I’m a writer focusing on the American screen and society. My books and articles explore how film and on television reflect and influence broad trends in U.S. culture.

The latest book is  Animation and the American Imagination: A Brief History, in which I look at the development and contexts of animated film and television in the United States over the past century.

Earlier, I wrote The Afterlife of America’s War in Vietnam, which looks at the way that conflict has been remembered; Conspiracy Theory in Film, Television, and Politics, which looks at  conspiracism and pop culture, and Projecting the End of the American Dreamwhich examines how Hollywood has reflected America’s national anxieties. You can learn more about each of these books on this website’s homepage. 

In addition to writing, I’m Professor of Liberal Arts at a small art college in the Boston area, where I teach courses in film history, social science, and animation history.

I sometimes lecture on topics related to any of my books for gatherings at libraries, colleges, and other institutions. If you would like to inquire about arranging a speaking engagement at your organization, please be in touch by emailing me here.

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