The winning and losing of hearts and minds: Vietnam, Iraq, and the claims of the war documentary

Tony Grajeda

Tony Grajeda received his Ph.D. in the Modern Studies concentration of the Department of English, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, before taking a position as assistant professor of cultural studies in the Department of English, University of Central Florida. His current teaching responsibilities include critical theory and cultural studies courses for the English Department, media history and theory for the Department’s Ph.D. program in Texts and Technology, and thematic composition courses for the Honors College, the most recent of which have been “War on Film and American Culture” and “American Culture After 9/11.”

His recently published article “Picturing Torture: Gulf Wars Past and Present,” in Andrew Martin and Patrice Petro, eds., Rethinking Global Security: Media, Popular Culture, and the “War on Terror” (Rutgers UP, 2006), analyzes the representation of torture in the films Three Kings and The Battle of Algiers and in the photographs from Abu Ghraib. He has also collaborated with Jay Beck to co-edit a collection of original essays on sound and cinema called Lowering the Boom: New Essays on the Theory and History of Film Sound (University of Illinois Press, forthcoming).

His faculty webpage can be found at: www.english.ucf.edu/view_faculty.php?id=76. Email him directly at: agrajeda@pegasus.cc.ucf.edu