Cortland Rankin

Courses Taught at BGSU:

·       THFM 2620: History of Film

·       THFM 2900: American Film Comedy

Dr. Rankin teaches Film Studies in the Department of Theatre and Film. He is interested in postwar American cinema and has taught courses on American Independent Cinema, Film Comedy, Film Noir, and Westerns that center on the intersection of film history and 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 architecture and war cinema and media.

Dr. Rankin is currently working on a monograph on representations of urban decline and renewal in New York City films of the 1960s, 70s, and 80s. His publications include “Painting the Town Green: From Urban Teleology to Urban Ecology in 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 entitled Voice and Visibility: How New York City Filmmakers Changed the Narrative of Marginalized Groups on and Off Camera (2018) commissioned by the New York City Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment. Dr. Rankin is also developing projects on online war memorials and the role of film and television in shaping American cultural memories of the Korean War. His two chapters on Korean War and Iraq War films as war memorials will be included in the upcoming anthology, Hollywood R*A*W: Remembrance and American War edited by Andrew Rayment and Paul Nadasdy.

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)