Kevin M. Flanagan

Kevin M. Flanagan

Kevin M. Flanagan

Assistant Professor

Composition: British film and television, adaptation studies, composition, British cultural studies, film and television directors, media history, arts documentary

Kevin M. Flanagan received his Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh in 2015 in English/film studies (dissertation - The British War Film, 1939-1980: Culture, History, and, Genre). A book based on this project, called War Representation in British Cinema and Television: From Suez to Thatcher, and Beyond, was published in October 2019 by Palgrave. 

In June 2016, he was a Guest Curator at the British Film Institute, where he co-programmed (with Matthew Harle) the "Architecture on TV" season. Flanagan and Harle's dossier on architectural programming on British television was published in Screen in 2018.

Flanagan contributed essays and an audio commentary to the critically acclaimed BFI blu-ray/DVD boxed set Ken Russell: The Great Composers (2016). Flanagan is editor of Ken Russell: Re-Viewing England's Last Mannerist (2009, Scarecrow Press) and has contributed essays to the Journal of British Cinema and Television, Framework, Critical Quarterly, South Atlantic Review, Adaptation, and many others. He contributed the "Videogame Adaptation" chapter to the Oxford Handbook of Adaptation Studies (2017, ed. Thomas Leitch) and has edited a special issue of Widescreen Journal on the same subject. He regularly reviews books for Choice, Film & History, and the Journal of Popular Cinema and Television.

He has forthcoming essays in anthologies or edited books on videogame adaptations related to H.P. Lovecraft; interiority and London cinema in films by expatriate directors; an exploration on bohemianism and the X certificate in London youth cinema focused on The Party's Over (1965); an analysis of the "magic" of uncanny spaces in The Wicker Man (1973); and a study of Peter Watkins' early films in the context of amateur movies about war. Additionally, he has 10 entries in the forthcoming London's East End: A Short Encyclopedia (ed. Kevin A. Morrison).

He teaches courses in composition, rhetoric, and film.


Current Research

Flanagan is currently writing a book of biographical sketches of outside, eccentric, and polymath figures in Post-War British cultural life. He is also writing a book on uncanny spaces and landscapes in post-war British cinema and television.

He has recently written or is writing work on competing visions of the "retreat to medievalism" in contemporary film and television; an exploration of generational conflict in films about the Malayan Emergency; an analysis of the "magic" of uncanny spaces in The Wicker Man (1973); a study of the "incoherent" visual style of Russell Mulcahy and his Highlander films; and a look at Peter Watkins' amateur films about war.

Selected Publications

Flanagan, Kevin M. "Adapting Monstrous Creation: Lisztomania and Gothic as Gothic Mash-ups," Gothic Mash-Ups: Hybridity, Appropriation and Intertextuality in Gothic Storytelling, ed. Natalie Neill (London: Lexington Books, 2022), 63-77.

Flanagan, Kevin M., War Representation in British Cinema and Television: From Suez to Thatcher, and Beyond  (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2019). Britain and the World Book Series.

Flanagan, Kevin M. “The hosted architectural documentary on British television: Ian Nairn and the personalization of place,” Screen 59.1 (Spring 2018): 114-121

Flanagan, Kevin M. “Videogame Adaptation.” In Thomas Leitch, ed. The Oxford Handbook of Adaptation Studies (New York: Oxford UP, 2017), 441-454

Flanagan, Kevin M., ed. Ken Russell: Re-Viewing England’s Last Mannerist (Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press: 2009).

Expanded Publication List

Journal Special Issues, as editor

  • “Architecture & Space in British Documentary Television” dossier Screen 59.1 (March 2018): 99-131. Co-edited with Matthew Harle.
  • Wide Screen Journal ( vol. 6 no. 1. Issue on “Videogame Adaptation.” September 2016.

