Distinguished Professor of Film Studies
Jon Lewis is a Distinguished Professor of Film Studies and a University Honors College Eminent Professor in the School of Writing, Literature, and Film at Oregon State University where he has taught film and cultural studies since 1983. He has published ten books: The Road to Romance and Ruin: Teen Films and Youth Culture, which won a Choice Magazine Academic Book of the Year Award; Whom God Wishes to Destroy … Francis Coppola and the New Hollywood; The New American Cinema; Hollywood v. Hard Core: How the Struggle over Censorship Saved the Modern Film Industry, a New York Times New and Noteworthy paperback; The End of Cinema as We Know It: American Film in the Nineties, American Film: A History, Looking Past the Screen: Case Studies in American Film History, for the British Film Institute’s Film Classics series, The Godfather; the popular textbook Essential Cinema, and The American Film History Reader. He is currently editing Behind the Silver Screen, a ten book series for Rutgers University Press on the history of selected film occupations (screenwriter, director, actor, producer, cinematographer, art director, sound engineer, animator, editor, and costume designer).
Professor Lewis has appeared in two theatrically released documentaries on film censorship: Inside Deep Throat (Fenton Bailey, 2005) and This Film is Not Yet Rated (Kirby Dick, 2006). Between 2002 and 2007, Professor Lewis was editor of Cinema Journal and had a seat on the Executive Council of the Society for Cinema and Media Studies.
Assistant Professor of Film Studies
Mila Zuo’s research and teaching interests include international art and non-Western cinemas, body studies, race and gender studies, celebrity cultures, and contemporary film theory. She received her M.A. and Ph.D. in Cinema and Media Studies from UCLA. She is currently working on a book about body politics in contemporary Chinese cinemas, proposing that 21st century Chinese identity is an interactive and reactive media phenomenon imagined through screen performances of sex, health, and beauty. Her essays have been published in Journal of Chinese Cinemas and Celebrity Studies Journal. Zuo has forthcoming chapters appearing in Asian cinema anthologies on the topics of “beauty capital” and Chinese film star Fan Bingbing, and resistant femininities in East Asian women’s cinema. As a visual mediamaker, her video work has been reviewed in popular digital publications and she recently completed a short narrative film titled Carnal Orient.
Assistant Professor of German
Sebastian Heiduschke is based in the School of Language, Culture and Society. He teaches the cinemas of German speaking countries from the silent era to the present, along with classes in film subtitling. Although his research specialty is East German Cinema, he has also published on the German film comedy, German film in Mystery Science Theater 3000, German versions of the teen rebel film, and the city in contemporary German cinema. Two recent DVD releases of East German films feature his introductory essays. In the Corvallis film community, Sebastian is best known for the regular programming of both eccentric and popular film series.
Professor of French and Francophone Studies
Nabil Boudraa is a Professor of French and Francophone Studies at Oregon State University. Nabil's teaching and research interest include French and Francophone literature and film. He recently co-authored Francophone Cultures Through Film (2013) through Focus Publishing. This book offers close analysis of several films from various Francophone countries. He has also published articles in French and in English on Albert Camus, Berber oral poetries, William Faulkner and Maghrebian literature. Among Nabil Boudraa’s forthcoming books: Algeria on Screen: Society, Politics and Culture in the Films of Merzak Allouache (Cambria Press, 2019).
Affiliate faculty in Film Studies also include the following:
Assistant Professor of Political Science
Associate Professor of Women's Studies
Assistant Professor of Women's Studies