Indiana University, Ph.D., Comparative Literature, 1978
Indiana University, M.A., Classics, 1975
Indiana University, M.A., Comparative Literature, 1972
University of Chicago, A.B., General Studies in the Humanities, 1970


Adjunct Professor of Jazz Studies, Columbia University, 2014-present
Professor of Comparative Literature, SUNY Stony Brook, 1981-2014
Assistant Professor, Dept. of English, Stephens College, 1979-1981
Assistant Professor, Depts. of Classics and Modern Languages, University of South Dakota, 1977-1979




Better Git It in Your Soul: An Interpretive Biography of Charles Mingus.

University of California Press, 2016

Hotter Than That: The Trumpet, Jazz, and American Culture.

Faber and Faber/Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2008.

Black Magic: White Hollywood and African American Culture.

Rutgers University Press, 2004.

Psychiatry and the Cinema, Second Edition.

American Psychiatric Press, 1999. (With Glen O. Gabbard, M.D.) First edition: 1987, University of Chicago Press. Italian translation by Paolo Pancheri: Cinema e psichiatria (Milano: Raffaello Cortina, 2000). Turkish translation by Yusuf Aradam: Psikiyatri ve Sinema (2003)

Jammin’ at the Margins: Jazz and the American Cinema.

University of Chicago Press, 1996.



Screening Genders

Rutgers University Press, 2008 (with William Luhr).

Representing Jazz

Duke University Press, 1995.

Jazz Among the Discourses

Duke University Press, 1995.



Editor in Chief, Cinema and Media Studies

Oxford Bibliographies.



“La La Land Is a Hit, But Is It Good for Jazz?”

Daedalus 148.2 (2019): 92-103.

“Writing the Jazz Life.”

The Routledge Companion to Jazz Studies, ed. Nicholas Gebhardt, Nichole Rustin-Paschal, and Tony Whyton. Routledge, 2019, pp. 465-473.

“Syncopated Women: Gender and Jazz History in 1942 Hollywood.”

Jazz @ 100: An Alternative to a Story of Jazz Heroes, ed. Wolfram Knauer. Wolke Verlag Hofheim, 2018, pp. 155-165.

“Playing the Clown: Charles Mingus, Jimmy Knepper, and Jerry Maguire.”

Watching Jazz: Encounters with Jazz Performance on Screen, ed. Bjorn Helle, Peter Elsdon, and Jenny Doctor. Oxford University Press, 2016, pp. 185-201.

“Another Other History of Jazz in the Movies.”

The Cambridge Companion to Film Music, ed. Mervyn Cooke and Fiona Ford. Cambridge University Press, 2016, pp. 187-199.

“They Always Get the Better of You Somehow: Preston Sturges in Black and White.”

ReFocus: The Films of Preston Sturges, ed. Jeff Jaeckle and Sarah Kozloff. Edinburgh University Press, 2015, pp. 155-172.

“Noiring the Pitch: The Conflicted Soundtracks of Out of the Past, The Blue Gardenia, and The Long Goodbye.”

Film Noir, ed. Homer B. Pettery and R. Barton Palmer. Edinburgh University Press, 2014, pp. 103-121.

“The Vanishing Love Song in Film Noir.”

Kiss the Blood Off My Hands: On Classic Film Noir, ed. Robert Miklitsch. University of Illinois Press, 2014, pp. 62-79.

“Friz Freleng’s Jazz: Animation and Music at Warner Bros.”

The Wiley-BlackwellHistory of American Film, Vol II: 1929-1945, ed. Cynthia Lucia, et al. Wiley-Blackwell, 2012, pp. 379-396.

“The Hypertexts of Short Cuts: The Jazz in Altman’s Carver Soup.”

Robert Altman: Critical Essays, ed. Rick Armstrong. McFarland, 2011, pp. 20-37.

“Signifyin(g) the Phallus: Mo’ Better Blues and Representations of the Jazz Trumpet.”