Essays in Peer Reviewed/Refereed Journals:

  • “The hosted architectural documentary on British television: Ian Nairn and the personalization of place,” Screen 59.1 (Spring 2018): 114-121.
  • (with Matthew Harle) “Architectural documentaries on British television: introduction,” Screen 59.1 (Spring 2018): 99-104
  • Alice in Wonderland: An X-Rated Musical Fantasy (1976),” Porn Studies 4.3 (2017): 311-318.
  • “Introduction - Videogame Adaptation: Some Experiments in Method,” Wide Screen 6.1 (Sept 2016). 18pp.
  • “Wheatley’s Progress: High-Rise (2015) and the Burden of Ballard,” Adaptation 9.3 (2016): 1-5.
  • “‘Green and Pleasant Land?’: Ben Wheatley’s British Cinema Between Romanticism and Modernism,” Critical Quarterly 58.1 (2016): 16-22. Ben Wheatley, J.G. Ballard, and High-Rise Special Issue. Edited by Adam Lowenstein and Roger Luckhurst.
  • “Displacements and Diversions: Oh! What a Lovely War and the Adaptation of Trauma,” South Atlantic Review 80.3-4 (2016): 96-117. Double Issue on Adaptation Studies. 
  • “Ken Russell’s Wartime Imagery.” Journal of British Cinema and Television 12.4 (2015): 539-555. Ken Russell Special Issue. Edited by Christophe van Eecke, Karel Vanhaesebrouck, and John Hill.
  • “The Road to Excess Leads to The Magic Christian: Comedy, the Grotesque, and the Limits of the Body.” Proteus: A Journal of Ideas 29.1 (Fall 2013), 29-37. Humor and Culture Issue.
  • “Whitehead's London: Pop and the Ascendant Celebrity.” In Framework 52.1 (Spring 2011), 278-298. Things Fall Apart: Peter Whitehead Issue, Part I
  • Browsing for Dissonance: Paratexts, Box-Art Iconography and Genre.” In Media Fields Journal 1 (Dec. 2010). 13pp.

Books - Monographs:

  • War Representation in British Cinema and Television: From Suez to Thatcher, and Beyond  (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2019). Britain and the World Book Series.

Books - Edited Volumes:

  • Editor of Ken Russell: Re-Viewing England’s Last Mannerist (Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press: Released August 2009). An edited collection of scholarly essays on director Ken Russell. My pieces include the Introduction, “Television, Contested Culture, and Social Control: Cultural Studies and Pop Goes the Easel,” and “Complicating the Costume Drama: Lady Chatterley, Ken Russell, and the Conceits of Heritage.” 

Books - Forthcoming:

  • I am engaged in research for a book of biographical essays, tentatively called Eccentrics, Outsiders, and Polymaths in Postwar Britain.
  • I am gradually writing a monograph called Uncanny Space in Postwar British Cinema


Essays in Edited Collections:

