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Ph.D. (awarded with Distinction) – English, Syracuse University. 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. – Literary & Cultural Studies, Carnegie Mellon University. 2003.

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



Associate Professor of Media & Communication, Arcadia University. 2016-present.

Assistant Professor of Media & Communication, Arcadia University. 2010-2016.

Teaching Associate, Writing Program & English, Syracuse University. 2004-2010.



 Authored Book

Back to the Fifties: Film and Pop Music in the Re-Generation. New York: Oxford University Press, 2015.

 Articles in Peer-Reviewed Journals

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

 Book Chapters

“Fixing the Fifties in the Reagan Era.” The 1980s: A Critical & 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.

Selected Book Reviews, Public Press and Open-Access Publishing

“Prince And ‘the Other Eighties.’” OUPblog, April 25, 2016.

“Book Review: Jim Jarmusch: Music, Words and Noise.” Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television 36, no. 2 (April 2, 2016): 258–60.

“A pure object, a spectacle, a clown….” CultureBot. January 10, 2013.

The Re-Decade. Companion site for Back to the Fifties .

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

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

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

Selected Conference Presentations

“Oldies, Nostalgia, and the Opening of the FM Dial.” The International Association for Media and History. May 17-20, 2015. Bloomington, IN.

“Soul in the Rear View: The Blues Brothers.” Society of Cinema and Media Studies, March 25-29, 2015. Montreal, QC, Canada

“The ‘New Man’ and Fifties Stardom.” Film & History Conference. October 30, 2014. Madison, WI.

“Michael Jackson and the Legacy of ‘Real Showmen.'” That’s Entertainment!: Valedictory Symposium for Steven Cohan, March 6-7, 2014. Syracuse, NY.

“The Meaning of the Word ‘Neighbor’ in Rear Window.” Society of Cinema & Media Studies. March 6-10, 2013. Chicago IL.

“Blue Velvet through my Ears.” Society of Cinema & Media Studies. March 21-25, 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

“Memory, Mourning, Michael.” School of Foreign Languages, Jiangsu University, China. June 17, 2015.

“On ‘Nice Guy’ Misogyny.” For the Women’s SPEAK OUT. Arcadia University, April 18 2013.

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

American Graffiti, Reconsidered.” Arcadia University Faculty Forum. November 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.

Presentations on Teaching and Pedagogy

Panel Coordinator, “Digital Humanities: On Campus, Outside of the Classroom.” THATCamp Philly. The Humanities and Technology Conference. September 28-29, Philadelphia PA.

Panelist, Assessment Workshop. Faculty Development Workshops . May 2012, Arcadia University.

Participant, THATCamp Philly. The Humanities and Technology Conference. September 23-24, Philadelphia PA

“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.


2010-present: Assistant Professor, Dept of Media & Communication, Arcadia University.

CM 101: Introduction to Media Studies
CM 120: Applied Communications
CM 150: Introduction to Film
CM 213: Writing & Communications
CM 325: Media Studies
US 285: Sound Tracks through Media Culture
ID 181: French Revolutions!

2006-2010: FPP Teaching Associate, Department of English, Syracuse University

ETS 145: Reading Popular Culture
ETS 154: Interpretation of Film
ETS 182: Race and Literary Texts

2006: SummerStart Writing Instructor, Syracuse University

WRT 104: Introduction to College-Level Writing

2005-2006: Coordinator, Weekly Teaching Practicum, Writing Program, Syracuse University

WRT 670: Practicum for New Teachers in Writing

2005: Writing Consultant, SummerStart Program, Syracuse University.
2004-2006: Teaching Associate, Writing Program, Syracuse University

WRT 105: Academic Writing
WRT 205: Critical Research



Instructional Technology Grant. Mobile Podcasting Studio, Arcadia University, 2015.
Faculty Development Grant. SCMS IT / Mobile Program Development, Arcadia University A&S, 2015.
Doctoral Prize in the Humanities, Outstanding Dissertation, Syracuse University. 2011. (competitive, 1 awarded)
Outstanding TA Award, The Graduate School at Syracuse University. 2010. (competitive, 20 awarded)
Teaching Mentor, Fulbright FLTA Orientation, Syracuse NY 2009. (competitive, 4 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.



2014-, Department of Media & Communication, Arcadia University, Undergraduate Director
2013-, Society of Cinema and Media Studies, IT Committee

2012-, Arcadia University, Digital Repository Advisory Group.

2012-, Arcadia University, Committee for University Writing Awards.

2013-14, Arcadia University, Faculty Secretary.

Spring 2013, Arcadia University, Co-Leader for ID381/481: Americans in Paris.

2012, Arcadia University. Junior Faculty Advocacy Group. Asst Coordinator.

2012, Arcadia University, Honors Project Advisor: Rachel Deladesmo, “Street Siren”

2011- Arcadia University, Media & Communication Academic Advising (40 undergraduate students).

2011-, Arcadia University. Facilitating student-run magazine Loco Mag.

2011- Arcadia University, Media & Communication Open House (3/year).

2011, Arcadia University. Acquired “RW” designation for CM213: Writing & Communications.

2011, Arcadia University, Honors Project Advisor: Amy Carpenter: “Hitchcock’s Editing.”

2011, Arcadia University. Commissioned Report on Best Practices for Student Media

2008, Syracuse University. Co-Founder & Coordinator: TA Teaching Archive

2007-2008, Syracuse University. Graduate Student Representative to Graduate Committee

2004-2008, Syracuse University Web Coordinator, English Graduate Organization

2005-2007: Syracuse University, Facilitator, English Graduate Organization

2004: Syracuse University, Graduate Student Representative to English Dept Agenda Committee