New Horizons in Jazz Research, ed. Michael S. Molasky. Tokyo: Artes Press, 2010. (Japanese translation of my article from 1996.)

“Eddie Murphy: The Rise and Fall of the Golden Child.”

Acting for America: Movie Stars of the 1980s, ed. Robert Eberwein. Rutgers University Press, 2010, pp. 120-138.

“Al Jolson: The Man Who Changed Movies Forever.”

Idols of Modernity: Movie Stars of the 1920s, ed. Patrice Petro. Rutgers University Press, 2010, pp. 202-226.

“How Many Miles? Alternate Takes on the Jazz Life.”

Thriving on a Riff: Jazz and Blues Influences in African American Literature and Film, ed. Graham Lock and David Murray. Oxford University Press, 2009, pp. 184-200.

“Struttin’ With Some Brass: African American Transformations of the Trumpet.”

Early Twentith-Century Brass Idioms: Art, Jazz, and Other Popular Traditions, ed. Howard T. Weiner. Scarecrow Press, 2008, 41-48.

“1998: Movies, Dying Fathers, and a Few Survivors.”

American Cinema of the 1990s: Themes and Variations, ed. Chris Holmlund. Rutgers University Press, 2008, pp. 203- 224.

“The Jazz Actor in the Racial Matrix.”

The American Psychoanalyst 41:4 (2007): 21 – 39.

“White Face, Black Noise: Miles Davis and the Soundtrack.”

Beyond the Soundtrack: Representing Music in Cinema, ed. Daniel Goldmark, et al. University of California Press, 2007, pp. 260-276

“‘What Does the Eye Demand?’: Sexuality, Forbidden Vision and Embodiment in Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings Trilogy.”

From Hobbits to Hollywood: Essays on Peter Jackson’s “The Lord of the Rings”, ed. Ernest Mathijs and Murray Pomerance. New York and Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2006, pp. 265-281. (With Ruth Goldberg)

“Miles Davis and the Soundtrack of Modernity.”

Cinema and Modernity, ed. Murray Pomerance. Rutgers University Press, 2006, pp. 155-174.

“Miles From Home: Miles Davis and the Movies.”

The Source 1 (2004): 27-41

“Improvisation and Imitation: Marlon Brando as Jazz Actor.”

The Other Side of Nowhere, ed. Daniel Fischlin and Ajay Heble. Wesleyan University Press, 2004, pp. 298-318.

“Paris Blues: Ellington, Armstrong, and Saying It With Music.”

Uptown Conversations: The New Jazz Studies, ed. Robert G. O’Meally, et al. Columbia University Press, 2004, pp. 297-311.

“Saving It Twice: Preserving Jazz in Documentaries, Compilation Films, and Short Subjects” and “The Decline and Fall of the Jazz Biopic.”

All That Jazz: From New Orleans to Hollywood and Beyond, ed. Franco La Polla. Milan, Italy: Edizioni Olivares, 2003, pp. 109-131.

“Stanley Kubrick and the Art Cinema.”

Stanley Kubrick’s “A Clockwork Orange”, ed. Stuart Y. McDougal. Cambridge Film Handbooks. Cambridge University Press, 2003, pp. 85-108. (With Shailja Sharma)

“Whose Jazz, Whose Cinema?”

Movie Music: The Film Reader, ed. Kay Dickinson. Routledge, 2003, pp. 121-32.

“The Word Jazz” and “Images of Jazz.”

The Cambridge Companion to Jazz, ed. Merwyn Cooke and David Horn. Cambridge University Press, 2002, pp. 1-6, 332-46.

“The Day the Clown Quit: Jerry Lewis Returns to The Jazz Singer’s Roots.”

Enfant Terrible: Jerry Lewis in American Film, ed. Murray Pomerance. New York University Press, 2002, pp. 91-106.

“Saving Private Ryan Too Late.”

The End of Cinema As We Know It… American Film in the Nineties, ed. Jon Lewis. New York University Press, 2001, pp. 131- 38.