  • Flanagan, Kevin M. "Adapting Monstrous Creation: Lisztomania and Gothic as Gothic Mash-ups," Gothic Mash-Ups: Hybridity, Appropriation and Intertextuality in Gothic Storytelling, ed. Natalie Neill (London: Lexington Books, 2022), 63-77.
  • “From Crowds to Swarms: Movement and Bodies in Neo-Peplum Films.” In Nicholas Diak, ed., The New Peplum: Essays on Sword and Sandal Films and Television Programs Since the 1990s (Jefferson, NC: McFarland Pub, 2017), 63-77.
  • “Playing with the Past: The Complete and Utter History of Britain in the Context of Sixties Television.” In Lynn Whitfield, Paul N. Reinsch, and Robert G. Weiner, eds, Python Beyond Python: Critical Essays on the Monty Python Members Before and After their Participation in the Group. Palgrave Studies in Comedy (London: Palgrave, 2017), 153-170. 
  • “Videogame Adaptation.” In Thomas Leitch, ed. The Oxford Handbook of Adaptation Studies (New York: Oxford UP, 2017), 441-454.
  • “Machine-Age Comedy Gone Rural: Hustlin' Hank (1923) and the Problem of Animals on Film”. In Sebastian Manley and Kirsten Irving, eds. Lives Beyond Us: Poems and Essays on the Film Reality of Animals (London: Sidekick Books, 2015), 251-263.
  • “Introduction,” In Kevin Jackson, the Point of Scandal (London: Pallas Athene, 2014), 11-19.
  • “Humphrey Jennings at the Fair: Spare Time, Family Portrait and the Rhetoric of National Identity.” In Celia Pearce et. al. eds. Meet Me at the Fair: A World's Fair Reader (Pittsburgh, PA: ETC Press, 2014), 363-370.
  • “Porn Goes to College: American Universities, Their Students, and Pornography 1969-1973,” Kevin M. Flanagan and Arthur Knight. In Eric Schaefer, ed. Sex Scene: Media and the Sexual Revolution (Durham, NC: Duke UP, 2014), 407-434. 
  • “The Grotesque State of the Nation: Mike Leigh's High Hopes (1988) and the Lessons of Cultural Studies,” In Bryan Cardinale-Powell and Marc DiPaolo, eds. Devised and Directed by Mike Leigh (London: Bloomsbury Academic/Continuum, 2013), 303-326.
  • “Teaching Intertextuality and Parody through the Graphic 'Supertext': Martin Rowson's The Waste Land (1990)” In Carrye Kay Syma and Robert G. Weiner, eds. Graphic Novels and Comics in the Classroom: Essays on the Educational Power of Sequential Art (Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2013), 73-83.
  • “Rethinking Fellini’s Poe: Nonplaces, Media Industries and the Manic Celebrity” In Dennis R. Perry and Carl H. Sederholm, eds., Adapting Poe: Re-Imaginings in International and Popular Culture (Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave, 2012), 59-71
  • “'Civilization...ancient and wicked': The Ideological Field of 1980s Sword and Sandal Films.” In Michael G. Cornelius, ed. Of Muscles and Men: Essays on the Sword & Sandal Film (Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2011), 87-103.

Forthcoming Essays in Edited Collections/Books: 

  • "Paternalism, Bohemianism and the X Certificate: The Party's Over (1965) and the Pre-Swinging Set," Adult Themes: British Cinema and the “X” Rating, 1958-1972, eds. Benjamin Halligan, Anne Etienne, and Christopher Weedman (London: Bloomsbury, 2021). Accepted/in preparation.
  • “Dropping Out: Interiority, Claustrophobia, and Decadence in Cosmopolitan London Cinema of the 60s and 70s,” Global London on Screen: Sojourners, Cosmopolitans and Foreigners’ Cinematic Visions of a Multicultural City, eds. Keith B. Wagner, Louis Bayman and Roland-Francois Lack (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2022). Submitted.
  • “Head Games: Adapting Lovecraft Beyond Survival Horror” (Provisional Title), The Medial Afterlives of H.P. Lovecraft: Comic, Film, Video Game, Television, eds. Max Dos Passos and Tim Lanzendorfer. Submitted.
  • “Rituals of Consumption: An Anatomy of Capitalist Horror under Reagan and Thatcher,” Oh, the Horror: Politics and Culture in Horror Films of the 1980s, eds. Kevin M. Scott and Connor M. Scott (Jefferson, NC: McFarland Pub, 202?). Submitted.
  • "Whose Law is it Anyway?: Detection, Magic, and the Uncanny Spaces of The Wicker Man", Collection on Witchcraft and Cinema, eds. Douglas Brode and Leah Deyneka
  • "Russell Mulcahy and the Highlander Visual Style: Speed, Atmosphere, and Spatial Incoherence," There Can Only Be One: Critical Essays on the Highlander Franchise, ed Michele Brittany (accepted pending project moving forward).

Selected Reference Book Contributions:

