Media. Cultural Studies. Writing.

Michael D. Dwyer, Ph.D

Assistant Professor of Media & Communications
Arcadia University
224 Murphy Hall
Glenside, PA 19038
Phone:215.572.2857 (office)


Ph.D. – Syracuse University, English. Awarded with distinction, April 2010.

  • Dissertation: “Back to the Fifties: Pop Nostalgia in the Reagan Era.”
  • Committee:  Steven Cohan (Chair), Susan Edmunds, Roger Hallas, Jane Feuer, Patricia Roylance

M.A. – Carnegie Mellon, Literary & Cultural Studies. 2003.

B.A. (Honors) – University of Miami, English. 2002.

Work in Progress

Back to the Fifties: Hollywood Film, Pop Music, and the Re-Decade


“The Same Old Songs.” Alphaville Journal of Film and Screen Media. Issue 3 (Summer 2012).

“Fixing the Fifties in the Reagan Era.”  The 1980s: A Transitional Decade.  Duncan Campbell and Kimberly R. Moffitt, eds.  Latham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield / Lexington Books. December 2010.

“It Was Something: Kathleen Hanna, Sadie Benning, and the Limits of Grrrl-hood.” Singing for Themselves: Essays on Women in Popular Music.  Patricia Spence Rudden, ed. Newcastle-upon-Tyne (UK): Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2007.

“The Gathering of the Juggalos and the Peculiar Sanctity of Fandom.” Flow. December 17, 2010.

“Raphael Saadiq’s Soul Memory.” In Media Res. August 30, 2012.

Selected Conference Presentations

Blue Velvet through our Ears.” Society of Cinema and Media Studies. March 25, 2012. Boston, MA.

“The Same Old Songs? Inventing Oldies in 1980s Cinema.” Society of Cinema and Media Studies. March 8-12, 2011. New Orleans, LA.

“Back in Time: Pastiching the Fifties.” Society of Cinema and Media Studies.  Tokyo, Japan.  May 21-24, 2009. (Conference rescheduled to March 2010, Los Angeles CA.)
“Back to the Fifties: Ronald Reagan and Marty McFly.” Popular Culture Association/ American Culture Association. San Francisco, CA. March 18-22, 2008.
Panel Respondent. 
“Embodying Difference/ Representing Identity.” Regional LGBT/Queer Studies Conference.  Syracuse University, November 3, 2007.
“Alfred Hitchcock and a Cultural Geography of Greenwich Village.” Albany-Syracuse Americanist Exchange. Albany, NY, April 13, 2007. 
“It Was Something: The DIY Aesthetics and Body Politics of Kathleen Hanna and Sadie Benning.” Midwest Modern Language Association, Chicago IL. November 10-12, 2006. 
“Radical Cheerleading and the Aesthetics of Political Demonstration after Seattle.” University of Albany Graduate Conference in the Humanities. Albany, NY. April 22-23, 2006.
“It Takes the Village: The Urban Space Outside Hitchcock’s Rear Window.” SW/TX Popular Culture Association / American Culture Association. Albuquerque, NM. Feb 8-11, 2006.

Invited Lectures

“Re-Reading American Graffiti.” Philadelphia Cinema and Media Seminar. Temple University Humanities Center. December 8, 2011.

“Star Legacies: Remembering James Dean and Sandra Dee.” Word and Image Colloquium, Syracuse University English Department.  April 17, 2009.

“Writing Your Way In to Film Studies.” Knight Institute for Writing in the Disciplines. Cornell University. February 2008. “Watching with Hitchcock.” Knight Institute for Writing in the Disciplines.  Cornell University. September 2007.

Teaching Experience

2010-Current: Assistant Professor of Communications, Department of English, Communications and Theater, Arcadia University.

CM101: Introduction to Media Studies (fall 2010, spring 2011);
CM213: Writing & Communications (fall 2010, spring 2011);
CM325: Media Studies Seminar “From Culture Industry to Convergence.” (fall 2010, spring 2011).