“Borrowing Black Masculinity: The Role of Johnny Hartman in The Bridges of Madison County.”

Soundtrack Available: Essays on Film and Popular Music, ed. Arthur Knight and Pamela Robertson. Duke University Press, 2001, pp. 295-316.

“Redeemed by Ludwig Van: Kubrick’s Musical Strategy in A Clockwork Orange.”

Cinesonic: Experiencing the Soundtrack, ed. Philip Brophy. North Ryde, Australia: Australian Film Television and Radio School, 2001, pp. 149-67.

“‘Someone’s Got to Pay’: Resurgent White Masculinity in Ransom.”

Masculinity: Bodies, Movies, Culture, ed. Peter Lehman. Routledge, 2001, pp. 7-23.

“Revenge of the Nerds: Black Jazz Artists and Their White Shadows.”

Ladies and Gentlemen, Boys and Girls: Gender in Film at the End of the 20th Century, ed. Murray Pomerance. SUNY Press, 2001, pp. 233-47.

“Race and Reappropriation: Spike Lee Meets Aaron Copland.”

American Music 18.4 (2000): 370-90. Rpt. in Postmodern Music/Postmodern Thought, ed. Judy Lochhead and Joseph Auner. Routledge, 2002, pp. 303-21, and in The Spike Lee Reader, ed. Paula Massood. Temple University Press, 2008, 175-95.

“Kansas City Dreaming: Robert Altman=s Jazz History Lesson.”

Music and Cinema, ed. James Buhler, Caryl Flinn, and David Neumeyer. Westport: Wesleyan University Press, 2000, pp. 142-57.

“Evidence: Thelonious Monk as Documentary Subject.”

Black Music Research Journal 19.2 (1999): 207-25.

“Actor and Musician: Louis Armstrong and his Films.”

The Louis Armstrong Companion: Eight Decades of Commentary, ed. Joshua Berrett. New York: Schirmer, 1999, pp. 201-233. (Reprint of a chapter from Jammin’ at the Margins.)

“Reel Collection: Notes on the Cinematic Depiction of Memory.”

Psyart: A Hyperlink Journal for Psychological Study of the Arts, 1999. (With Harvey R. Greenberg, M.D.)

“The Ethnic Oedipus: The Jazz Singer and Its Remakes.”

Play It Again, Sam: Retakes on Remakes, ed. Andrew Horton and Stuart Y. McDougal. University of California Press, 1998, pp. 95-114.

“Louis Armstrong and His Audiences.”

Jazz: A Century of Change, ed. Lewis Porter. New York: Schirmer, 1997, pp. 164-70.

“Psychoanalysis and Film Study in the 1990s.”

The American Psychoanalyst 29.4 (1996): 34-35.

“The Circulation of Sado-Masochistic Desire in the Lolita Texts.”

Journal of Film and Video 46.2 (1994): 19-30. Rpt. in Psyart:A Hyperlink Journal for Psychological Study of the Arts, 1997.

“Reel Significations.”

Screen Memories, by Harvey R. Greenberg, M.D. New York: Columbia University Press, 1993, pp. 17-37. (With Harvey R. Greenberg, M.D.)

“‘Phallic’ Women in Contemporary Cinema.”

American Imago 50.4 (1993): 421- 39. (With Glen O. Gabbard, M.D.)

“The Jazz Canon and Its Consequences.”

Annual Review of Jazz Studies 6 (1993): 65-98.

“Signifyin(g) the Phallus: Mo’ Better Blues and Representations of the Jazz Trumpet.”

Cinema Journal 32.1 (1992): 43-62.

“The Quoter and His Culture.”

Jazz in Mind: Essays on the History and Meanings of Jazz, ed. Reginald T. Buckner and Steven Weiland. Wayne State Univ. Press, 1991, pp. 92-111.

“The White Hotel and the Traditions of Ring Composition.”

Comparative Literature Studies 27.3 (1990): 230-48.

“Play It Again, Sigmund: Psychoanalysis and the Classical Hollywood Text.”

