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Jonathan Cannon, PhD student in Screen Studies

Washington, D.C., September 2017

Address: Morrill 401
E-mail: jonathan.cannon@okstate.edu

MA in Film Studies, The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada 
BA in Film Studies, The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Areas of Interest & Expertise

  • Early Hollywood
  • Silent Film
  • Early Cinema
  • Star & celebrity studies
  • Race, ethnicity, and multiculturalism
  • Gender studies
  • Visual and cultural rhetoric
  • Memorial culture in the United States
  • The western genre, westward expansion, and theories of "The West"
  • U.S. history, particularly from 1865 to the present

Exam Areas

  • Production & Industrial History
  • Film & Media Theory
  • Star & Celebrity Studies

 Courses Taught

  • ENGL 2453: Introduction to Film and Television


  • Book review of The Terministic Screen: Rhetorical Perspectives on Film (Ed. David Blakesley). KB Journal (The Journal of the Kenneth Burke Society) 11.2 (Spring 2016)
  • Editor-in-Chief, Cinephile (UBC Film Studies Journal), Vol. 7, Issue 1, "Reassessing Anime" (2011)
  • Editorial Board Member, Cinephile, Vol. 8, Issue 1, "The Voice-Over" (2012); Vol. 7, Issue 2, "Contemporary Realism" (2011/12); and Vol. 6, Issue 2, "Horror Ad Nauseam" (2010)

Conference Presentations

  • "The Tom Mix Museum: Archiving Stardom in Small-Town Oklahoma." Society for Cinema and Media Studies. Toronto, Canada. March 2018. (accepted)
  • "The President William Howard Taft Monument at Arlington National Cemetery: (Re)visiting James Earle Fraser's Commemorative Stele." Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association. Indianapolis, IN. March 2018. (accepted)
  • "Sitcom Celebrity." "What about TV acting?" Roundtable Speaker. Flow. Austin, Texas. Sept. 2016.
  • "The Big Lebowski and the Intinerantetual Cult Film." PCA/ACA. Chicago, IL. Spring 2014.
  • "Touristic Deathgazing: Dark Fan Tourism, Memorial Culture, and Mobile Posthumous Celebrity Worship." SCMS. Seattle, WA. Spring 2014.
  • Rocky Horror Redux: Subcultural Liveness and The Performative Pilgrim.” Film Studies Association of Canada (FSAC) Graduate Student Colloquium. The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC. Winter 2012.

Professional Appointments

  • Research & Professional Development Liaison, OSU Writing Center (Spring 2017-present)
  • Supervisor, OSU Writing Center West (Agriculture Hall), Fall 2016-Fall 2017
  • Film Director/Videographer, OSU Writing Center Promotional Videos for Website, Summer 2016
  • Consultant, OSU Writing Center, Fall 2013-present
  • Co-leader, "Feminism in the Writing Center" Inquiry Group, OSU Writing Center, Spring 2017
  • Co-leader, "Gender Studies" Inquiry Group, OSU Writing Center, Fall 2017
  • Leader, "(Inter)national Identity" Inquiry Group, OSU Writing Center, Spring 2018
  • Reader, The Library of Congress (Washington, D.C.), Sept. 2017-Sept. 2019

Awards and Recognition

  • Houston-Truax-Wentz Travel Award (Oct. 2017)
  • Oklahoma State University Graduate College Fellowship (Sept. 2013)

Professional Memberships

  • Domitor
  • The Society of Media and Cinema Studies
  • Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association

Current Research/Articles in Progress

I am currently writing a dissertation on ethnic male stardom in early Hollywood using a combination of archival research, theory, and textual analysis to retell the history of how ethnic male stars became part of and successful figures within the growing star system of early Hollywood. The project reexamines the emergence and commercialization of the ethnic male star by way of a comparative approach to the cultural diversity of the star system.

I have recently submitted an article to be reviewed for possible publication on the relationship between gesture and attitude regarding the visual rhetoric and performative aesthetics of black male celebrity.

I hope to further my research projects on The Tom Mix Museum (Dewey, OK) and the President William Howard Taft Monument at Arlington National Cemetery (Arlington, VA) with future archival and ethnographic studies.

My continued role as Reader at The Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. will also grant me the opportunity to enrich my understanding of film history and American culture through exclusive access to primary documents as well as discussions with an array of experts.

Why OSU?

OSU's program in screen studies champions interdisciplinary approaches to research on film, television, and new media. I am continually impressed by the excellent instruction, guidance, and expertise of the faculty.