Possessed Women, Haunted States: Cultural Tensions in Exorcism Cinema


I am proud to announce the impending release of my first monograph (co-authored with Dr. CarrieLynn Reinhard of Dominican University), Possessed Women, Haunted States: Cultural Tensions in Exorcism Cinema. The book considers the various ways that the exorcism films produced since the release of The Exorcist (William Friedkin, 1973) either reflect, reinforce, or challenge prevailing sociocultural and historical anxieties relating to women, people of color, and the nonheteronormative.

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My first journal article

Just a quick post to share some big news: last week, I published my first peer-reviewed journal article! In addition, the article won the Fred E. H. Schroeder Paper Award at the Midwest Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association annual conference this past weekend! My (award-winning!) article “Shakespeare, Didgeridoos, and Samurai Cowboys: Remixing National and Cultural Identities in Sukiyaki Western Django” appears in the latest double issue of the Popular Culture Studies Journal, the official journal of the MPCA/ACA. If you want to read this article, you can download the issue (for free!) right here.

(please excuse the fact that I appear to have misspelled “didgeridoos” in the title of the article…I have no idea what happened there)

Making Sense of Cinema: Empirical Studies into Film Spectators and Spectatorship


Hello! I know it’s been a while since I’ve updated this ol’ blog of mine (outside of the call for chapters I posted last week, anyway), but in my defense I’ve been busy with some other projects. In addition to working on the Pop Culture Lens podcast, I’ve been plugging away on some book projects with my partner, CarrieLynn D. Reinhard. While I can’t really talk about one of those projects at this time (but I can hint that it does relate to this post), the other one will be released soon, and therefore I wanted to get the word out about it well in advance.

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