Cortland Rankin

Courses Taught at BGSU:

  • THFM 1610 Introduction to Film 
  • THFM 2620 History of Film 
  • THFM 2900 Studies in Film: War Film 
  • THFM 2900 Studies in Film: American Film Comedy 
  • THFM 3810 Film and Society: Comedy and American Society 
  • THFM 4850 Topics in Film: Cities and Cinema 

Dr. Rankin has taught Film Studies in the Department of Theatre and Film since 2019. He is a scholar of 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 areas of scholarly expertise include war cinema and media and the relationship between cinema and urbanism.   

He is the author of the book Decline and Reimagination in Cinematic New York (Routledge, 2023), which examines cinematic representations of New York from the mid-1960s through the mid-1980s across mainstream, independent, documentary, and experimental films. Other published, forthcoming, and accepted articles, book chapters, and reports include: 

Dr. Rankin serves on the editorial board of the journal Mediapolis – A Journal of Cities and Culture and is a co-chair of the War and Media Studies Scholarly Interest Group at the Society for Cinema and Media Studies.  

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)  

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

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

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