Fantasy of Liberated Masculiniy in Breaking Bad." The Methods of Breaking Bad: Narrative, Character, and Ethics. Eds. Jacob Blevins and Dafydd Wood. McFarland Press, 2014. 94-108. Print.
“Cold-Blooded Coen Brothers: The Death Drive and No Country for Old Men.” No Country for Old Men: From Novel to Film. Eds. Lynnea Chapman King, Rick Wallach, and Jim Welsh. Scarecrow Press, 2009. 199-218. Print.
“Hurt--Agony--Pain--Love It!: The Duty of Dissatisfaction in the Profiler Film.” International Journal of Zizek Studies: iek and Cinema 1.3 (2007). Web.