Andrew Owens, Ph.D.


Andrew Owens is a Lecturer in the Department of Cinematic Arts. His research and teaching interests include global film and television history, media industry studies, historiographic methodologies, contemporary occultism, and LGBTQ+/gender/critical race theories. His book, Desire After Dark: Contemporary Queer Cultures and Occultly Marvelous Media (Indiana University Press, 2021), provides an industrial and cultural history of how modern occult practices have risen to on-screen prominence over the past half-century during moments of profound transnational anxiety surrounding sexual, gender, and racial mores.

Owens’ other publications include essays in Feminist Media StudiesTelevision and New MediaNew Review of Film & Television StudiesThe Comedy Studies Reader (University of Texas Press), New Directions in Queer Horror Film and Television (University of Wales Press), Twenty-First-Century Gothic: An Edinburgh Companion (Edingurgh University Press), and Camp TV of the 1960s: Reassessing the Vast Wasteland (forthcoming from Oxford University Press). A co-authored monograph on Marlon Riggs’ 1989 documentary Tongues Untied is also forthcoming in the “Queer Film Classics” series from McGill-Queen’s University Press.

Professor Owens regularly teaches Introduction to Film Studies, Contemporary Cinema, Race/Gender/Sexuality on Screen, and has also taught upper-level courses such as History of the American Horror Film, American Exploitation Cinema, and Screening Sex in America. Additionally, he has sat on several Executive Boards of international scholarly organizations, including both the Queer Caucus and Television Studies Scholarly Interest Group of the Society for Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS), and currently serves on the Executive Board of Console-ing Passions.

Professor Owens holds a BA (high honors) in English Literature from Swarthmore College, an MA in English from Villanova University, and a PhD in Screen Cultures from Northwestern University.

Andrew Owens CV

Andrew Owens
Ph.D., Northwestern University, M.A., Villanova University, B.A., Swarthmore College

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