Journal of Popular Film and Television 18.1 (1990): 6-17. (With Glen O. Gabbard, M.D.)

“Reel Significations: An Anatomy of Psychoanalytic Film Criticism.”

Psychoanalytic Review 77.1 (1990): 89-110. (With Harvey R. Greenberg, M.D.)

“Wrong Man With a Horn.”

University of Hartford Studies in Literature 21.3 (1989): 13-24.

“The Female Psychoanalyst in the Movies.”

Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association 37.4 (1989): 1031-49. (With Glen O. Gabbard, M.D.)

“Aliens and the New Family Romance.”

Post Script 8.1 (1988): 29-42.

“Updike, Shaffer and the Centaurs.”

Helios 14.1 (1987): 47-58.

“The Science Fiction Film and Psychoanalysis: Alien and Melanie Klein’s Night Music.”

Psychoanalytic Approaches to Literature and Film, ed. Maurice Charney and Joseph Reppen. Cranbury, NJ: Associated University Presses, 1987, pp. 171-80. (With Glen O. Gabbard, M.D.)

“Countertransference in the Movies.”

Psychoanalytic Review 72 (Spring, 1985): 171-84. (With Glen O. Gabbard, M.D.)

“The Metamorphosis of the Centaur in Fifth-Century Greek Arts and Society.”

Bucknell Review 29.1 (1984): 89-104.

“Vicissitudes of Narcissism in the Cinematic Autobiography.”

Psychoanalytic Review 71 (Sept., 1984): 319-28. (With Glen O. Gabbard, M.D.)

“Religious and Political Allegory in Robert Wise’s The Day the Earth Stood Still.”

Literature/Film Quarterly 10 (1982): 150-54.

“Altman’s 3 Women: Sanctuary in the Dream World.”

Literature/Film Quarterly 8 (1980), 258-64.

“From Psycho to Dressed to Kill: The Decline and Fall of the Psychiatrist in the Movies.”

Film/Psychology Review 4 (1980): 157-62. (With Glen O. Gabbard, M.D.)



Ella Fitzgerald: Just One of Those Things

(2019; directed by Leslie Woodhead). Journal of American History 107.3 (December 2020): 808–810.

The Jazz Ambassadors

(2018; directed by Hugo Berkeley). Journal of American History 105.3 (December 2018): 776-778.

Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary

(2016; directed by John Scheinfeld). Journal of American History 105.1 (June 2018): 238-240.

Miles Ahead (2015; directed by Don Cheadle)

Journal of American History 103.3 (December 2016): 864-866.

Born to Be Blue

(2015; directed by Robert Budreau). Cineaste 41.3 (Summer 2016): 51-53.

Moving Images: Psychoanalytic Reflections on Film, by Andrea Sabbadini

(New Library of Psychoanalysis, 2014). Psychoanalytic Psychology 32.5 (December 2015): 117-120.

Sinatra: All or Nothing at All

(2015; directed by Alex Gibney). Journal of American History 102.3 (December 2015): 970-972.

The Hollywood Film Music Reader, edited by Mervyn Cooke

(Oxford University Press, 2010). American Music 30.1 (2012): 111-112.

Cadillac Records

(2008; directed by Darnell Martin). Journal of American History 96.1 (June 2009): 323-324.

The Pervert’s Guide to Cinema

(2006; directed by Sophie Fiennes, written by and starring Slavoj Zizek). Projections: The Journal for Movies and Mind 1.2 (Winter 2007): 101-108.

Hollywood Fantasies of Miscegenation: Spectacular Narratives of Gender and Race, 1903-1967

by Susan Courtney (Princeton University Press, 2005). Film Quarterly 60.1 (Fall 2006): 66-67.

Making Jazz French: Music and Modern Life in Interwar Paris

by Jeffrey H. Jackson (Duke University Press, 2003). Contemporary French Civilization 29.1 (2005): 172-74.

