Curriculum Vitae

Education

  • PhD, American Civilization. Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, 1998.
  • MA, American Civilization. Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, 1992.
  • BA, American Studies & East Asian Studies, high honors. Wesleyan University, Middletown, Connecticut, 1990.

Positions

  • Professor of Film and Media Studies/English, University of South Carolina, 2011-
  • Interim Director, Moving Image Research Collections, University Libraries, University of South Carolina, 2009-2013
  • Associate Professor of Film and Media Studies/English, University of South Carolina, 2007-2011
  • Associate Professor of English, Florida State University, 2004-2007.
  • Assistant Professor of English, Florida State University, 1998-2004.

Books

  • “Mass Media U.” With John Marx. Work in progress: http://humanitiesafterhollywood.org
  • “Accounting for Motion Pictures” Work in progress.
  • Universal Women: Filmmaking and Institutional Change in Early Hollywood. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2010. Selected Reviews: Jan-Christopher Horak in Screening the Past 28 (2010); Kathleen Feeley in The Journal of American History 98.1 (2011): 224-225; Luci Marzola in The Moving Image 11.2 (2011): 113-115. Pennee Bender in Business History Review 85.3 (2011): 666-68. Vicki Callahan in Enterprise and Society 13.4 (2012): 916-918. Paul Monticone in Velvet Light Trap 69 (2012): 61-64.
  • Love Rules: Silent Hollywood and the Rise of the Managerial Class. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2003. Selected Reviews: Daniel Marranghello, “El Amor Romántico En El Cine Mudo De Hollywood,” La Prensa Libre (30 Jul. 2007): 11; Martha Nochimson in Film Quarterly 59.2 (2005): 68-70; Nan Enstad in Journal of Interdisciplinary History 36.1 (2005): 115-16; Nathalie Brillon in Screening the Past 17 (2004); Kristen Whissel in Film Criticism 29.1 (2004): 82-86; Kachig Tölölyan in Choice, 41.2 (2003): 1085.

Refereed Journal Articles

  • “Crisis, Crisis, Crisis: Big Media and the Humanities Workforce.” With John Marx. differences 24.3 (2014).
  • “Archive, Theater, Ship: The Phelps Sisters Film the World.” Researching Women in Silent Cinema: New Findings and Perspectives. Monica Dall’Asta, Victoria Duckett, Lucia Tralli, eds. University of Bolonga, 2013. DOI 10.6092/unibo/amsacta/3805
  • “Studio History Revisited: The Case of the Universal Women.” Quarterly Review of Film and Video 25.1 (2008): 16-36.
  • “The Contradictions of Minority Report.” Film Criticism 28.2 (Winter 2003-04): 24-41.
  • “Narrative Spaces.” Screen 43.2 (2002): 139-57.
  • “Love, Danger, and the Professional Ideology of Hollywood Cinema.” Cultural Critique 39 (1998): 85-118.

Solicited Articles and Book Chapters

  • “Tackling Universal Women as a Research Problem: What Historiographic Sources Do and Don’t Tell Us about ‘Gender’ in the Silent Motion Picture Studio.” Framework 51.2 (2011).
  • “Pearl White and Grace Cunard: The Serial Queen’s Volatile Present.” Star Decades: Screen Stars of the 1910s. Ed. Jennifer M. Bean. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 2011.

Encyclopedia Entries, Program Notes, Reviews, and Online Sources

  • “Motion Picture Accounting.” Oxford Bibliographies. Oxford University Press (forthcoming, 2014). Refereed.
  • “I. A. Richards Collection.” With John Marx. WGBH OpenVault. Collection description, introductory essay, and descriptive metadata for Sense of Poetry (8 episodes) and Wrath of Achilles (8 episodes). 2013-2014. Refereed.
  • “Ruth Ann Baldwin,” “Lillian Gish,” “Cleo Madison,” “Ida May Park,” and “Kathlyn Williams.” Women Film Pioneers Project. Ed. Jane Gaines, Radha Vatsal, and Monica Dall’Asta. Center for Digital Research and Scholarship. New York: Columbia University Libraries, 2013.
  • Rev. of Writings, by Vilém Flusser. Rhizomes 17 (2008).
  • Program notes for If My Country Should Call, Le Giornate del Cinema Muto 2008.
  • “Spectatorship.” Encyclopedia of Early Cinema. Ed. Richard Abel. New York: Routledge, 2005.
  • Rev. of Parallel Tracks: The Railroad and Silent Cinema, by Lynne Kirby. Screen 39.2 (1998): 206-09.
  • Recent Refereed Conference Presentations
  • “The Televisual Archive: New Directions in Research and Access.” Workshop presentation. Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference, Seattle, 2014.
  • “The Challenge of Archival Film: An Islandora Solution for Big Video.” With Heather Heckman. Open Repositories Conference, University of Prince Edward Island, 2013.
  • “The Old/New Politics of Digital Humanities.” With John Marx. Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference, Chicago, 2013.
  • “Archive, Theater, Ship (Nixon/Puerto Rico Edition).” American Studies Association Meeting, San Juan, Puerto Rico, 2012”
  • “Teaching the Archive.” Workshop participant. Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference, Boston, 2012.
  • “The Artwork in the Age of Accounting.” Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference, Boston, 2012.
  • “Archive, Theater, Ship.” Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference, New Orleans, 2011
  • “Amateur Filmmaking Amidst the Institutions, the Case of Claudia Lea Phelps.” Women and the Silent Screen VI, Bologna, 2010 (Plenary Panel).
  • “How Hollywood Invented the English Novel.” Co-authored with John Marx. Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference, Los Angeles, 2010.

