2017-present Assistant Professor, Department of English, University of Colorado Denver
2015-2017 Assistant Professor, Department of English, Salisbury University
2015-2017 Assistant Editor, Literature/Film Quarterly, Salisbury University
2012-2015 Lecturer, Department of English, Georgetown University
2014-2015 Lecturer, Honors College, University of Maryland College Park
2013-2014 Lecturer, Department of Literature, American University
2010-2013 Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of English, George Mason University
June 2010 Ph.D. in Media Studies (Radio-Television-Film), University of Texas at Austin
Dissertation: “Malice in Wonderland: The Perverse Pleasure of the Revolting Child”
Janet Staiger (chair), Mary Kearney, Harry Benshoff, Julia Mickenberg, Jennifer Fuller
June 2005 M.A. in English Literature, The Ohio State University
June 2000 B.A. in English Literature, The Ohio State University
University of Colorado Denver
"Genres of Writing" (ENGL 5155)
"Screenwriting Workshop" (ENGL 3415)
"Adapting Wizard of Oz" (ENGL 3200)
"1950s American Cinema" (ENGL 3070)
"The Horror Film" (ENGL 3075)
"Film Theory" (ENGL 4420)
"Studies in Censorship” (ENGL 4770)
"Adapting Frankenstein" (ENGL 3200)
"Intro to Film" (ENGL 2250)
"Film Studies Pedagogy Workshop" (ENGL 493)
“Film Genre” (ENGL 324)
“Introduction to Film” (ENGL 220)
“The Horror Film” (ENGL 401)
“Literature and Film” (ENGL 221)
“Shadows of Hitchcock” (ENGL 415)
“Introduction to World Cinema” (FMST 104)
“Post-WWII American Cinema” (ENGL 252)
“Humanities and Writing” (HUMW 011)
University of Maryland, College Park
“Deconstructing Breaking Bad” (HONR 348F)
“Frankenstein Mythos on Film” (HONR 238T)
“Critical Approaches to Cinema” (LIT 135)
“College Writing” (LIT 100)
George Mason University
“Cold War Media Culture” (ENGH 202)
“Introduction to Film” (ENGH 332)
University of Texas at Austin
“Film History” (RTF 314)
The Revolting Child in Horror Cinema: Youth Rebellion and Queer Spectatorship. NY: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015.
Journal issues edited:
"Adaptation and Audiences," Literature/Film Quarterly 45:4 (Fall 2017). Guest Editor and author of Introduction.
"Celebrity!" Velvet Light Trap 65:1 (Spring 2010). Coordinating Editor and co-author of Introduction.
"Censorship and Regulation," Velvet Light Trap 63:1 (Spring 2009). Editorial Board and co-author of Introduction.
"Remakes and Adaptations," Velvet Light Trap 61:1 (Spring 2008). Editorial Board and co-author of Introduction.
Lost and Othered Children in Contemporary Cinema. Co-edited with Debbie C. Olsen. MD: Lexington Books, 2012.
"Fanfic'ing Film: Queer Youth Cinema Reclaims Pop Culture." Girlhood Studies 12:1 (March 2019). 114-124.
“The Reelness: Queer Film Festivals and Youth Media Training.” Cinema Journal 57:1 (Fall 2017). 147-51.
“’Wonderful, heavenly, beautiful, and ours’: Lesbian Fantasy and Media(ted) Desire in Heavenly Creatures.” Journal of Lesbian Studies. 16.2 (Summer 2012). 1-11.
“It Takes a Child to Raze a Village: Demonizing Youth Rebellion.” Jump Cut: A Review of Contemporary Media. 53 (Summer 2011). <>.
"The Sieve or the Scalpel: The Family Movie Act of 2004, Infantile Citizenship, and the Rhetoric of Censorship." Post Script: Essays in Film and the Humanities 30.2 (Summer 2011). 69-81.
“Happy, Empty: On Authorship and Influence in the Horror Cinema of Kiyoshi Kurosawa.” Asian Journal of Literature, Culture, and Society 4.2 (October 2010). 54-72.
"Demons Are a Girl’s Best Friend: Queering the Revolting Child in The Exorcist,” Red Feather: An International Journal of Children’s Visual Culture 2.1 (Fall 2010).
