"The unconscious is not a pretty place, and movies are fantasies, and fantasies are exactly to tap into these things. That's what

movies are for. Movies are not to be nice, or to be politically correct. Movies are exactly where we go to revisit things that sometimes need revisiting on an unconscious, or semi-conscious level."

                                                                                                                     ~  Carol Clover, The American Nightmare (2000)

The Terminal."

“We Are All Living in Each Other's Paranoia: Fragmented Continuity in Sam Esmail's Mr. Robot.” SWPCA Conference ~ Albuquerque, February, 2018.

“...And She Died Happily Ever After: Fantasy and the Real in El laberinto del fauno.” The Real and the Intermedial: International Film and Media Conference in Transylvania. October, 2015. Keynote speakers: Laura Mulvey, Lúcia Nagib, and Jürgen E. Müller.

“They Have No Reason to Notice A Man Like Me: Foreignness in Steven Spielberg’s The Terminal.” Ray Brown Conference on Popular Culture. February, 2013.

“Oral History as Political Resistance: Posse and Once Upon a Time in Mexico.” NortheastPopular Culture/American Culture Association Annual Conference. October, 2008.

“The Monstrous Masculine: Abjection and Todd Solondz’s Happiness.” “Kidding Around: The Child in Film and Media,” The University of the District of Columbia Film Conference. September, 2008.

“A Violation of Balance: Post 9/11 America and Constantine.” Presenter and panel chair, Annual Conference of the National Association of Popular Culture. March, 2008.

“Images of Abjection in Palindromes & Happiness.” Annual Conference of the Southwest/Texas Association of Popular Culture. April, 2007.

“Adolescent Sexuality in the films of Todd Solondz.” Annual Graduate conference at San Francisco State University. September, 2005.




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