Mark Gallagher

teaches as a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Communication Department at Georgia State University, where he teaches film history, film genres, and film theory and criticism. He previously taught film and literature at Oklahoma State University and at the University of Oregon, where he completed his Ph.D. in 2000. His dissertation, “Action Figures: Spectacular Masculinity in the Contemporary Action Film and the Contemporary American Novel,” is currently under review at the University Press of Mississippi. His research interests include feminist and cultural-studies approaches to popular U.S. film, popular Hong Kong cinema, global television genres, and contemporary U.S. documentary film. His forthcoming research projects include a study of the films of Steven Soderbergh and an analysis of the history and gender construction of the psychedelic film.


“Rumble in the USA: Jackie Chan in Translation.” Film Stars: Hollywood and Beyond. Ed. Andy Willis. Manchester, UK: Manchester University Press, forthcoming.

Review of José Arroyo, ed., Action/Spectacle Cinema: A Sight and Sound Reader; and Stephen Prince, ed., Screening Violence; in Scope: An Online Journal of Film Studies, November 2001.

“I Married Rambo: Spectacle and Melodrama in the Hollywood Action Film.” Mythologies of Violence in Postmodern Media. Ed. Christopher Sharrett. Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 1999.

“Masculinity in Translation: Jackie Chan’s Transcultural Star Text.” Velvet Light Trap 39 (Spring 1997): 23-41.


“What’s So Funny about the Iron Chef?” Society For Cinema Studies Annual Conference; Denver CO, May 2002

“Lens on a Hardbody: Cult Documentary and Class Politics,” SW/Texas Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Annual Conference; Albuquerque NM, February 2002

“Men in Tights: Sport and Representation in the 2000 Olympics Telecasts,” Pacific Northwest American Studies Association Annual Conference; Lincoln City OR, April 2001

“Modernist Noir and the Hard-Boiled Hero: Masculinity in Point Blank,” Point Blank: Tough Guy Film and Culture; University of Arizona, Tucson AZ, May 2000

“ ‘The Violence of His Own Contending Passions’: Repressed and Overactive Masculinity in Ivanhoe,” International Scott Conference: Scott, Scotland, and Romanticism; University of Oregon, Eugene OR, July 1999

“I Married Rambo: Spectacular Masculinity in the Hollywood Action Film,” Articulating Conflicts in Cultural Studies: Agency, Resistance, and Social Change; University of Arizona, Tucson AZ, February 1998

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