"Bizarre Love Triangle: Franksteinian Masculinities in Weird Science." The Films of John Hughes. Timothy Shary and Frances Smith, eds. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2019.
“Serialized Killers: Prebooting Horror in Bates Motel and Hannibal.” Cycles, Sequels, Spin-Offs, Remakes and Reboots: Multiplicities in Film and Television. Amanda Ann Klein and Barton Palmer, eds. Austin: University of Texas Press, 2015. 316-334.
“’It’s all for you, Damien!’: Oedipal Horror and Racial Privilege in The Omen series.” Lost and Othered Children in Contemporary Cinema. Andrew Scahill and Debbie C. Olsen, eds. MD: Lexington Books, 2012. 82-100.
"Deviled Eggs: Teratogenesis and the Gynecological Gothic in the Cinema of Monstrous Birth.” Demons of the Body and Mind: Essays on Disability in the Gothic. Ruth Bienstock Anolik, ed. Jefferson, NC: McFarland Press, 2010. 197-216.
"Invasion of the Husband Snatchers: Masculine Crisis and the Lavender Menace in I Married a Monster from Outer Space." Horrifying Sex: Essays on Sexual Difference in Gothic Literature. Ruth Bienstock Anolik, ed. Jefferson, NC: McFarland Press, 2007. 210-220.
“Empathy Machines: Queer Youth Cinema in Virtual Reality.” In Media Res: A Media Commons Project. Cinema Journal/In Focus special section (November 2017).
Invited Columnist, FLOW: Journal of Media Culture.
“Motel Rebates: The Slasher Reboot as Makeunder Genre” 17.09 (March 2013).
“Lindsay Lohan: Star Image Succubus.” 17.05 (January 2013).
“Defanged: The Curious Case of the Family-Friendly Vampire,” 17.01 (November 2012).
“Pigmalion: Animality and Failure in Here Comes Honey Boo Boo,” 16.06 (Sept 2012).
“Adultery.” Blackwell Encyclopedia of the Gothic. David Punter, ed. Oxford: Blackwell Publishing, 2011. 234.
“Unfriendly Witnesses: Gender, Theater, and Film in the McCarthy Era” (Book Review). Velvet Light Trap. 65 (Spring 2010). 72-3.
“Sleaze Artists: Cinema at the Margins of Taste, Culture, and Politics” (Book Review). Velvet Light Trap. 63 (Spring 2009). 78-80.
“Youth Culture in Global Cinema” (Book Review). Velvet Light Trap. 61 (Spring 2008). 69-71.
Feature Interview, Queer Horror, Shudder Network, 2020 [forthcoming].
Feature Interview, Scream, Queen! My Nightmare on Elm Street, 2016.
"What Horror Films Reveal About Society's Fears," City Stories. October 31, 2019.
"The Very Best (and Worst) Colorado Horror Films to Watch This Halloween," The Denver Post, October 18, 2019.
"The High Price of Being the First Male Scream Queen," MEL Magazine. August 1, 2019.
"Professor and Author Andy Scahill: Maybe I'm The Bad Seed," Dennis Anyone?. July 23, 2019.
"'Crawl' Could Usher in a New Wave of Climate Change Horror Films," VICE. July 17, 2019.
"A Long Time Ago... Why Prequels Are Taking Us Back to the Future in Popular Film," The Conversation. May 26, 2019.
"African American Perspective in Horror Films Is Platform for Social Commentary," Voice of America. April 16, 2019.
"Everyone Shut Up and Watch Jason Statham Battle a Big-Ass Shark in 'The Meg,' VICE. August 8, 2018.
"The Devil is in the Doodles," Slate Magazine. February 2, 2018.
“The Day the World Turned Upside Down,” Dazed and Confused Magazine. November 24, 2016, 74-5.
“Scary Movies: Gays Have a Special Dark Place in the Horror Canon,” Metro Weekly. October 29, 2015, 24-28.
“Deconstructing Breaking Bad,” Entertainment Weekly. October 2, 2013, 11.
“Auntie Gay: E Street Screens Auntie Mame as a Midnight Toast to Pride,” Metro Weekly, May 29 2014.
