Film Industry Production, Distribution, Exhibition, and Cultural Studies
Office: Performing Arts Center 217
Phone: (320) 308-6679
Chris is a critical scholar whose work draws upon the American Studies tradition of interdisciplinary qualitative analysis by integrating formalist methods of film analysis with political economy and cultural studies. He has used this approach to produce a book and a series of publications that analyze popular film texts and the institutional and industrial forces that shape them.
His research includes a book, Movies and the Reagan Presidency: Success and Ethics (Praeger, 2003) and articles and essays in Television and New Media, the Journal of Popular Film and Television, the Journal of Communication Inquiry, the St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture, and the Encyclopedia of Documentary Film. His latest scholarly research is on the history of the Motion Picture Association of America. As a teacher, Chris strives to integrate his scholarship into the classroom by situating the study of film aesthetics and ideology within the larger context of production, distribution, and exhibition.
Chris completed his Masters degree at the University of North Texas (1988) and his doctorate in American Studies at the University of New Mexico (1995). He teaches FS 175 - Film & Culture, FS 464 - Rock and Roll Cinema, and FS 464 - Film Criticism: Beyond Thumbs Up/ Thumbs Down.
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