  • Forthcoming: 10 Entries: [Hawksmoor, Nicholas; Sinclair, Iain; St. George in the East; Bronco Bullfrog; London Orbital; O Lucky Man!; Together; Down and Out in Paris and London; Hawksmoor; White Chappell, Scarlet Tracings] for London’s East End: A Short Encyclopedia, ed. Kevin A. Morrison (Jefferson, NC: McFarland 2021).
  • Forthcoming: “Treasure Island,” and Robert Louis Stevenson in Books to Film, Vol. 3, general ed. Barry Keith Grant (Detroit: Gale/Cengage, 2019)?
  • Forthcoming: Lewis Carroll, “Alice in Wonderland,” and “From Russia with Love” in Books to Film, Vol. 2, general ed. Barry Keith Grant (Detroit: Gale/Cengage, 2019)?
  • “Ken Russell,” “Women in Love,” and “The Devils” in Books to Film, Vol. 1, general ed. Barry Keith Grant (Detroit, MI: Gale/Cengage, 2017): 77-82; 399-404.
  • 23 Entries - [Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (book); Alice in Wonderland videogames; Batman videogames; Batman Returns videogames; Beetlejuice; Beetlejuice videogames; Bekmambetov, Timur; Cabin Boy; Carroll, Lewis; Gough, Michael; Irving, Washington; Jones, Jeffrey; Keaton, Michael; “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow”; Nightmare Before Christmas videogames; Planet of the Apes videogames; Singles; Sleepy Hollow; Smith, Kevin; Suschitsky, Peter; Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory videogames] for The Tim Burton Encyclopedia, ed. Samuel J. Umland (Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, 2015).
  • 8 Entries - [The Acid House; The Anatomist; Burke and Hare (1972); Burke and Hare (2010); The Doctor and the Devils; The Flesh and the Fiends; The Greed of William Hart; Night Mail] for Directory of World Cinema: Scotland, ed. Bob Nowlan and Zachary Finch (Bristol, UK: Intellect Books, 2015).
  • “Filmography” for American Countercultures: An Encyclopedia of Nonconformists, Alternative Lifestyles, and Radical Ideas in U.S. History, ed. Gina Misiroglu (Armonk, NY: M.E. Sharpe Publishers, 2008). ~7,500 words/nearly 300 listings.

DVD/Blu-Ray Liner Notes:

  • “The Debussy Film” in The Ken Russell Collection: The Great Composers. BFI Publishing, 2016.
  • Introduction to The Ken Russell Collection: The Great Composers. BFI Publishing, 2016.

Selected Book Reviews in Journals:

  • Forthcoming: Review of Jonathan Rayner’s Australian Gothic: A Cinema of Horrors. Journal of Popular Film and Television
  • Forthcoming: Review of Linda Mizejewski’s The Americans (TV Milestones). Historical Journal of Film, Radio, and Television
  • Forthcoming: Review of John White’s British Cinema and a Divided Nation. Historical Journal of Film, Radio, and Television
  • Forthcoming: Review of Evert van Leeuwen’s House of Usher. Irish Journal of Gothic and Horror Studies.
  • Review of John Lemza, The Big Picture: The Cold War on the Small Screen. Michigan War Review.
  • Review of Ben Lamb’s You’re Nicked: Investigating British Television Police Series. Journal of Popular Film and Television 49.2 (2021): 124.
  • Review of S.P. MacKenzie’s Bomber Boys on Screen: RAF Bomber Command in Film and Television Drama. Michigan War Studies Review 2020.
  • Review of Hugh Chignell, British Radio Drama, 1945-1963. Historical Journal of Film, Radio, and Television 40.2 (2020): 634-635.
  • Review of Callum Waddell’s The Style of Sleaze: The American Exploitation Film, 1959-1977. Journal of Popular Film and Television 49.1 (2021): 65-66.
  • Forthcoming: Review of The Composer on Screen: Essays on Classical Music Biopics, ed. Paul Fryer. Journal of Popular Film and Television.
  • Review of Cold War Film Genres, ed. Homer B. Pettey. Journal of Popular Film and Television 49.4 (2021): 232.
  • Forthcoming: Review of Lee Grieveson, Cinema and the Wealth of Nations: Media, Capital, and the Liberal World System. Journal of Popular Film and Television.
  • Review of Simon Willmetts, In Secrecy’s Shadow: The OSS and CIA in Hollywood Cinema, 1941-1979. Journal of Popular Film and Television 46.2 (2018): 118-119.
  • Forthcoming: Review of J.E. Smyth, Fred Zinnemann and the Cinema of Resistance. Journal of Popular Film and Television
  • Review of World Film Locations: Liverpool, eds. Jez Connolly and Caroline Whelan. Film & History 48.1 (Summer 2018): 76-77.
  • Review of Je T’aime...Moi Non Plus: Franco-British Cinematic Relations, eds. Lucy Mazdon and Catherine Wheatley. Britain and the World 11.1 (Spring 2018): 139-140.
  • Review of Daniel Kremer, Sidney J. Furie: Life and Films. Journal of Popular Film and Television 45:4 (2017): 235.
  • Review of Historical Dictionary of British Cinema, eds. Alan Burton and Steve Chibnall. Film & History. Winter 2017, 68-70.
  • Review of Greg M. Colon Semenza and Bob Hasenfratz, The History of British Literature on Film, 1895-2015. Alphaville: Journal of Film and Screen Media 11 (Summer 2016).
  • Review of Pevsner: The Complete Broadcast Talks: Architecture and Art on Radio and Television, 1945-1975, ed. Stephen Games. Modern Language Studies (Winter 2016), 73-75.
  • Review of George A. Romero: Interviews, ed. Tony Williams. Irish Journal of Gothic and Horror Studies 14 (2014): 96-99.
  • Review of Peter Weir: Interviews, ed. John C. Tibbetts. Studies in Australasian Cinema 8.1 (2014): 76-78.
  • Comparative review of Nazisploitation!: The Nazi Image in Low-Brow Cinema and Culture, eds. Daniel H. Magilow et. al. & David Huckvale's Visconti and the German Dream: Romanticism, Wagner and the Nazi Catastrophe in Film. Journal of Adaptation in Film and Performance 6.3 (2013): 427-429.
  • Review of David Melbye's Landscape Allegory in Cinema: From Wilderness to Wasteland. Film & History: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Film & Television 43.2 (2013): 92-93.
  • Review of Simon Rycroft's Swinging City: A Cultural Geography of London, 1950-1974. Literary London 10.2 (2013).
  • Review of William Hawes' Caligula and the Fight for Artistic Freedom: The Making, Marketing, and Impact of the Bob Guccione Film. Journal of American Studies of Turkey. 34-35 (2012): 136-138. Special issue on Gore Vidal. 
  • Review of Danny Boyle: Interviews, ed. Brent Dunham. Film & History: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Film & Television 42.2 (2012): 86-88.
  • Review of Stephen R. Bissette's Teen Angels & New Mutants: Rick Veitch's Brat Pack and the Art, Karma, and Commerce of Killing Sidekicks. Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics 3.2 (2012): 238-240. 
  • Review of Jonathan Conlin's Civilisation (TV Classics). Film & History: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Film & Television 42.1 (2012): 19-21.
  • Review of Todd Berliner's Hollywood Incoherent: Narration in Seventies Cinema. Film Criticism Vol. XXXVI, No. 2 (Winter, 2011/2012): 74-77.
  • Review of Iain Sinclair's Hackney, That Rose-Red Empire: A Confidential Report. Modern Language Studies 40.2 (2011): 102-104.
  • Review of British Culture and Society in the 1970s: The Lost Decade, eds. Laurel Forster and Sue Harper (2010). Screening the Past 30 (2011).
  • Review of Don't Look Now: British Cinema in the 1970s, ed. Paul Newland. Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television Vol. 31 No.1 (March 2011): 85-87.
  • Review of Seventies British Cinema, ed. Robert Shail. Film & History: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Film & Television. Vol. 40, No. 1 (April/May 2010): 102-104 .
  • Comparative review of Tony Shaw’s Hollywood’s Cold War and James Chapman’s War and Film. Scope: An Online Journal of Film & TV Studies. Issue 16, February 2010.