2006-2010: Future Professoriate Project Teaching Associate, Department of English, Syracuse University

ETS 145: Reading Pop Culture
(Fall 09, Fall 08, Summer 08, Spring 07, Fall 06)
ETS 154: Interpretation of Film
(Spring 10, Spring 09, Spring 08, Summer 07)
ETS 182: Race and Literary Texts
(Fall 07)
2006: SummerStart Writing Instructor, Syracuse University
WRT 104: Introduction to College Writing (Summer 06)
2005: Coordinator, Weekly Teaching Practicum, Writing Program, Syracuse University
WRT 670: Practicum for New Teachers in Writing
(Fall 05)
2005: Writing Consultant, SummerStart Program, Syracuse University.
2004-2005: Teaching Associate, Writing Program, Syracuse University
WRT 105: Academic Writing
(Fall 04, Fall 05)
WRT 205: Critical Research
(Spring 05)

Pedagogical Presentations

“Bringing it Home: Web 2.0 and Pop Pedagogy.”

Syracuse University Project Advance English/Writing Conference. Syracuse University, October 14, 2009.

“Building a Teaching Archive.” Professional Development Seminars.  The Graduate School, Syracuse University.  November 2008.

“Leading a Discussion or Recitation.” Teaching Assistant Orientation Program. The Graduate School, Syracuse University. August 2008. 
“Using Blackboard to Teach.” English Department Orientation Program. Syracuse University.  August 2007. 
“Leading a Discussion or Recitation.” TA Orientation Program.  The Graduate School, Syracuse University. August 2007. 
“Facilitating and Evaluating Student Writing.” Professional Development Seminars.  The Graduate School, Syracuse University. March 2007. 
“Teaching with Images.” TA Orientation Program.  The Graduate School, Syracuse University. August 2006.

Academic Service

2008: Co-Founder & Coordinator: TA Teaching Archive

  • Coordinate contributions from current TA’s and alumni
  • Build and maintain web interface and content management system
2007-2008: Graduate Student Representative to English Dept Graduate Committee
  • Oversee & administer policies for graduate curriculum
  • Draft and amend language for new graduate program
  • Participate in graduate admissions process
  • Voting member of Departmental Assembly
2004-2008: Web Coordinator, English Graduate Organization
  • Designed and maintained EGO blog, webpage, and document archive to organize, index, and present public and internal information.
2005-2007: Facilitator, English Graduate Organization
  • Co-Founded and organized EGO Speaker Series, with support of Department & GSO
  • Co-Founded and organized Negotiations graduate student paper series
  • Organized “Americanist Exchange” with University of Albany, with support of Department
  • Facilitate faculty/graduate student policy and curriculum cooperation
2004: Graduate Student Representative to English Dept Agenda Committee
  • Determine agenda for Departmental Assembly meetings
  • Voting member Department Assembly

Honors and Fellowships

  • Teaching Mentor, Fulbright FLTA Program, Syracuse NY 2009. (competitive, 6 awarded)
  • Syracuse University TAOP Teaching Fellow, 2006-2008. (competitive, 25 awarded)
  • Syracuse University English Department Summer Fellowship, 2006-2007.
  • Raymond Williams Fellowship, Carnegie Mellon University. 2002-2003.

Selected Public Press

 “On Windows Closing.” Negative Dunkalectics. January 2012.

“iFrenzy.”Jerk Magazine.  Syracuse, NY.  May 2006.

“Debts Outstanding: Risk and Return.” Unicorn Mountain, volume 1. Pittsburgh, PA. Summer 2005.

“No Playing: Excluding Youth from the Public Sphere.” Free Voices. 2 July 2004.
“Why DIY Still Matters.” Pittpunk. Pittsburgh, PA. April 2004. Republished by, June 2004.
“This Scene Could Change Your Life (no, really).” Pittpunk. Pittsburgh, PA. February 2004.