216D Allen Hall
My primary research is in the history of the adult film industry as it transitioned from celluloid to videotape in the late 1970s. I examine that history from a variety of perspectives that seek to understand the regulatory impulses – both internally within the industry and externally within culture — that determine how and under what circumstances audiences discover and consume pornography.
I am also interested in censorship, media regulation, copyright law, and film and media history.
Recent Citations — Publications — Professional Work
Forthcoming: “Mediating the Back Room: Adult Video News and the Creation of Adult Video,” in From Porno Chic to the Sex Wars: The Destabilization of American Culture and Politics in the 1970s. Whitney Strub and Carolyn Bronstein, eds. Amherst, MA: University of Massachusetts Press, 2015.
“Ephemerata: Ginger’s Private Party Flyer (circa 1985),” Film History 26.3, 2014: 144-155.
“The Necessary Future of Adult Industry Studies,” Creative Industries Journal 7.1 (2014), 62-66.
“They Can’t Do This to Us!: Alan Alda as (Anti)Feminist Signifier,” Camera Obscura 78 (26.3), 2011:
“The (In)Visible People in the Room: Men in Women’s Studies.” Men and Masculinities 14.2 (June 2011): 210-229.
“The Past is All Used Up: Orson Welles, Touch of Evil, and Erasure.” Screening the Past 27 (May
“Male Masculinity as the Celebration of Failure: The Frat Pack, Women, and the Trauma of
Victimization in the ‘Dude Flick.’” Mediascape, UCLA (Spring 2008).
J 201 “Media & Society”
J 412 “Understanding Disney”
J 496 “Copyright and Media”