Books Reviewed for Choice

  • Forthcoming: Review of Spinsters, Widows, and Chars: The Aging Woman in British Film in Choice
  • Forthcoming: Review of A Modernist Cinema: Film Art from 1914-1941, eds. Scott W. Klein and Michael Valdez Moses in Choice
  • Forthcoming: Review of Anna Knight’s Screening the Hollywood Rebels in 1950s Britain in Choice 59.12 (2022)
  • Forthcoming: Review of Brendan Hennessey’s Luchino Visconti and the Alchemy of Adaptation in Choice 59.10 (2022)
  • Review of Paul Frazier’s The Cold War on Film in Choice 59.9 (May 2022)
  • Review of Joe McElhaney’s Luchino Visconti and the Fabric of Cinema in Choice 59.6 (Feb 2022)
  • Review of Jonathan Walley’s Cinema Expanded: Avant-Garde Film in the Age of Intermedia in Choice 59.2 (Oct 2021)
  • Review of Ofer Ashkenazi’s Anti-Heimat Cinema: The Jewish Invention of the German Landscape in Choice 59.3 (Nov 2021)
  • Review of Jonathan Bolton’s The Blunt Affair: Official Secrecy and Treason in Literature, Television, and Film, 1980-1989 in Choice 59.2 (Oct 2021)
  • Review of Tobias Pontara’s Andrei Tarkovsky’s Sounding Cinema in Choice 58.8 (Apr 2021)
  • Review of Cinema of Crisis: Film and Contemporary Europe, eds. Thomas Austin and Angelos Koutsourakis in Choice 58.10 (June 2021)
  • Review of Virginia Wright Wexman’s Hollywood’s Artists: The Directors Guild of America and the Construction of Authorship in Choice 58.8 (Apr 2021)
  • Review of Joseph Clark’s News Parade: The American Newsreel and the World as Spectacle in Choice 58.4 (Dec 2020)
  • Review of Rene V. Arcilla’s Wim Wenders’s Road Movie Philosophy in Choice 58.4 (Dec 2020)
  • Review of Wim Wenders: Making Films that Matter, eds Olivier Delers and Martin Sulzer-Reichel in Choice 58.6 (Feb 2021)
  • Review of Jon Wilkman’s Screening Reality: How Documentary Filmmakers Reimagined America in Choice 58.1 (Sep 2020)
  • Review of Tom Rice’s Films for the Colonies: Cinema and the Preservation of the British Empire in Choice 57.7 (Mar 2020)
  • Review of Matt Glasby’s Britpop Cinema: From Trainspotting to This is England in Choice 57.4 (Dec 2019)
  • Review of Richard Farmer et. al’s Transformation and Tradition in 1960s British Cinema in Choice 57.3 (Nov 2019)
  • Review of Barbara Caroline Mennel’s Women at Work in Twenty-First-Century European Cinema in Choice 56.12 (Aug 2019)
  • Review of Cael M. Keegan’s Lana and Lilly Wachowski in Choice 56.10 (June 2019)
  • Review of Eleftheria Thanouli’s History and Film: A Tale of Two Disciplines in Choice 56.9 (May 2019)
  • Review of Spencer Golub’s The Baroque Night (2018) in Choice 56.8 (Apr 2019)
  • Review of The Routledge Companion to Adaptation, eds. Dennis Cutchins, Katja Krebs, and Eckhart Voights (2018) in Choice 56.6 (Feb 2019)
  • Review of Rick Warner’s Godard and the Essay Film: A Form that Thinks (2018) in Choice 56.5 (Jan 2019)
  • Review of Matthew B. Hill’s Unconventional Warriors: The Fantasy of the American Resistance Fighter in Television and Film (2018) in Choice 56.4 (Dec 2018)
  • Review of Nathan Abram’s Stanley Kubrick: New York Jewish Intellectual (2018) in Choice 56.2 (Oct 2018)
  • Review of Matthew Jones’s Science Fiction Cinema and 1950s Britain: Recontextualizing Cultural Anxiety (2018) in Choice 55.12 (Aug 2018)
  • Review of Jennifer Frost’s Producer of Controversy: Stanley Kramer, Hollywood Liberalism, and the Cold War (2018) in Choice 55.11 (July 2018)
  • Review of Whitney Crother Dilley’s The Cinema of Wes Anderson: Bringing Nostalgia to Life (2017) in Choice 55.7 (Mar 2018)
  • Review of John A. Duvall’s The Environmental Documentary (2017) in Choice 55.4 (Dec 2017)
  • Review of Susan Courtney’s Split Screen Nation (2017) in Choice 55.2 (Oct 2017)
  • Review of Marsha Gordon’s Film is Like a Battleground (2017) in Choice 54.12 (Aug 2017)

