I am Graduate Program Director and Associate Professor of Communication at Indiana University - Purdue University Fort Wayne, a 2002-03 Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies Postdoctoral Fellow at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington DC, and Co-Director of the IPFW Institute for Holocaust and Genocide Studies.

Academic interests

Communication, classical Hollywood, Anti-Semitism, production code of Hollywood cinema


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Book: Hollywood and Anti-Semitism: A Cultural History up to World War II. New York: Cambridge U P, 2001. Book Chapter: "Immigration, Race, and Ethnicity in American Film." Oxford Handbook of the History of American Immigration and Ethnicity. Ron Bayor, ed. New York NY: Oxford U P, 2014. "Jew and Not-Jew: Anti-Semitism and the Postwar Hollywood Social Problem Film." The Modern Jewish Experience in World Cinema. Lawrence Baron, ed. Waltham MA: Brandeis U P - U P of New England, 2011 "Staying for Time: The Holocaust and Atrocity Footage in American Public Memory." Violating Time: History, Memory and Nostalgia in Cinema. Christina Lee, ed. New York NY: Continuum, 2008 "How Some Things Never Change: Britney, the Joy of Pepsi, and the Familial Gaze." A Family Affair: Cinema Comes Home. Murray Pomerance, ed. London UK: Wallflower P, 2008. "Wretched Refuse: Watching New York Slum Films in the Aftermath of 9/11." The City That Never Sleeps: New York and the Filmic Imagination. Murray Pomerance, ed. New Brunswick NJ: Rutgers U P, 2007. Rev. of "From Street Scene to Dead End." 229-42. "Mass Murder, Modernity, and the Alienated Gaze." Cinema and Modernity. Murray Pomerance, ed. New Brunswick NJ: Rutgers U P, 2006. 57-73. "L.I.E., The Believer, and the Sexuality of Jewish Boys." Where the Boys Are: Cinemas of Masculinity and Youth. Frances Gateward and Murray Pomerance, eds. Contemporary Film and Television Series. Detroit MI: Wayne State U P, 2005. 316-32. "From 'Fucking Cops!' to 'Fucking Media!': Bonnie and Clyde (1967) for a Sixties America." Arthur Penn's Bonnie and Clyde. Lester D. Friedman, ed. Cambridge U P Film Handbooks Series. New York: Cambridge U P, 2000. Article in a scholarly journal: "The Holocaust in the Text: Victor Hugo's Les Miserables and the Allegorical Film Adaptation." Film Criticism 27.1 (2002): 50-65. "On the Edge of Tastelessness: The Smothers Brothers, CBS and the Struggle for Control." Cinema Journal 31.4 (1992): 3-24 Paper published in conference proceedings: "Hollywood, the Holocaust, and World War II." American Judaism in Popular Culture. Studies in Jewish Civilization 17. Leonard J. Greenspoon and Ronald A. Simkins, eds. Proc. of the 17th Annual Symposium of the Klutznick Chair in Jewish Civilization-Harris Center for Judaic Studies, Creighton U, Omaha NE; U of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln NE, 24-25 Oct. 2004. Omaha NE: Creighton U P; Lincoln NE: U of Nebraska P, 2006. 39-58. "From Street Scene to Dead End: Hollywood and the Urban Ethnic Im[m]igrant, 1931-1937." La Mémoire des villes / The Memory of Cities. Proc. of La Mémoire des Villes / The Memory of Cities, University of Jean Monnet, Saint-Etienne, France, 2 May 2002. Yves Clavaron and Bernard Dieterle, eds. Saint-Etienne, France: Publications de l'Université de Saint-Etienne, 2003. Published reviews of scholarly or creative work Review of Screening a Lynching: The Leo Frank Case on Film and Television. By Matthew H. Bernstein. Athens: U of Georgia P, 2009. American Jewish History (html) (.pdf) Review of Art, Culture, and Media Under the Third Reich. Edited by Richard A. Etlin. Chicago IL: Chicago University Press, 2002. Clio: A Journal of Literature, History, and the Philosophy of History 33.4 (2004): 487-93. Other: "2000 Presidential Election Coverage." The Encyclopedia of Television. 2nd ed. Horace Newcomb, ed. New York NY: Routledge, 2004. "Luise Rainer." Jewish Women in America: An Historical Encyclopedia. Paula Hyman and Deborah Dash Moore, eds. New York: Routledge, 1997. Revised for republication in Encyclopedia of Jewish Women: A Comprehensive Historical Encyclopedia. Paula E. Hyman and Dalia Ofer, ed. Jerusalem, Israel: Shalvi, in press.