Cynthia Fuchs

Cynthia Fuchs

Cynthia Fuchs



Associate Professor

Film and Media Studies: Documentaries, American media, war movies, black popular cultures, sports and media, horror, action, and science fiction, gender and sexuality

Cynthia Fuchs (PhD, University of Pennsylvania, 1989) is the Director of Film & Media Studies at George Mason University. She is Associate Professor of English, African and African American Studies (AAAS), Film & Video Studies (FAVS), Sport and American Culture, and Women and Gender Studies (WMST). She is also affliated with the Center for the Study of Sport and Leisure in Society and War and the Military in Society

Porfessor Fuchs is Film and TV Editor for the weekly cultural studies magazine, PopMatters (since 1999), film reviewer for Time to Play Magazine (since 2009), and frequent jurist for the Gotham Independent Film Awards. Professor Fuchs has published articles on Brad Pitt, Shakira, Juvenile, Jay-Z, Gollum, Prince, Madonna, Michael Jackson, and the Iraq war in media images.

Current Research

She is writing a book on post-9/11 war documentaries.

Selected Publications

PopMatters Film and TV Editor. 

"'A Few Brief Moments': Truth and Image in Sports Documentaries." Gender and Genre in Sports Documentaries: Critical Essays. Edited by Zachary Ingle and David M. Sutera. Scarecrow Press 2102. 

Iraq War Cultures. Co-editor. New York: Peter Lang Publishers (2011).

"Unsportsmanlike Call." In Media Res. 22 January 2009.

"'Did anyone ever explain to you what "secret identity" means?': Race and Displacement in Buffy and Dark Angel." Undead TV: Essays on Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Edited by Lisa Parks and Elana Levine. Duke University Press 2007.

"'I'm from rags to riches': The Death of Jay-Z." Medium Cool: Music Videos from Soundies to Cellphones. Edited by Roger Beebe and Jason Mittel. Durham NC: Duke University Press 2007.

"Un- de- re- classified: Adel Hamad's case goes to YouTube." In Media Res. 21 February 2007. 

"Too Big." Guernica. Winter 2005. 

"Taxi Driver: "I got some bad ideas in my head." Film Analysis: A Norton Reader. NYC: W.W. Norton & Company. Edited by Randy Rutsky. New York: Norton. 2005. 

"'The whole fucking world warped around me': bad kids and contexts." Bad: Infamy, Darkness, Evil, and Slime on Screen. Edited by Murray Pomerance. December 2003.

Spike Lee: Interviews. Editor. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi. 2002.

Courses Taught

English 319: Film and Video Forms (Fall 2013)

English 370: Introduction to Documentary

English 490: War Documentaries

English 493: Sports-race-media

English 414: Crisis Media

English 490: Race, Politics, Documentary

English 490: Black popular cultures