College of Arts & Sciences

the department of African American Studies

Michael B. Gillespie

Michael B. GillespiAssistant Professor of Film
School of Interdisciplinary Arts
School of Film
Department of African American Studies

Office: 320 Lindley Hall


Ph.D. and M.A. in Cinema Studies, New York University
B.A. in English, Morehouse College

Professor Gillespie's teaching and research includes film theory, genre studies, black visual and expressive culture, historiography, global cinemas, and adaptation theory. His teaching and research is driven by an interdisciplinary regard for the study of art and culture.


"Reckless Eyeballing: Coonskin, Film Blackness, and the Racial Grotesque," Contemporary Black American Cinema: Race, Gender and Sexuality at the Movies, ed. Mia Mask (Routledge, 2012).

"'To Do Better': Notes on the Work of Kevin Jerome Everson." Kevin Jerome Everson (Chicago: Video Data Bank, 2011).

"Do The Right Thing" Fifty Key US Films, eds. Sabine Haenni and John White (London and New York: Routledge, 2009).

"Smiling Faces: Chameleon Street, Racial Passing, and Racial Performativity." The Politics of Appearance: Racial Passing in U.S. Fiction, Memoir, Television, and Film, 1990-2010, ed. Julie Cary Nerad (Forthcoming).

"Two Nigs From West Compton: A Conversation with Kevin Jerome
Everson" Coon Bidness [The Advanced Ebonics Issue] eds. Nicole Fleetwood and Greg
Tate (Forthcoming).

"Dead Nigger Storage: Blackness, Art, and The Racial Grotesque," Post-Soul Satire: An Interdisciplinary Critical Overview, eds. Derek Maus and Jim Donahue
(University Press of Mississippi, Forthcoming).

Works In Progress
Film Blackness: American Cinema and the Idea of Black Film
Co-editor, Black Cinema Aesthetics Revisited.
Co-editor, New Chester Himes Criticism.
Co-editor, Special Issue of Callaloo: Black Diasporic Cinema

Courses Taught: Introduction to Cinema Studies, The Art of Film, Film History II, Film History III, Film Adaptations, Japanese New Wave Cinema, Critical Diasporic Cinema, Visual Historiography, Film Blackness, The Films of Spike Lee, Chester Himes and the Noir Tradition, Black Visual Culture, Noir of the 1990s, Blackness and the Arts, Hip Hop Cinema.

Conference Presentations: Society of Cinema and Media Studies, World Picture, African Literature Association, American Studies Association, The Experience Music Project Pop Conference.