I have taught film history, theory and criticism at Seton Hall University since 1989, along with courses in visual theory and media studies, including mass communication and gender in film. I am most concerned with teaching students visual literacy and assisting them in close readings of films. My chief concern is to teach the importance of cinema as an art form, and to encourage the evaluation of specific works of the cinema. The cinema contains numerous social, economic and political trends of society, but it is first and foremost the most important and influential artform of the twentieth- and twenty-first centuries. It is important for students to establish criteria as they study film, to separate the important from the insignificant and to see why cinema, at its best, addresses basic questions of daily life.
- Ph.D., New York University
- M.A., New York University; M.A., Villanova University
- B.A., La Salle University
Jack Webb and the Vagaries of Rightist Television Entertainment
- "Death of the Strong, Silent Type"
Film International, vol. 7., February 2009, 51, No. 4, Summer 2012, June 2012
- The Rifleman
Wayne State University Press.,2005
- Planks of Reason: Essays on the Horror Film
Scarecrow Press., 2004
- Mythologies of Violence in Postmodern Media
Wayne State University Press., 1999
- Crisis Cinema: the Apocalyptic Idea in Postmodern Narrative Film
Maisonneuve Press; 1st Ed., 1993
Researcher of the Year Award, College of Arts and Sciences, 2014.
Plenary Speaker, York College Film-Literature Conference, York PA October 12, 2012
Editorial Board, Quarterly Review of Film and Video, 2011
Advisory Board, Columbia University Seminar on Cinema and Interdisciplinary Interpretation
Editorial Board, Cinema Journal; Associate Media Editor, USA Today magazine (1992-1999)
- Cineaste, Framework, Film International and other journals