Prior to coming to the University of Nottingham Ningbo China in May 2013, I taught at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore (where I also served as Head of Division of Broadcast and Cinema Studies) from 2008-13 and at Ohio University in the US (where I coordinated the film studies MA program) from 2003-08. Other earlier positions include teaching posts in the US, Australia, Taiwan, and Thailand, where I was also a Fulbright grantee at Chulalongkorn University in 2005.
My teaching and research in recent years have focussed upon contemporary Southeast Asian cinema, while I have also retained earlier interests in issues of race, gender, stardom, and genre in American popular film. I serve on the editorial boards of Celebrity Studies (Routledge), the newly re-launched Intensities: The Journal of Cult Media, and the Thailand-based Asian Journal of Literature, Culture and Society.
Current projects include preparation of a bibliography on horror film for the Oxford Bibliographies Online program, as well as work on a regional study of the contemporary Southeast Asian horror film.
Recent publications (single-authored save where otherwise noted)
“Teaching Film through Stardom,” in Teaching Film, ed. Lucy Fischer and Patrice Petro (Modern Language Association, 2012).
"Thai Film Studies in English: A Look at Current Work and Future Possibilities," in Thai translation, Nang Thai [Thai Film Quarterly] 16 (2012), 5-22.
“Mae Nak’s Makeover: Recent Adaptations of a Thai Cinematic Icon,” in 2010 International Seminar and Screening of Thai Cinema: Proceedings, ed. Raksarn Wiwatsinudom et al. (Faculty of Communication Arts, Chulalongkorn University, 2011), 131-150.
“Mae Nak’s Makeover: Recent Adaptations of a Thai Cinematic Icon,” in Chinese translation, in Thai Film Studies, ed. Zhang Zhongnian and Raksarn Wiwatsinudom (China Film Press, 2011), 161-175.
“Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers: Modernizing Class,” in Glamour in a Golden Age: Movie Stars of the 1930s, ed. Adrienne L. McLean (Rutgers UP, 2011), 196-219.
“Tourism and the Landscape of Thai Film Festivals,” in Film Festival Yearbook 3: Film Festivals and East Asia, ed. Dina Iordanova and Ruby Cheung (St. Andrews Film Studies, 2011), 154-165. Co-author: Kong Rithdee.
“In (Qualified) Defense of ‘Southeast Asian Cinema,’” Asian Cinema 22, no. 1 (2011), 357-367.
“Harrison Ford: A Well-Tempered Machismo,” in Acting for America: Movie Stars of the 1980s, ed. Robert T. Eberwein (Rutgers UP, 2010), 160-179.
“The Pan-Asian Outlook of The Eye,” in Horror to the Extreme: Changing Boundaries in Asian Cinema, ed. Jinhee Choi and Mitsuyo Wada-Marciano (U of Hong Kong P, 2009), 69-84.
“Race Mixing and the Fantastic: Lineages of Identity and Genre in Contemporary Hollywood,” in Mixed Race Hollywood, ed. Mary Beltran and Camilla Fojas (New York UP, 2008), 157-181.
“Suriyothai Becomes Legend: National Identity as Global Currency,” in East Asian Cinemas: Exploring Transnational Connections on Film, ed. Leon Hunt and Leung Wing-Fai (I.B. Tauris, 2008), 123-137.
Recent conference presentations
“The Japanese Imagination of Thailand in Recent Feature Films.” Council on Thai Studies Conference. Ohio University, Athens, OH. 26-27 October 2012.
“Gender, Religion, and Nation in the New Malaysian Horror Film.” Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference. Boston, MA. 21-25 March 2012.
“The Victim and the New Thai Horror Film.” The Communication/Dialogue/Interaction Between Thai and Chinese Cinema Conference. Chulalongkorn University, Thailand. 16-18 February 2012.
“Where Got Ghost Movie?: Mapping Singaporean Horror.” Conference on Film and Cinema in Singapore. National University of Singapore and Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. 6-7 October 2011.
“The Ambiguity of Ananda: Thai Stardom in a Global Industry.” 11th International Conference on Thai Studies. Bangkok, Thailand. 26-28 July 2011.
“Exotic Journeys: European Cinematic Imaginings of Thailand, 1960s-1980s.” Cine-Excess V Conference. London, UK. 26-28 May 2011.
“Is There a Southeast Asian Text in this Asian Cultural Studies Debate?” Association for Asian Studies Conference. Honolulu, HI. 31 March-3 April 2011.
“Tourism and the Landscape of Thai Film Festivals.” Asian Cultural Studies Association Conference. Assumption University, Bangkok, Thailand. 1-3 November 2010. Co-author: Kong Rithdee.
“Bollywood Does Bangkok: Perils of the Intra-Asian Gaze.” Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference. Los Angeles, CA. 17-21 March 2010.
“It’s a Cookbook!: Gender Anxieties in The Twilight Zone’s ‘To Serve Man’.” Rod Serling Conference. Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY. 2-3 October 2009.
“Intransigent Bodies and Fragmented Identities: The Continuing Development of the Thai Horror Film.” Asian Cultural Studies Association Conference. Assumption University, Bangkok, Thailand. 13-14 August 2009.
“Thai Nationalism and Cinematic Superheroes in the Time of Thaksin.” Association for Asian Studies Conference. Chicago, IL. 26-29 March 2009