Books Reviewed for Net Galley:

  • Review of Sid Meier, Sid Meier’s Memoir! (2020):
  • Review of Gregory A. Daddis’s Pulp Vietnam: War and Gender in Cold War Men’s Adventure Magazines (2020).
  • Review of James Gardner’s The Louvre: The Many Lives of the World’s Most Famous Museum (2020). 
  • Review of Edina Adam and Julian Brooks’ William Blake: Visionary (2020).
  • Review of Stephen Millar’s Lust, Lies and Monarchy: The Secrets Behind Britain’s Royal Portraits (2019).

Selected Film/DVD/Radio Reviews:

  • Review of Overlord (2018). Irish Journal of Gothic and Horror Studies (2020): 249-251.
  • Review of Scent of Rain & Lightning (2018). Kansas History 42.3 (2019): 217-219.
  • Review of American Interior (2014). Kansas History 40.1 (Spring 2017).
  • Review of The War Game Files. Response Journal 1 (2017). <>.
  • Review of The Sublime and Beautiful (2014). Kansas History 38.2 (Summer 2015).
  • Review of Top Boy Season 1 (2011). Literary London 11.1 (2014): 77-79.
  • Review of L.A. is My Hometown (1976). Film & History 43.1 (2013): 83-85.
  • Review of Razorback (1984). Studies in Australasian Cinema 5.1 (2011): 95-96.
  • Review of Ghost Story (1974). Irish Journal of Gothic and Horror Studies no. 8 (2010):
  • Review of The London Nobody Knows (1967). Film & History 40.1 (2010): 129-130.
  • Review of The Assassination Bureau (1969). Scarlet Street #53 (2005).

Conference Reports

  • Location London, 7-8 March 2014. Literary London 11.1 (2014), 59-61.
  • Imagining the Past: Ken Russell , Biography, and the Art of Making History. Alphaville 7 (2014).

Creative Non-Fiction

  • “Airport of the Dead.” Airplane Reading (2013). Eds. Christopher Schaberg and Mark Yakich.

Invited Blog Posts

  • “Discussing The Devils with Kevin Flanagan.” Film Struck Blog (October 2018):
  • “Adapting and Translating Chrono Trigger Across Time.” Birmingham City University Cultural Translation Research Blog (May 2018).
  • “Nuancing Ken Russell.” Edinburgh University Press Blog (13 Oct 2015):
  • “A Lurid Legacy: Lessons from Sweeney Todd and Hangover Square.” Pitt Play (2011):

Grants and Fellowships

2021 Summer Funding from the Center for Humanities Research, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, George Mason University -

Courses Taught

ENGH101 - Composition

ENGH302 - Advanced Composition

ENGH202 - Texts and Contexts - Novels and Films about Hollywood and Filmmaking

ENGH372 - Introduction to Film

HNRS240 - Reading the Past - The Cold War: Cultures & Legacies


B.A. - Literary and Cultural Studies, College of William and Mary '06

M.A. - English/Film Studies, North Carolina State University, '09

PH.D. - English/Film Studies, University of Pittsburgh, '15

Recent Presentations

“Whose Law is it Anyway?: Detection, Magic, and the Uncanny Spaces of The Wicker Man,”; Chair of Panel on British Period Drama. PCA/ACA Virtual Conference, 4/13-16/22

"Youth and the Malayan Emergency: Generational Tensions and Ideological Dissonances in British War Films Made After the Conflict," Workshop on the Malayan Emergency in Film and Literature, Monash University Malaysia, 11/5/21

"The Past as the Future: Remade Societies and the Retreat to Medievalism in Recent Films," 34th Annual Medieval-Renaissance Conference, UVA-Wise, 9/18/21

"Free Cinema?: Lorenza Mazzetti and Outsiderness in 1950s Britain," PCA/ACA, 6/2/21

"Screening War for Children in Post-Suez Britain," Virtual Talk and Book Release Event, Birkbeck Institute for the Moving Image, 7/3/20