Faculty | Gregory A. Waller
Professor, Department of Communication and Culture
Editor, Film History (2012-present)
- Ph.D., State University of New York, Stony Brook
He is currently completing a study of non-theatrical cinema in the United States during the period before 16mm, entitled Non-Theatrical Cinema in 1915: Sites, Sponsors, and Circulation, and continues to work on traveling film exhibition, the history of non-theatrical film during the 1920s-1940s, and Japan-in-America, a comprehensive look at the representations of Japan across the range of American media from 1890-1915.
Courses Recently Taught
- Hollywood I, 1895-1945
- Everything but Movies: Classroom Films, Home Movies, Propaganda
- Japanese Cinemali>
- Advanced Media Research
- Histories of American Cinema
- Moviegoing in America: A Sourcebook in the History of Film Exhibition. London and Malden MA: Blackwell Publishers, 2002.
- Main Street Amusements: Movies and Commercial Entertainment in a Southern City, 1896-1930. Washington: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1995. Winner of Katherine Singer Kovacs award of the Society for Cinema Studies for outstanding scholarship in film and media studies (1995-1997) and the Theatre Library Association award for best book in film and television studies (1995). Available for downloading at the Hathi Trust Digital Library http://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=mdp.39015034300775;view=1up;seq=7
- American Horrors: Essays on the Modern American Horror Film. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1987.
- The Living and the Undead: From Stoker's `Dracula' to Romero's `Dawn of the Dead'. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1986. Republished with new foreword as The Living and the Undead: Slaying Vampires, Exterminating Zombies (University of Illinois Press, 2010).
- “Locating Early Non-Theatrical Audiences,” in Audiences: Defining and Researching Screen Entertainment Reception. Ed. Ian Christie. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2012, pp. 81-95.
- "Cornering The Wheat Farmer (1938)" in Learning with the Lights Out: A Reader in Educational Film. Eds. Devin Orgeron, Marsha Orgeron, and Dan Streible. New York: Oxford University Press, 2012, pp. 249-70.
- "Projecting the Power of 16mm, 1935-1945," in Useful Cinema. Eds. Charles R. Acland and Haidee Wasson. Durham: Duke University Press, 2011, pp. 125-48.
- “Japan on American Screens, 1908-1915.” Early Cinema and the National, eds. Richard Abel, Giorgio Bertellini, and Rob King. Eastleigh: John Libbey Publishing, 2008, pp. 139-52.
- “Free Talking Picture—Every Farmer is Welcome: Non-theatrical Film and Everyday Life in Rural America during the 1930s.” In Going to the Movies: Hollywood and the Social Experience of the Cinema, eds. Melvyn Stokes, Robert Allen, and Richard Maltby. University of Exeter Press, 2008, pp. 248-72, 437-444.
- “Narrating the New Japan: The Hero of Liao Yang (1904).” Screen 47, no. 1 (Spring 2006): 43-65.
- “Imagining and Promoting the Small-Town Theater.” Cinema Journal 44, no. 3 (Spring 2005): 3-19.
- “Robert Southard and the History of Itinerant Film Exhibition.” Film Quarterly 57, no. 2 (2004): 2-14.
- “Hillbilly Music and Will Rogers: Small-town Picture Shows in the 30s.” In American Movie Audiences: From the Turn of the Century to the Early Sound Era, eds. Melvyn Stokes and Richard Maltby. London: British Film Institute, 1999, pp. 153-66.
Selected dissertations directed
- Jasmine Trice (co-director), Transnational Cinema, Transcultural Capital: Cinema Distribution and Exhibition in Contemporary Metro-Manila (2009)
- Travis Vogan, Historians, Storytellers, Mythmakers: NFL Films and the Pro Football Experience (2010)
- Amanda Keeler, ‘Sugar Coat the Educational Pill’: The Early Educational Aspirations of Film, Radio, and Television (2011)
- Andrea Kelley, The Sites of Soundies: Exhibition, Technology, and Representation in 1940s Jukebox Films (2013)
Selected Honors and Awards
- Katherine Singer Kovacs award of the Society for Cinema Studies for outstanding scholarship in film and media studies (1995-1997) for Main Street Amusements
- Theatre Library Association award for best book in film and television studies (1995) for Main Street Amusements
- Toshiba Foundation Grant for museum exhibition: Japan-in-America, The
Turn of the Twentieth Century (2005)
- Fulbright Lectureship, University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand (1993)