Faculty | Gregory A. Waller
Professor, Department of Communication and Culture
- Ph.D., State University of New York, Stony Brook
He is currently working on two major projects: a history of 16mm, traveling exhibition, and the non-theatrical film industry during the 1930s-1940s; and Japan-in-America, a comprehensive look at the presentation of Japan across varied media from 1890-1915, a project which includes a traveling exhibit and a digital archive (http://www.indiana.edu/~jia1915/)
Courses Recently Taught
- Hollywood I: The First Fifty Years of American Cinema, 1895-1945
- Topics in Media History: Representing Japan
- Hollywood and American Media in the 1930s
- Histories of American Cinema
- American Silent Cinema
- Methods of Media Research
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.
Main Street Amusements: Movies and Commercial Entertainment in a Southern City, 1896-1930. Washington: Smithsonian Institutional Press, 1995. Winner of the Theatrical Library Association award and the Katherine Singer Kovacs award of the Society for Cinema Studies.
Moviegoing in America: A Sourcebook in the History of Film Exhibition. London and Malden: Blackwell Publishers, 2002.
- "Japan on American Screens, 1908-1915." Early Cinema and the National, eds. Richard Abel, Georgio Bertolini, and Rob King. Eastleigh: John Libbey Publishing, 2008, pp. 137-50.
- "Free Talking Picture-Every Farmer is Welcome: Non-Theatrical Film and Everyday Life in Rural America during the 1930s." In Going to the Movies, eds. Melvyn Stokes, Robert Allen, and Richard Maltby. Univeristy of Exeter Press.
- "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 Itinerate Film Exhibition." Film Quarterly 57, no. 2 (2004): 2-14.
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)