Jazz Noir: Listening to Music from Phantom Lady to The Last Seduction

by David Butler (Praeger, 2002). Genre 37.2 (2004): 344-46.

What Is This Thing Called Jazz? African American Musicians as Artists, Critics, and Activists

by Eric Porter (University of California Press, 2002). Current Musicology 71-73 (Spring 2001-Spring 2002): 477-83.

Larkin’s Blues: Jazz, Popular Music, and Poetry

by B.J. Leggett (Louisiana State University Press, 1999). The Comparatist 26 (May 2002): 158-60.

Heroes in Hard Times: Cop Action Movies in the U.S.

by Neal King (Temple University Press, 1999). Gender and Society 15.1 (February 2001):159-60.

Saving Private Ryan

(1998; directed by Steven Spielberg). International Journal of Psychoanalysis 81.1 (February 2000): 177-79.

Masked Men: Masculinity and the Movies in the Fifties

by Steven Cohan (Indiana University Press,1997). Men and Masculinities 1.4 (1999): 399-401.

Space Is the Place: The Lives and Times of Sun Ra

by John Szwed (Pantheon, 1997). American Music 16.2 (Summer 1998): 230-32.

A Great Day in Harlem

(1996; directed by Jean Bach). Journal of Musicological Research 16.4 (1997): 321-26.

Kansas City

(1996; directed by Robert Altman). American Historical Review (October 1997): 1274-75.

Louis Armstrong: A Cultural Legacy

ed. Marc H. Miller (University of Washington Press, 1995). African American Review 30.2 (1996): 306-08.

The Quick and the Dead

(1995; directed by Sam Raimi). Psychoanalytic Review 82.5 (1995): 766-69.

Running Scared: Masculinity and the Representation of the Male Body

by Peter Lehman (Temple University Press, 1994). Film Quarterly 48.4 (Summer 1995): 54-56.

Upside Your Head! Rhythm and Blues on Central Avenue

by Johnny Otis (University Press of New England, 1993). Journal of Popular Music Studies 6 (1994): 77-80.

Bad Girls

(1994; directed by Jonathan Kaplan). Psychoanalytic Review 81.4 (1994): 763-66.

The Psychoanalytic Movement

by Ernest Gellner (London: Paladin Books, 1985). New Ideas in Psychology 12.1 (1994): 119-20.

Formations of Fantasy

ed. Victor Burgin, James Donald, and Cora Kaplan (London and New York: Methuen, 1986). New Ideas in Psychology 8.3 (1990): 405-407.

The Reception of Jazz in America: A New View

by James Lincoln Collier (Brooklyn: Institute for Studies in American Music, 1988). American Music 7.3 (1990): 345-6.

Psychotherapy: Portraits in Fiction

ed. Jesse D. Beller and Paul D. Spector (Jason Aronson, Inc., 1987). Bulletin of the Menninger Clinic 53.2 (March 1989): 168-69.

The Culture of Criticism and the Criticism of Culture

by Giles Gunn (Oxford University Press, 1987). Ethics 99.1 (October 1988): 195-96.

“The Poetry of Tess Gallagher.”

Open Places 29 (Spring, 1980): 53-56; rpt. in Contemporary Literary Criticism 18 (1981): 170




Cultural Encyclopedia of the Penis, ed. Michael Kimmel, et al. (Rowman & Littlefield, 2014): 124-125.

“Growing Up Going to Bed with the Tonight Show.”

Oxford University Press Blog, February 2013.

“Jazz and Film.”

Discover Jazz, ed. John Edward Hasse and Tad Lathrop (Pearson, 2012): 156-157.

“Il jazz de ‘Friz’ Freleng” and “Guardalo per dieci centesimi: Il jazz nei soundies.”

Il Secolo del jazz, ed. Daniel Soutif (Milano: Skira, 2008): 151-155, 203-209. Trans.

“Le jazz de ‘Friz’ Freleng” and “Dix cents le film: Le jazz dans les soundies.”

