CORE FACULTY

Josie Torres Barth

 
Assistant Teaching Professor, English
Office: 248 Tompkins 

Dr. Josie Torres Barth's classes explore themes of space, gender, technology, and social change across media. At NC State, she has taught Introduction to Film Studies, both classes in the global Film History sequence, and courses on such topics as the gothic horror film, media fantasies in film, and the science-fiction/horror anthology TV program The Twilight Zone. Her research examines how forms of audience address in postwar television, film, and radio demonstrate changing conceptions of public and private spheres, and thus anxieties surrounding the ambiguous position of women in the growing consumer economy and U.S. society broadly. Her work has appeared in Camera Obscura: Feminism, Culture, and Media Studies and is forthcoming in the edited collection Contemporary American Prestige Television: Cultural and Artistic Value in the Multiplatform Era (Rutgers University Press). Before attending graduate school, she worked as a freelance art director for film and television in New York. Dr. Barth earned her Ph.D. in Cultural Studies in 2019 from McGill University’s Department of English, where she received two teaching awards. She serves as the faculty advisor for the Student Film Society.

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Susan Emshwiller

 
Lecturer, English
Office: 305 Tompkins

Susan Emshwiller is a writer and director for both screen and stage and has worked in the Hollywood film industry for many years. Ms. Emshwiller has written many screenplays including for the Academy-Award winning film “Pollock” for actor/director Ed Harris. As a set decorator she worked with directors such as David Mamet and Robert Altman. In“The Player” she was also a featured actress. Having worked as a writer, director, producer, actor, editor, and set decorator, she brings real world experience to her screenwriting classes and practical knowledge of the process of getting words from the page to the screen. Before moving to North Carolina, Ms. Emshwiller taught screenwriting for several years at The Met Theatre in Los Angeles. She has won awards for her scripts, short films, PSAs, music videos, commercials, and feature film “In the Land of Milk and Money.” Her published works include the plays "Dominoes" and “Defrosting Popsicles.”

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Marsha Gordon

 
Professor, English
Office: 257 Tompkins; 515-4164

Dr. Gordon is director of the Film Studies program.  With the support of a National Humanities Center fellowship and an NEH Public Scholar Award, she is completing a book project, “Leftover Ladies: Ursula Parrott and the Reinvention of the Modern Woman,” which will be published by the trade division of University of California Press in 2023.

Since joining the film studies faculty in 2002, she has taught such courses as 21st Century Documentary Filmmaking, 1920s/2020s Film + Media, Women + Film, 1950s American Film, Studio Era Hollywood, Warner Bros. in the Golden Age, Cinema Stylists: Nicholas Ray, Douglas Sirk, Sam Fuller, The Musical, History of Film to 1940, Film + Literature, War Documentaries, and The American War Film. 

Dr. Gordon has published and co-edited four books: Film is Like a Battleground: Sam Fuller’s War Movies (Oxford University Press, 2017); with Dr. Allyson Nadia Field (University of Chicago), Screening Race in American Nontheatrical Film (Duke University Press, 2019); with Dan Streible and Devin Orgeron, Learning With the Lights Off: Educational Film in the United States (Oxford University Press, 2012); and  Hollywood Ambitions: Celebrity in the Movie Age (Wesleyan University Press, 2008). She has published numerous articles in such journals as The American Archivist, Film History, The Velvet Light TrapHistorical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, Film Quarterly, Cinema Journal, and The Moving Image

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Dr. Gordon's webpage: marshagordon.org

Andrew R. Johnston

Associate Professor, English
Office: 230 Tompkins; 919-515-4150

Dr. Johnston teaches in the Film Studies Program and is the Associate Director for the PhD program in Communication, Rhetoric, and Digital Media. His research and teaching areas include film history and theory, animation, avant-garde film, color aesthetics, media archaeology, and areas of the digital humanities such as the history of computational technologies and digital archives. His recent book, Pulses of Abstraction: Episodes from a History of Animation (University of Minnesota Press, 2020), is a theoretical and historical investigation of abstract animation in cinema and computational media from the 1950s through the 1970s. Examining a rich array of techniques—including etching directly onto the filmstrip, immersive colored-light spectacles, rapid montage sequences, and digital programming—Pulses of Abstraction uncovers important epistemological shifts around film and related media. He has also written a series of articles about the historical development of Computer-Generated Imagery from the 1960s through the 1980s and methods of archiving and transcoding these works on contemporary platforms. His current research investigates the history of Artificial Intelligence from the mid-twentieth century.

Dr. Johnston has a PhD in Cinema and Media Studies from the University of Chicago. In addition to his book, his research on film history, aesthetic theory, media archaeology, and avant-garde film has appeared in books and journals such as Animating Film Theory, Color and the Moving ImageAnimation: Behind the Silver Screen, and Discourse: Journal for Theoretical Studies in Media and Culture, and the forthcoming edited volume Hardwired Temporalities: Media Infrastructures and the Politics of Digital Time.
   