Recent Invited Talks

  • “Metadata and the Future of the Humanities.” Orphan Film Symposium, Eye Film Institute, Amsterdam, 2014.
  • “Big Media and the Humanities Workforce.” Vanderbilt University, Nashville, 2014.
  • “Metadata Challenges of Digital Video Repositories” and “Introduction to Moving Image Research Collections.” Media Ecologies Project Symposium, Dartmouth College, 2013.
  • “Crisis, Crisis, Crisis: Big Media and the Humanities Workforce.” With John Marx. University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, 2013.
  • “Humanities After Hollywood.” 2 one-hour lectures with John Marx. Florida State University, February 2012.
  • “Chinese Films in the United States: A Century of Exchange.” Beijing Language and Cultures University, Beijing, November 2011.
  • “Moving Image Research Collections at the University of South Carolina: Collections and Practices” China Film Archive, Beijing, November 2011.
  • “The Iron Horse in Hollywood,” Introduction to screening, Orphans West Event, UCLA, Los Angeles, May 2011.
  • “The Image and the Archive,” Workshop participant, Centre for the Study of the United States, Cinema Studies Institute, Jackman Humanities Institute, University of Toronto, Toronto, December 2010.
  • “The Humanities after Hollywood.” Invited lecture, Centre for the Study of the United States, University of Toronto, Toronto, December 2010.
  • “Film and History,” Invited presentation, History Seminar, University of South Carolina, Columbia, November 2010.
  • “Silent Hollywood, Cinema of Contradictions.” Silent Film Festival hosted by the Michael Cacoyannis Foundation, Athens, Greece, October 2010.
  • “Claudia Lea Phelps’ Laconia Reel.” Introduction to screening, Orphan Film Symposium, New York City April 2010.
  • “Tackling Universal Women as a Research Problem: What Historiographic Sources Do and Don’t Tell Us about ‘Gender’ in the Silent Motion Picture Studio.” Invited lecture, Museum of Modern Art/Columbia University, Women’s Film History Network–UK/Ireland, March 2010.
  • “Gender and Work at the Universal Film Manufacturing Co.” Invited lecture, Columbia College, February 2010.

Leadership

As interim director of Moving Image Research Collections:

  • Led acquisition of Chinese Film Collection (900 titles), South Carolina Arts Commission Collection (300 titles), and numerous smaller home movie collections.
  • Unit awarded more than $1,000,0000 in external grants.
  • Increased full-time faculty/staff to eight from six, increased temporary staff to five from one.
  • Improved film storage conditions: lead design and construction of 500+ sq. ft. of new cold storage, dramatically improved environmental conditions for remote nitrate film storage.
  • Established $250,000 Digital Video Repository pilot project with local team of 11+ members: software development in partnership with external consultants, local configuration of 500+TB of storage.
  • Implemented database management of film inventories, barcoding, movement and condition tracking.
  • Pioneered summer internship program with New York University’s Moving Image Archiving and Preservation Program.

Selected Fellowships and Awards

  • University of South Carolina, Provost’s Humanities Grant. “Completion funding for ‘Humanities after Hollywood’.” PI. $8533.34. 2013-2015.
  • University of South Carolina, English Department Research Professorship. “Humanities after Hollywood.” PI. $8533.34. 2013-2014.
  • University of South Carolina, ASPIRE III Grant. “A Small-Gauge High-Resolution Film Scanner for Moving Image Research Collections.” PI. $98,000. 2013-2014.
  • Institute of Museum and Library Science, National Leadership Grant. “Development and validation of infrared spectroscopy as a rapid, non-destructive tool for determining the degradation state of magnetic tape.” Co-PI. $498,812. 2012-2014.
  • National Endowment for the Humanities, Preservation and Access Division, Research and Development Award. “An Open Source Application for Image-Based Digital Reproduction of Optical Film Sound.” Co-PI. $300,000. 2011-2013.
  • Florida State University, Library Primary Source Development Grant, “Early Hollywood Press.” $4,696. 2004.
  • Florida State University, Committee on Faculty Research Support (COFRS) Summer 2003-2004 Award. $8,000. 2003 (for summer 2004).
  • Florida State University, Library Primary Source Development Grant. “Films of Critically Important Women Directors.” $6,500. 2003.
  • Planning Grant. Project: Women Film Pioneers, Universal Studios, 1915-1930, Florida State University, 2002. $10,000.
  • Florida State University, Superior Liberal Studies Honors Teacher Award. 2001.
  • Brown University, Pembroke Research Seminar Graduate Fellow, Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research on Women.1995-96.
  • Jacob K. Javits Graduate Student Fellowship, 1991-1995.

