Recent PhDs

Megan Boyd (2021)

Legitimizing Laughter: The Rise of Feature Comedy
Lawrence University

Maureen Rogers (2020)

Getting in on the Act: How Exploitation Cinema Remade the New Hollywood (and Vice Versa)
Shapiro & Raj

Jonah Horwitz (2019)

Live Television Drama and Its Cinematic Legacies
University of Pittsburgh

Nora Stone (2018)

Marketing the Real: The Creation of a Multilayered Market for Documentary Cinema
University of Alabama

Brandon Colvin (2018)

Making It Real: Performance Styles and Contexts in Contemporary American Microbudget Cinema
University of Alabama

Matt Connolly (2018)

Underground Exploiteer: John Waters and the Development of a Directorial Brand, 1964-1981
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Eric Dienstfrey (2018)

The Stereo Impulse: High Fidelity Cinema and the Making of Modern Surround Sound Aesthetics
University of Texas-Austin

Derek Long (2017)

Reprogramming the movies: distribution strategy and production planning in the early studio system, 1915-1924
University of Illinois

Chelsea McCracken (2017)

Riding the Gay New Wave into New Queer Cinema: revealing the contexts that created a movement
State University of New York, Oneonta

Jenny Oyallon-Koloski (2017)

An aesthetic of contradictions: Jacques Demy, Choreography, and the musical genre
University of Illinois

Booth Wilson (2017)

The most European cinema: Yakov Protazanov across borders, 1909-1930
Shenzhen University, China

Amanda McQueen (2016)

After “the Golden Age”: an industrial history of the Hollywood musical, 1955-1975
New York University

John Powers (2016)

Conjuror’s box: technology and aesthetics in postwar American avant-garde cinema
Washington University in St. Louis

Andrea Comiskey (2015)

The Sticks, the Nabes, and the Broadways: U.S. Film Distribution, 1935-1940
Franklin & Marshall College

Heather Heckman (2014)

Undervalued Stock: Eastman Color’s Innovation and Diffusion, 1900-1957
University of South Carolina

Mark Minett (2013)

Expanding the Standard Story: Rethinking “Early Altman” and the Elaboration of Classical Hollywood Storytelling
University of South Carolina

Maria Belodubrovskaya (2011)

Politically Incorrect: Filmmaking under Stalin and the Failure of Power
Department of Cinema and Media Studies at the University of Chicago

Colin Burnett (2011)

The Invention of Robert Bresson: Style and Taste in the French Cultural Market for Quality Cinema, 1934–1959
Washington University in St. Louis

Billy Budd Vermillion (2011)

Art Cinema in Eastern Europe, 1956-1981
University of Illinois

Pearl Latteier (2010)

The Hollywood Social Problem Film, 1946-1959
Johnson Health Tech

Charlie Michael (2010)

French Blockbusters: Globalization, National Cinema and the Discourses of ‘Cultural Diversity’
Georgia Gwinnett College

Bradley Schauer (2010)

Science Fiction and the Exploitation Tradition in Hollywood, 1950-1986
University of Arizona

David Resha (2010)

The Cinema of Errol Morris
Oxford College of Emory University

Dissertations Underway

Tim Brayton
The Illusion of Depth in Animation

Kait Fyfe
Weaving with a Finer Thread: Editing in the Era of Intensified Continuity

Casey Long
Linguistic Tools for the Analysis of Vocal Performance in Hollywood, 1931-1948

Erica Moulton
Hollywood’s Middlebrow Adaptations: Acquisition and Development of Popular Novels from 1930-1949

Matt St John
The American Film Festival System

Zach Zahos
Art House Film Distribution in the Digital Age: Selling Global Cinema and Classic Movies