Wheeler Winston Dixon

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Ryan Professor of Film Studies and Coordinator of Film Studies


B.A. (1972), Livingston College-New Brunswick

M.A., Rutgers University-New Brunswick

M.Phil. (1980), Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Ph.D. (1982), Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Areas of Specialty

Film History

Film Theory

Film Criticism

Courses Regularly Taught

Series Editor, Quick Takes: Movies and Popular Culture. Rutgers University Press, 2015–Present.

Series Editor, New Perspectives on World Cinema. Anthem Press, London, 2009–2017.

Co-Editor in Chief, Quarterly Review of Film and Video, 1999–2015.

Personal Teaching Statement

My interests include film history, theory and criticism, with an emphasis on the recovery of historically neglected texts. I'm also an active critic, writer, and editor.


Synthetic Cinema: The 21st Century Movie Machine (Palgrave Macmillan, 2019).

A Short History of Film, Third Edition by Wheeler Winston Dixon and Gwendolyn Audrey Foster. Rutgers University Press, 2018. 465 pages.

The Films of Terence Fisher: Hammer Horror and Beyond. Auteur / Columbia University Press, 2017.

A Brief History of Comic Book Movies (co-authored with Richard Graham). Palgrave Macmillan, 2017.

Hollywood in Crisis or: The Collapse of the Real. Palgrave Macmillan, 2016.

Black & White Cinema: A Short History. Rutgers University Press and I.B. Tauris, 2015.

Dark Humor in Films of the 1960s. Palgrave Macmillan, 2015.

Streaming: Movies, Media and Instant Access. University Press of Kentucky, 2013.

Death of the Moguls: The End of Classical Hollywood. Rutgers University Press, 2012.

21st-Century Hollywood: Movies in the Era of Transformation by Wheeler Winston Dixon and Gwendolyn Audrey Foster. Rutgers University Press, 2011.

A History of Horror. Rutgers University Press, 2010.

Film Noir and The Cinema of Paranoia. Edinburgh University Press / Rutgers University Press, 2009.

Film Talk: Directors at Work. Rutgers University Press, 2007. 218 pages.

Visions of Paradise: Images of Eden in the Cinema. Rutgers University Press, 2006. 220 pages.

American Cinema of the 1940s: Themes and Variations, a volume in the series American Decades, American Culture.

Lost in the Fifties: Recovering Phantom Hollywood. Southern Illinois University Press, 2005. 209 pages.

Film and Television After 9/11. Southern Illinois University Press, 2004. 262 pages. Selected as one of the Outstanding Titles in the Performing Arts for 2004 by Choice.

Visions of the Apocalypse: spectacles of Destruction in American Cinema. Wallflower Press, 2003. 168 pages.

Experimental Cinema: The Film Reader, co-edited by Gwendolyn Audrey Foster and Wheeler Winston Dixon. Routledge, 2002.

Research Awards

University Outstanding Research and Creative Achievement Award, 2006.

College Outstanding Research and Creative Achievement Award, 2003.

Teaching Awards

College of Arts and Sciences Award for Distinguished Teaching; 1993.