B.A. Film Studies, Wesleyan University, 1987
M.A. Film & Television, University of California, Los Angeles, 1991
Ph.D. Cinema Studies, New York University, 2011
Julian Cornell’s research and teaching interests are primarily in the ideologies and politics of American popular culture, particularly in Hollywood genre cinema. His recently completed dissertation, entitled Waiting for Godzilla: Apocalyptic Cinema at the Close of the Millennium, examines the confluence of the secular and sacred in mainstream filmmaking as articulated in apocalyptic disaster fictions of the 1990s. He is currently doing research on representations of race, class and gender in contemporary children’s films. Other areas of interest, publication and teaching include science fiction, musicals and documentary, as well as the cinemas of Japan and Scandinavia. He has taught at NYU, in Cinema Studies and Undergraduate Film and Television, since 2001, and in Media Studies at Queens College – CUNY since 2003. Prior to teaching at NYU, he was a programming executive at HBO from 1993 until 2001.
science fiction and disaster fictions; documentary and non-fiction film and television; cinemas of Germany, Japan and Scandinavia; musicals, film and politics; film and religion; new media