Abbreviated. For a PDF of complete vita, click here.


2018 – Present
Assistant Professor of English and Comparative Literature
The University of North Carolina Chapel Hill

2013 – 2017
Assistant Professor of Media and Communication Studies
The Catholic University of America



Main Street Movies: The History of Local Films in the United States. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2018.

Peer-Reviewed Articles

The Theatre or the Schoolhouse?: The Social Center, the Model Picture Show, and the Logic of Counter-attractions. Film History 29, No. 4 (2017), 1-31.

The Well Lighted Theater or the Semi-Darkened Room?: Transparency, Opacity, and Participation in the Institution of Cinema. 2014. Early Popular Visual Culture 12, No. 2 (2014), 199-212.

 ‘An Added Bonus’: Local Films, Local Newsreels and the Strand News in Warsaw, Indiana (1938–1955), Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television 32, No. 3 (2012), 401-417.

The Places You’ll Know: From Self-Recognition to Place Recognition in the Local Film,The Moving Image 10, No. 1 (2010), 24-50.



“Don’t call it advertising: the thinly veiled history of non-theatrical film in the United States,” Screen Advertising Workshop, Sigtuna Foundation, Sigtuna, Sweden.

“‘To See Yourself As Others See You’: The Persistence of the Local in Screen Media,” Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Oklahoma.


“Reclaiming the Local Film: Artifacts, Archives, and Audiences,” Boston Film Colloquium, Northeastern University.


“‘The Best Advertisement Will Never Be Written’: The Advertising Film Before Commercial Broadcasting.” Special Collections in Mass Media & Culture, University of Maryland.


Introduction to Film Analysis, Histories of Moviegoing, Documentary Film, Contemporary Global Cinema, American Cinema to 1960, Useful Cinema.