Rebecca M. Gordon, PhD

Rebecca M. Gordon Lecturer
Northern Arizona University
Film Studies, World Literature
Blg 18 Rm #135
Phone: 928-523-4966


I received my BA in History, English, and Humanities from Stanford University and my MA and PhD in English, American Studies, and Film Studies from Indiana University (2007). My teaching and research interests include film theory, history, and criticism, world cinema, film and televisual adaptations of literature, transmedia storytelling, gender and cultural studies, affect theory, and Chican@/Latin@ film/literature. Both at the undergraduate and graduate level, I aim to design courses that encourage students to become reflexive thinkers and learners: such skills help undergraduate students learn how to learn, while for graduate students, understanding how one thinks is vital in determining the kind of research and writing to pursue professiona

Before arriving at NAU I taught at Reed College in Portland, Oregon and was a Fulbright Fellow in Managua, Nicaragua. I am working on two book projects, one on the narrative device of the film within a film, the other on Chican@/Latin@ affect in popular culture – what one critic has called “feeling brown.” My published work includes articles and book chapters on the filmmakers Jane Campion, John Sayles, and Todd Haynes, as well as work on the “comeBidy/horror” subgenre, while additional work in progress includes articles on the aesthetic of cuteness in Chican@/Latin@ media, teaching cinema in a transnational context, and environmental citizenship in Wall-E. At present I am the Coordinator of the Cinema Studies Minor.