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John Paul Stadler

Assistant Teaching Professor, English
Office: 225 Tompkins

Dr. John Paul Stadler is a film and media scholar and fiction writer. His research and teaching centers on the role of various media in shaping modern notions of gender and sexuality, particularly with regard to queer and transgender subjectivities. In his current project, Pornographesis: Sex, Media and Gay Culture, he explores the historical force, technological forms, and sexual politics of gay pornography in order to correct a blind spot in the story sexuality studies tells about contemporary gay life. By paying close attention to the narrative structures, cultural positions, and reception practices of gay pornography since the 1960s, he makes the case for the centrality of erotic media in understanding the historical formation of gay identity. Dr. Stadler's scholarship has appeared in in SynoptiqueDeep MediationsPorn StudiesFeminist Media Histories, The Journal of Cinema and Media StudiesPolygraph, Art + Documentation, and Jump Cut: A Review of Contemporary Media. In addition, his fiction chapbook Prehistoric was published in 2016 by The Cupboard Pamphlet. He serves as the faculty advisor to Wolfpack Pictures, the film collective and screening series run by MA Film Studies students.  

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Dr.  Stadler’s webpage: johnpaulstadler.com


AFFILIATED FACULTY

Wilton Barnhardt

Associate Professor, English
Office: 276 Tompkins; (919) 515-4129

Dr. Barnhardt is the author of three novels (Show World, Gospel, and Emma Who Saved My Life) and numerous short stories and essays. He teaches screenwriting (Eng 330) and advanced screenwriting (Eng 430).

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Patrick FitzGerald

Associate Professor, Art & Design
Office: 276 Tompkins; (919) 515-4129

Professor FitzGerald's multimedia work has been exhibited across the United States and Japan. As director of the IntelliMedia Initiative for the College of Design at NCSU, FitzGerald's research and teaching span the full range of multimedia production, from digital video to interactive 3D animation.  Professor FitzGerald has received national and international awards for his digital illustrations. He teaches Digital Imaging (ADN 219) and an Animation Seminar (ADN 289).

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Nathaniel Isaacson

Assistant Professor,
Foreign Languages and Literatures
Office: Withers 208

Nathaniel Isaacson is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literature, where he teaches courses in Chinese language, Chinese cultural studies, literature and cinema. His research interests include Chinese science fiction, intellectual history, and visual culture. Nathaniel's current research focuses on science fiction cinema and cultural production in the post-Mao era. His forthcoming article, "Media and Messages: Blurred Visions of Nation and Science in 'Death Ray on a Coral Island,'" which examines the many media incarnations of Tong Enzheng's post-socialist Sci-Fi thriller, will appear in Simultaneous Worlds: Global Science Fiction Cinema.

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Jorge Marí

Associate Professor,
Foreign Languages and Literatures
Office: Withers 217

Jorge (Jordi) Marí is professor of contemporary Iberian socio-environmental cultural studies, film, and literature at North Carolina State University. His books include Tracing the Borders of Spanish Horror Cinema and Television (Routledge, 2017), Ventanas sobre el Atlántico: España-EE.UU. durante el postfranquismo (Universitat de Valencia, 2011), and Lecturas espectaculares: el cine en la novela española desde 1970 (Libertarias, 2003). He has taught and lectured widely in the US, Canada, France, and Spain, and has authored numerous book chapters and articles on socio-environmental cultural studies, film, literature, historical memory, music, and other topics in journals such as MLN, Revista de Estudios Hispánicos, Letras Peninsulares, Arizona Journal of Hispanic Cultural Studies, Arbor, España Contemporánea, Studi Ispanici, and many others. He has also published numerous journalistic essays in media outlets such as CTXT, Veggie's World, and eurogaceta.es. Dr. Marí has won the University Outstanding Teacher Award, the Alumni Association Outstanding Teaching Award, and the Poole Award for Excellence in Teaching, and in 2019 was inducted into the Academy of Outstanding Teachers at NC State University.  He is currently working on a monograph on eco-pedagogical approaches to Iberian film studies.

Visit Jordi's academic site & access a few of his publications in academia.edu.

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Runlei Zhai

Assistant Teaching Professor,
Foreign Languages and Literatures
Office: Withers 226

Runlei Zhai is an Assistant Teaching Professor in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures. She teaches courses in Chinese language, Chinese cultural studies, and Chinese cinema. Her research interests include Chinese Film Studies, Eco-Cinema, and Environmental Humanities in Asia. She has published articles and books in both English and Chinese. Her most recent article is “From Jiang Rong to Jean-Jacques Annaud: An Ecological Rewrite of Wolf Totem” in Chinese Environmental Humanities: Practices of Environing at the Margins published by Palgrave MacMillan in 2019. Her current project focuses on eco-apocalypse in contemporary Chinese Cinema.