Cortland Rankin

Courses Taught at BGSU:

  • THFM 1610: Introduction to Film
  • THFM 2620: History of Film
  • THFM 2900: American Film Comedy
  • THFM 2900: War Film
  • THFM 4850: Cities and Cinema

Dr. Rankin teaches Film Studies in the Department of Theatre and Film. He is a scholar of postwar American cinema and has taught courses on American independent film, comedy, film noir, and westerns that explore issues of genre, aesthetics, representation, and industrial practices among others, in relation to American society, politics, and culture. He has also taught courses on international city films and war cinema. Dr. Rankin’s research focuses on cinematic representations of urbanism, and war cinema and media.

His publications include "Their War, Our War: Private Memory and Public Commemoration in "Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk (2016)" and "'A Quiet Day at the Front': Realism as an Act of Memorialization in Cease Fire (1953)" in Hollywood Remembrance and American War (Andrew Rayment and Paul Nadasdy, eds., Routledge, 2020), “Painting the Town Green: From Urban Teleology to Urban Ecology New York Cinema, 1960-Present” co-authored with Brady Fletcher (NECSUS, European Journal of Media Studies, 2013) and “Spectacles of the Sacred Secular: Wim Wenders’ Cathedrals of Culture (Film Platform, 2014). He recently contributed to a report commissioned by the New York City Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment entitled Voice and Visibility: How New York City Filmmakers Changed the Narrative of Marginalized Groups On and Off Camera (2018).  Dr. Rankin is currently working on a monograph on cinematic representations of urban decline in New York City films of the 1960's, 70's, and 80's.  He is also developing projects on online war memorials and the role of film and television in shaping American cultural memories of the Korean War.

Before joining the faculty at BGSU, Dr. Rankin previously taught at NYU, The New School, Columbia University, and several colleges in the City University of New York system including Brooklyn College, the College of Staten Island, and Hunter College.


Ph.D., Cinema Studies, New York University (2016)
Dissertation: Two Tales of a City: New York’s Cinemas of Crisis and Reappropriation, 1965-85

M.Phil, Screen Media & Cultures, University of Cambridge (2008)

B.A., American Studies, Northwestern University (2007)

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