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Ed Guerrero

Associate Professor

Ed Guerrero is an Associate Professor of Cinema Studies, and Africana Studies, at New York University. Professor Guerrero’s popular books,  Framing Blackness (Temple U. Press), and Do the Right Thing in the ‘Modern Classics’ series (British Film Institute), explore black cinema’s cultural, political and aesthetic history, as well as its critical discourse. Ed Guerrero has written numerous book chapters on black cinema, its movies, stars, culture and politics, as well as essays and reviews for such journals as Sight & Sound, CINEASTE, Film Quarterly, Discourse, Journal of Popular Film and Television, Ethnic & Racial Studies and Callaloo. Ed Guerrero’s research interests and projects encompass black cinema, black celebrity; Africa, Asia and their cinematic representation; science fiction & horror cinema, utopia/dystopia; mapping the Black Pacific, and theories exploring the burden of race and difference. In addition, professor Guerrero has served on numerous editorial, review and executive boards including Cinema Journal, African American Review, The American Studies Association, The Society for Cinema and Media Studies, and the National Film Preservation Board of the Library of Congress.

Books & Films:
Do the Right Thing (London: British Film Institute, Modern Classics, 2001).
Framing Blackness (Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1993).
Angela Davis: Walls into Bridges (PBS Documentary, 30 mins. 1979).

Select ‘Signature’ Essays:
“Bamboozled: In the Mirror of Abjection” in Black American Cinema Reconsidered. Manthia Diawara ed. (New York: Routledge, “AFI Film Series” 2008).
“Spike Lee and the Fever in the Racial Jungle” in The Spike Lee Reader. Paula Massood ed. (Temple University Press, 2008).
“Black Violence as Cinema: From Cheap Thrills to Historical Agonies” in Violence and American Cinema. J. David Slocum ed. (New York: Routledge, “AFI Film Series” 2001).
“Black Stars in Exile: Paul Robeson, O.J. Simpson, and Othello” in Paul Robeson: Artist and Citizen. Jeffrey C. Stewart ed. (New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 1998).
"Circus of Dreams & Lies: The Black Film Wave at Middle Age" in The New American Cinema. Jon Lewis ed., (Durham, Duke University Press 1998).


B.A., San Francisco State
M.F.A., San Francisco Art Institute
Ph.D., California (Berkeley)

Fall 2017 Courses

CINE-UT 701 / Advanced Seminar: Black Stars
CINE-GT 1317 / Blaxploitation