Le Siecle du jazz, ed. Daniel Soutif (Paris: Skira Falmmarion, 2009): 151-155, 203-209. (Italian and French translations of my essays for a museum catalogue.)

“A Jazzman Reborn.”

Chronicle of Higher Education 55.3 (Sept 12, 2008): B16-17.

“Charles Mingus’s Changes.”

Jazz Times (September 2005): 70-71.

“Cinema and Media Studies: Snapshot of an ‘Emerging’ Discipline.”

Chronicle of Higher Education 52.24 (Feb 17, 2006): B14-15.

“Shrinks Duel for Cable Prestige as Showtime ‘Huff’s at ‘The Sopranos.’”

Chronicle of Higher Education 51.11 (Nov. 8, 2004): B14-16.

“John Wayne.”

Men and Masculinities: A Social, Cultural, and Historical Encyclopedia, ed. Michael Kimmel and Amy Aronson. Santa Barbara: ABC-Clio, 2004: II, 819-821.

“Black Angels.”

Chronicle of Higher Education 49.39 (June 6, 2003): B15-16.

“Jazz on Television at the Library of Congress.”

Performing Arts: Broadcasting, ed. Iris Newsom. Washington, DC: Library of Congress, 2002, pp. 170-85.

“About Boys, Not About Women.”

Chronicle of Higher Education 48.38 (May 31, 2002): B15.

“Revisiting a Noir Classic.”

Chronicle of Higher Education 48.30 (April 5, 2002): B16.

“Ralph Ellison, Visible Man.”

Chronicle of Higher Education 48.23 (Feb. 15, 2002): B20.

“Jazz Canon,” “Jazz: Etymology,” and “Jazz and Film: Cultural Meanings.”

Entries in The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz, 2nd Edition. London and New York: Macmillan, 2002, pp. I:380-82, I:798-801, II:389-93.

“A Roundtable on Ken Burns’s Jazz.”

Journal of Popular Music Studies 13.2 (Fall, 2001): 207-25. (With Geoffrey Jacques, Bernard Gendron, Scott DeVeaux, and Sherrie Tucker)

“Miles Passed, Miles Ahead.”

Chronicle of Higher Education 47.36 (May 18, 2001): B17-19.

“Ken Burns’s ‘Jazz’: Beautiful Music, but Missing a Beat.”

Chronicle of Higher Education 47.16 (Dec. 15, 2000): B18-19.

“Louis Armstrong’s Life As a Man.”

Chronicle of Higher Education 46.43 (June 30, 2000): B9-B10.

“Therapy’s ‘Talking Cure’ Still Works in Hollywood.”

Chronicle of Higher Education 46.23 (Feb. 11, 2000): B9-B10.

“Celebrity According to Woody.”

CultureFront 8.3-4 (1999): 18-22, 76-77.

“Innocence Lost: American Movies Revisit Jazz.”

Chronicle of Higher Education 46. 2 (Sept. 3, 1999): B10-B11.

“Cinematic Stereotypes Contributing to the Stigmatization of Psychiatrists.”

Stigma and Mental Illness, ed. Paul Jay Fink and Allan Tasman. Washington, DC: American Psychiatric Press, 1992, pp. 113-26. (With Glen O. Gabbard, M.D.)

Reply to Lawrence Gushee.

American Music 8.3 (1990): 360-62.

“Mind Doctor in the Dream Factory: The Psychiatrist in the Movies.”

The Psychiatric Times 5.3 (March, 1988): 17-18. (With Glen O. Gabbard, M.D.)

“The Pselluloid Psychiatrist.”

Menninger Perspective 18.2 (Aug., 1987): 25-27.



“Representing Jazz.”

Keynote address at Jazz Conference in Budapest, February 2020.

“Representing Jazz in the Twenty-First Century.”

Columbia University, April 2019.

“La La Land and Its Jazz Discontents.”

Keynote address at Lasalle University in Singapore, March 2019.

“Happy Birthday, Nat King Cole.”

