David Lugowski

David Lugowski

Professor of English and Film Studies, English department

Reid 408
Tue, 3-4 p.m. and 8-9 p.m., Wed by appt, Thurs after 4 p.m. and by appt only
(914) 323-5307

About Me

David Lugowski joined Manhattanville in 2000, directing Communication Studies for 12 years, getting a major accredited in 2005. As a member of the English department, he teaches courses in film history, theory and criticism; for Communication he has also taught the history of media technology and studies in minority media cultures. He has been advisor to film clubs, the Gay-Straight Alliance and the Punk Rock Appreciation Society, but many of his greatest joys have come from teaching students about films of various styles, historical periods, and cultures—from horror films to “Bollywood”—encouraging them to think more actively about the media.

Dr. Lugowski also presents his work at scholarly conferences and invited talks at colleges, libraries and popular venues, including New York City public TV. In 2008 he joined the editorial board of Cinema Journal. His areas of research include queer and feminist theory, stardom, American cinema of the Great Depression, and the representation of gender and sexuality, but he has also published in journals, anthologies and reference works on Swedish documentary, French art film, the avant-garde, Yiddish-language cinema and international filmmakers, and is completing a book on the films of James Whale for the University of California Press.

Download CV

Current Courses
Introduction to Film Studies
History of Cinema I and II
Major Film Directors
Queer Film and Media Studies
Film Theory
Topics in Regional & National Media: Scandinavia/Nordic
Topics in Regional & National Media: India
Topics in Film Genre: The Musical
Topics in Film Genre: Horror
Professional History
Teaching Assistant
NYU/Tisch School of the Arts/Cinema Studies
Adjunct lecturer
CUNY/College of Staten Island
Adjunct lecturer
Sacred Heart University
Adjunct lecturer
NYU Center for Advanced Digital Applications
Adjunct assistant professor
Columbia University
Adjunct assistant professor
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Physics, BS, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Cinema Studies, MA, New York University
Cinema Studies, Ph.D., New York University
Feature Publications

“Queering the (New) Deal,”

The Wiley-Blackwell History of American Film, Vol. II: 1929 to 1945. Cynthia Lucia, Roy Grundmann, and Art Simon, eds., 2012, pp. 269-295.

“The American Homefront Women: Claudette Colbert, Ginger Rogers and Barbara Stanwyck,”

in What Dreams Were Made Of: Movie Stars of the 1940s, ed. by Sean Griffin, New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 2011, pp. 96-119.

“Norma Shearer and Joan Crawford: Rivals at the Glamour Factory,”

in Glamour in a Golden Age: Movie Stars of the 1930s, ed. by Adrienne McLean, New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 2011, pp. 129-152.

Awards & Grants

Awarded entry into NYU’s Faculty Resource Network summer seminar, “After Women’s Studies? New Paradigms in Gender Studies”

Manhattanville College summer research grants 2004, 2013, 2014

NYU, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Nominee for Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation

Society for Cinema Studies, Student Writing Award (3rd place), “Queering the (New) Deal: Lesbian and Gay Representation and the Depression-Era Cultural Politics of Hollywood’s Production Code”