Claudia Calhoun

Visiting Assistant Professor

Claudia Calhoun is Visiting Assistant Professor of Cinema Studies. She received her M.A. and Ph.D. in Film and Media Studies and American Studies from Yale University, and her B.A. in American Studies from Mount Holyoke College.

Her research asks how media objects work as agents of historical change. She is currently working on her first book manuscript. Tentatively titled, The Story You Are About to Hear Is True, the project uses the radio and television series Dragnet (1949 – 1959) to show how the police procedural genre served a pedagogical purpose after World War II, bringing Americans into the justice system and instructing them in their role as citizens. In addition to her work on Dragnet, Claudia has written for academic and popular outlets on a range of subjects, including the George Stevens's 1956 epic Giant, gender in the academy, and teen idols. Her next scholarly project looks at narratives of race and integration in U.S. postwar film and television.

Before coming to NYU, she taught at Bates College and Skidmore College. Her teaching and research have been supported by grants and fellowships from Yale University, the Smithsonian Center for Education and Museum Studies, and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Foundation.

Fall 2017 Courses

CINE-UT 10 / Intro to Cinema Studies
CINE-UT 12 / CINE-GT 1127 / Mad Men: Gender, Race & Culture