Tribeca Performing Arts Center, March 2019.

“Representing Jazz in the Twenty-First Century.”

Keynote address at “Documenting Jazz” conference in Dublin, Ireland, January 2019.

“Ingmar Bergman at 100.”

Tribeca Performing Arts Center, November 2018.

“Leonard Bernstein: A Birthday Celebration.”

Tribeca Performing Arts Center, October 2018.

“The Art of the Music Supervisor: Listening to the Films of Alan Rudolph.”

Festival for Alan Rudolph, Ann Arbor, Michigan, June 2018.

“The Best Jazz in the Movies.”

Tribeca Performing Arts Center, May 2018.

“Leading Ladies Who Sing.”

Tribeca Performing Arts Center, March 2018.

“Happy Birthday Ella, Dizzy, and Monk.”

Tribeca Performing Arts Center, December 2017.

“Creature Features: A Grown-Up’s Guide to Our Favorite Monsters.”

Tribeca Performing Arts Center, November 2017.

“La La Land is a Hit, But Is It Good for Jazz?”

Delivered at events in Amsterdam, Bologna, and Darmstadt, August and September 2017.

“Trumpet Stories.”

Tribeca Peforming Arts Center, New York, April 2017.

“Jazzing the Classics: Romare Bearden, The Odyssey, and the Art of the Improviser.”

Society for Core Texts and Courses. Dallas, Texas, April 2017.

“Great Comedy Teams.”

Tribeca Performing Arts Center, New York, March 2017.



2012-2013 Program Committee, 2013 Music and the Moving Image conference

2012- Editorial Board, Quarterly Review of Film and Video

2006-2007 Consultant, National Video Resources

2006- present Editorial Board, Jazz Perspectives

2006- present Editorial Board, Projections: Movies and the Mind

2006-present Editorial Board, Jazz Research Journal

2006-present Editorial Board, Music and the Moving Image

2005-2006 Chair, Program Committee, 2006 Conference of Society for Cinema and Media Studies

2004- Editorial Board, Popular Music History

2003-2006 Member, Executive Council, Society for Cinema and Media Studies

2001- 2002 President, MLA Division on Film Studies

1999 Society for Cinema Studies committee to choose best dissertation in Cinema Studies

1995-1998 Editorial Board, Cinema Journal

1994-2006 Book Review Editor, Men and Masculinities

1989- present Advisory Board, Forum for the Psychoanalytic Study of Film

1987-1990 Chair, Student Affairs Committee, American Comparative Literature Association





Classical Tradition
Comparative Literature Methodology
Film and Narrative Theory
Film Theory/Literary Theory
History of Comedy
History of Literary Theory, Plato to Kant
Introduction to Cultural Studies

Major Authors: Hitchcock/Kubrick
Music and Cinema
Philosophy and Literature
Popular Culture and Critical Theory
Psychoanalysis, Literature, and Film


American Pluralism in Literature and Film
Cinema and Cultural Theory
Classical Drama
Classical Mythology
The Classical Tradition
The Comic Spirit in Literature and Film
Contemporary Drama
Death in Literature
English Composition
Film History and Theory
Film and Video Narrative
Film Comedy
Great Novels
Greek Literature in Translation
History of Comedy
Hollywood in the 1960s
Hollywood Mythology and its Revisions
Homer (in Greek and in translation)
The Horror Film
The Impact of World War II on Literature and Film
International Cinema
Introduction to Drama
Introduction to Film
Introduction to Literature
Introduction to Television Studies
Jazz and American Culture
Jazz and Film
Jazz and High/Low Culture
The Jazz Life: Studies in Jazz Music and Biography
Literary Survey: Enlightenment Through Modern
Literary Theory
Literature and Film
Literature and Painting
Masculinity in the Movies
Miles Davis and American Culture
Modern Drama
Modern Literature and the Other Arts
Music and Cinema
Senior Seminar in Cinema and Cultural Studies
Sexuality in Literature
Theorizing Cinema and Culture