Editorial Work

  • Referee, Film History, differences: A Journal of Feminist Cultural Studies; Diaspora: A Journal of Transnational Studies; Framework; Journal of Early Modern Cultural Studies, PMLA.
  • Special Contributor and Consultant, Cinema Terms, American Heritage Dictionary, 2000.
  • Managing Editor, differences: A Journal of Feminist Cultural Studies. July 1997-July 1998.
  • Assistant Editor, differences: A Journal of Feminist Cultural Studies. June 1995-June 1997.

Courses Taught—University of South Carolina

  • Cinema and the Archives
  • Media Culture
  • Film and Media History
  • Cinema, Sex, and the City, 1913-1933
  • Introduction to Film and Media Studies
  • History of Cinema 1 (to 1945)
  • Film and Media Theory

PhD Committees

  • Matt Ross (Mass Communications, SC). Reader. Fall 2013
  • Nathan Saunders (History, SC). Reader. ABD Spring 2013.
  • Anthony Stagliano (Rhetoric, SC). ABD Spring 2013.
  • Matthew Haught (Mass Communications, SC). Reader. ABD. Spring 2013.
  • Zhu Yun (Comparative Literature, SC). “‘Sisters’ in Diversity: Negotiating Gender and Sexuality in Chinese Nationalist Imaginary, 1890s-1930s.” Reader. Spring 2012.
  • Glen Jellenik (English, SC). “An Alternate Spirit of the Age: George Coleman the Younger’s Production of Romantic-Period British Identity.” Reader. Spring 2011.
  • John Conway (English, SC), “Lost in the American Labyrinth: Literary and Cultural Explorations into 20th Century American Identity and Place.” Reader. Spring 2011.
  • Celia James (History, SC). NAACP Films. Prelims Fall 2010.
  • Meeghan Kane (History, SC). History of Spring Break. Prelims Spring 2010.
  • John Woodward (Humanties, FSU), “Post-Wall Cinema.” Director. Spring 2009.
  • Curt Carbonell (Humanities, FSU), “Literary Studies and the Third Culture.” Director. Fall 2008. Current Position: Assistant Professor of Literature, New York Institute of Technology, Bahrain.
  • Cheira Bellguellaoui (Modern Languages, FSU), “Algerian Cinema.” Fall 2007. Current position: Assistant Professor, Modern Languages, DePauw University.
  • David Simmons (Humanities, FSU), “The Dysphoric Style in Contemporary American Film.” Spring 2005. Co-director. Current position: Assistant Professor, Humanities, Northwest Florida State College.
  • Deane Tucker (English, FSU), “Erasing Time: A Deconstruction of Temporality in the Cinema.” Spring 2001. Current position: Professor of English and Humanities, Chadron State College.

Selected Professional Service

  • Member, Archives Task Force, Society for Cinema and Media Studies, 2013.
  • Chair (interim), Media Archives Committee, Society for Cinema and Media Studies, 2011-2012
  • Member, Media Archives Committee, Society for Cinema and Media Studies, 2009-2011.
  • Co-Executive Secretary, Women in Film History International Association, 2008-2010.
  • Co-Chair, Women in Screen History Scholarly Interest Group, Society for Cinema and Media Studies, 2008-2011.
  • Chair, Search for Director of Irvin Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, University of South Carolina, 2011.
  • Chair, Search for Cataloger, Moving Image Research Collections, University of South Carolina, 2011.
  • Chair, Search for Assistant Director and Curator, Moving Image Research Collections, 2011.
  • English Department Undergraduate Committee, University of South Carolina, 2007-2011.
  • English Department Teaching Committee, University of South Carolina, 2007-2008, 2012-2013.
  • Dean’s appointee to Art Department Tenure and Promotion Committee, University of South Carolina, 2012.
  • Film and Media Studies Program Committee of the Whole, University of South Carolina, 2009-
  • Film and Media Studies Program Job Search Committee, University of South Carolina, 2011-2012.
  • Film and Media Studies Program Job Search Committee (2 positions), University of South Carolina, 2008-2009.
  • Film and Media Studies Program Curriculum Revision Committee, University of South Carolina, 2007-2008.
  • United Faculty of Florida Collective Bargaining Team Member, Florida State University, 2006.
  • Faculty Senate Steering Committee, Florida State University,2005-2006 (Elected Position).
  • Chair, Inquiry Panel: Misconduct in Creative Activity (appointed by Dean of the Faculties), Florida State University, 2004.
  • Representative to Statewide Course Numbering System, English Area Review Committee, Florida State University, 2004.