Expert on fame, celebrity and mass media.
USC University Professor
Holder of the Leo S. Bing Chair in English and American Literature
Professor of English, USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences
Holder of joint appointments in history and art history, USC Dornsife College; critical studies, USC School of Cinematic Arts
- history of fiction
- 17th and 18th century British literature
- mass media and pop culture
- fame, celebrity
- film history
- genre movies (horror, Western, musical, etc.)
- war and masculinity
- Author, From Chivalry to Terrorism: War and the Changing Nature of Masculinity (2003), Native Informant: Essays on Film, Fiction and Popular Culture (1992), The Frenzy of Renown: Fame and Its History (1986), The World in a Frame: What We See in Films (1976), Jean Renoir: The World of His Films (1972) and Narrative Form in History and Fiction: Hume, Fielding and Gibbon (1970)
- Author of essays and reviews in various publications, including Film Quarterly, New York Times, Book Review, Commentary and the New Republic.