My areas of interest are American film history, Hollywood genres, and psychoanalytic film theory. I regularly teach courses like Film Criticism and Film and Literature, while also teaching classes with more narrow topics like Gender and Cinema, Alfred Hitchcock, and American Independent Cinema. My research focuses on psychoanalytic film theory and American cinema--with an emphasis on concepts like spectatorship, the gaze, and enjoyment--and I am especially interested in the work of Todd McGowan, Slavojiek, and Alenka Zupanic. Recently, I have published two articles: the first explains, using the concept of the superego, the appeal of films that feature criminal profilers, and the second theorizes the films of Joel and Ethan Coen using the Freudian conception of the death drive.
PhD, Oklahoma State University. MA, Texas Tech University. BA, Texas A&M University.
“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.
“Hurt--Agony--Pain--Love It!: The Duty of Dissatisfaction in the Profiler Film.” International Journal of iek Studies: iek and Cinema 1.3 (2007). Web.