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, Slacker Cinema, the Films of 1999, and Digital Cinema.
My research focuses on psychoanalytic 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 two articles: the first analyzes the depiction of fatherhood in Breaking Bad, and the second explores a concept I call the digital Gothic in the Netflix series Stranger Things.
PhD, Oklahoma State University. MA, Texas Tech University. BA, Texas A&M University.
"Nostalgia, Fantasy, and Loss: Stranger Things and the Digital Gothic." INTERTEXTS, vol. 21, nos. 1-2, 2017, pp.136-58.
"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, pp. 94-108.
“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, pp. 199-218.
“Hurt--Agony--Pain--Love It!: The Duty of Dissatisfaction in the Profiler Film.” International Journal of Zizek Studies: Zizek and Cinema, vol. 1, no.3, 2007.