2018 President’s Diversity Fund Grant, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, UC Denver
YUMPS (Young Upwardly Mobile Professor) Grant, The Center for Faculty Development, UC Denver
2016 Salisbury University Foundation Research Grant, Salisbury University Foundation
2014 Dean’s Teaching Award Nominee, Department of English, Georgetown University
2013 Dorothy Marshall Betz Research Grant, Department of English, Georgetown University
Teaching Excellence Award Nomination, Department of English, George Mason University
2012 Outstanding Academic Title: Lost and Othered Children in Contemporary Cinema, American Library Association
2011 Outstanding Dissertation Award Nomination , University of Texas Graduate School
2010 Robert De Niro Research Fellowship, Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas at Austin
2010-12 Letter of Commendation for Teaching Excellence, Department of English, George Mason University
2009 Summer Doctoral Seminar, Wayne State University with guest scholar Amy Villarejo
2008 Appreciation Award, Services for Students with Disabilities, University of Texas at Austin
2005-06 University Graduate Fellowship, University of Texas Graduate School
2004 Letter of Commendation for Exemplary Teaching, Department of English, The Ohio State University
CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS (selected)
“Truly, Truly, Truly Outraged: On Film Reboots and the Limits of Nostalgia,” Reception Studies Society Conference. Provo, UT. September 2019.
"Bizarre Love Triangle: Franksteinian Masculinities in Weird Science.” Society for Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS) Conference. Seattle, WA. March 2019.
"Plastic Tubes and Pots and Pans: Franksteinian Masculinities in Weird Science.” Literature/Film Association Annual Conference. New Orleans, LA. November 2018.
“Not Just Kidding Around: On Teaching Children’s Media” Workshop [Chair], Society for Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS) Conference. Toronto. March 2018.
“Surviving the Adjunct” Workshop [Chair], Society for Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS) Conference. Chicago, IL. March 2017.
"Serialized Killers: Prebooting Horror in Bates Motel and Hannibal," Literature/Film Association Annual Conference. Rowan University: Glassboro, NJ. October 2016.
“Our Lady of Gentrification: The Exorcist, Washington D.C., and Black Displacement,” Society for Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS) Conference. Atlanta, GA. March 2016.
“Jog My Memory: The Reboot as Genre of Nostalgic Affect,” The Status of Genre in the 21st Century: DC Film and Media Studies Conference. Washington, DC. April 2015.
“Stars and Other Celestial Bodies: Queer Spectatorship and Heavenly Creatures." Society for Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS) Conference. Seattle, WA. March 2014.
“A Butcher, a Faker, a Censorship Maker: The Family Movie Act of 2004 and the Rhetoric of Censorship." Society for Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS) Conference. Boston. March 2012.
“Child of Darkness, Child of White: Demonizing Racial Privilege in The Omen Series.” Society for Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS) Conference. New Orleans, LA. March 2011. Chair.
“Defanged: The Curious Case of the Family-Friendly Vampire.” Exploring Childhood Studies Conference. Rutgers University: Camden, NJ. April 2010.
“Perverse Pollyannas: The Bad Seed, Revolting Children, and the Possibilities of Queer Adoption.” Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference. Los Angeles. March 2010.
"Deviled Eggs: Teratogenesis and the Gynecological Gothic in the Cinema of Monstrous Birth.” Film & History Biennial Conference. Different Bodies: Disability, Impairment, and Illness Area. Chicago, IL. October 2008.
“’Space Crafted Hitler Youth’: Cold War Anxiety and Border Control in Village of the Damned." Kidding Around: Interdisciplinary Conference on the Child in Media. University of the District of Columbia. September 2008.
“Demons are a Girl’s Best Friend: Queering the Revolting Child in The Exorcist.” Society for Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS) Conference. Philadelphia, PA. March 2008.
