Dr Marsha Gordon

ProfessorDirector of Film Studies

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Since joining the film studies faculty in 2002, Marsha Gordon has taught courses on War Documentaries, Sam Fuller/Nicholas Ray/Douglas Sirk, Educational Film, American War Film, Women & Film, 1950s American Film, Hitchcock + Wilder, Studio Era Hollywood, Warner Bros. in the Golden Age, The Musical, History of Film to 1940, African American Film, International Crime Film, Introduction to Film, and Film & Literature. Her research interests include stardom and movie fan culture through the studio era; the birth and decline of the Hollywood studio system; Sam Fuller, Ida Lupino, and other independent filmmakers of the 1940s and 1950s; orphan films, especially of the educational variety; and the intersections between film and other art forms, such as literature.

She was the co-editor of The Moving Image (University of Minnesota Press) from 2009-2013, and is the co-founder of Home Movie Day Raleigh. She does a monthly radio show, Movies on the Radio, on WUNC's The State of Things.



Film is Like a Battleground: Sam Fuller's War Movies . Oxford University Press (2017).

Hollywood Ambitions: Celebrity in the Movie Age.  Wesleyan University Press (2008). 

Learning With the Lights Off: Educational Film in the U.S.. Co-edited with Dan Streible and Devin Orgeron.  Oxford University Press, January 2012.


Screening Race in American Nontheatrical Film.  Co-edited with Allyson Nadia Field (U Chicago). Forthcoming with Duke University Press, summer 2019.

See website (link above) for further details.



  • Ph.D. in English/Film Studies from University of Maryland, 2001