2015-present Reader, Palgrave Macmillan, American Library Association, Bloomsbury Publishing
Reader, Cinema Journal, LIT: Literature Interpretation Theory, Choice Reviews
2010-11 Editorial Board, Red Feather: International Journal of Children’s Visual Culture
2019 Co-Chair, Society for Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS) Conference, Denver CO
Event Organizer, "Return to Oz: Reimagining The Wizard of Oz in Comics," University of Colorado Denver
Workshop Leader, "Graphic Content: Using Comics in the Classroom," University of Colorado Denver
Guest Lecturer, "The Vampire Child of Let the Right One In," Undergraduate Seminar, UC Denver
Guest Lecturer, "A Trinity of Approaches to The Exorcist," Race and Genre in Cinema, UC Denver
Guest Lecturer, "Ferris Bueller's Day Off and the Screwball Comedy," Peotics and Literature, UC Denver
Search Committee Member, College of Arts and Media (CAM), University of Colorado Denver
2018 Undergraduate Honors Thesis Chair, "CineMed: An Analysis of Physicians in 20th Century Film"
Event Organizer, Film Studies Student Symposium. "Cinema Paranoia" (AU 18), "On Censorship" (SP 18)
Event Organizer, "Basic B*tches: Revisiting Basic Instinct," Alamo Drafthouse Denver
Guest Lecturer, "Wakanda Forever: Pasts and Presence of Black Panther," Genres of Writing, UC Denver
Guest Lecturer, "Film Theory in Action," Introduction to Graduate Studies, UC Denver
Guest Lecturer, "How to Watch a Movie," Undergraduate Honors and Leadership Seminar, UC Denver
Thesis Committee, "The 'Broken' Black Family: The Moynihan Report and The Bluest Eye"
Judge, Rex Burns Graduate Essay Award, Department of English, University of Colorado Denver
2017 Committee, "Disobedient Laughter: A Celebration of Feminist Comedy," University of Colorado Denver
Co-organizer, Film Studies Happy Hour, Department of English, University of Colorado Denver
Guest Lecturer, "Superteens Home Alone in the Temple of Doom," SU Student Film Society
2016 Search Committee, Assistant Professor in Creative Writing, Department of English, Salisbury University
2015-2016 New Majors Recruitment Committee, Department of English, Salisbury University
American Studies Interest Committee, Department of English, Salisbury University
2015 Thesis Advisor, "Tinseltown Tough Guy: Maltese Falcon's Proletariat Leading Man," Georgetown University
Organizer, "A Trinity of Approaches to The Exorcist," Salisbury University Department of English
Guest Lecturer, "The Shining: Labyrinths and Playtime," Salisbury University Student Film Society
2014-15 Committee, Center for Popular Culture and Social Good, Georgetown School of Continuing Studies
2011 Workshop Leader, "Are You Teaching Film in the Dark?" Library Services, George Mason University
2008-10 Faculty Advisor, Intellectual Entrepreneurship Program, University of Texas at Austin
2019 Film Guest, Scream Queen! Premiere, Fantastic Fest, Austin TX
Festival Volunteer, Telluride Film Festival, Telluride CO
Film Guest, Scream Queen! Sneak Preview, OutFest, Los Angeles CA
Film Guest, Scream Queen! Sneak Preview, Frameline Film Festival, San Francisco CA
2018 Guest Panelist, Oscars Prediction Panel, SIE FilmCenter Denver
Guest Lecturer, "Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge," Big Gay Matinee, SIE FilmCenter
Guest Lecturer, "The Don'ts and Be Carefuls of Child Representation," Great Adaptations, SIE FilmCenter
2017 Guest Lecturer, "The Films of Oscar Micheaux," Honors Seminar: Harlem Renaissance, Salisbury University
2015 Guest Lecturer, "Post-Apocalyptic Tropes of The Keeping Room," Rehoboth Beach Film Festival
Organizer, “Brat Pack Terrorists and Space Cowboys: Christopher Nolan and Star Image,” TalkCinema
2014-15 Event Organizer, TalkCinema Movie Nights, Georgetown School of Continuing Studies
2014 Organizer, “Monkey See, Monkey Re-Do: Re-Rebooting Planet of the Apes,” TalkCinema
Organizer, “Hollywood Übermensch: Captain America and the Blockbuster Body,” TalkCinema
Organizer, “Gravity and Intertextuality: Or, In Space No One Can Hear You Spin,” TalkCinema
Workshop Leader, "Making a Killer Movie: The Rhetoric of the Poster," University School of Milwaukee
2013 Organizer, “Renoir Premiere Screening and Discussion,” AFI Silver Theatre, MD
2012 Organizer, “The Poseidon Adventure 40th Anniversary Panel Discussion,” Loew’s Jersey Theatre
2010 Organizer, “Haynes’s Poison and New Queer Cinema,” Austin Gay and Lesbian International Film Festival
2007-present Reader, College Board Advanced Placement (AP) Exams, English Language
2006-10 Programming Committee, Austin Gay and Lesbian International Film Festival
Available upon request