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Blair Davis

​​​​​Blair Davis received his PhD from the Department of Communication Studies at McGill University in 2007, and received his MA in Communication and BA in English from Simon Fraser University. He previously taught film and media studies at both SFU and the University of New Brunswick before joining DePaul.

His specific teaching and research interests include: classical Hollywood cinema; B-movies; economic contexts of cinema; the intersections of film and television with other media industries; film genre studies (especially horror, film noir and science-fiction); comic books; media ecology; African American cinema; hip-hop culture.

Davis is the author of The Battle for the Bs: 1950s Hollywood and the Rebirth of Low-Budget Cinema​ (Rutgers University Press, 2012), and his essays appear in such journals as the Historical Journal of Film Radio and Television and the Canadian Journal of Film Studies. He also has essays in such anthologies as American Horror Film: The Genre at the Turn of the Millennium (University Press of Mississippi, 2010), Caligari’s Heirs: The German Cinema of Fear After 1945 (Scarecrow, 2007), Reel Food: Essays on Film and Food (Routledge, 2004), and Horror Film: Creating and Marketing Fear (University Press of Mississippi, 2004).

Outside of the classroom, he enjoys archery, hiking, walking his dog (who he named after his favorite director, Orson Welles), family outings exploring the city and its incredible food, watching NHL hockey and Australian Rules football, along with a steady diet of comic books and rap music. He also shamelessly enjoys The Young and the Restless.

Selected Publications

  • Movie Comics: Page to Screen, Screen to Page. (Forthcoming, Rutgers University Press)
  • Rashomon Effects: Kurosawa, Rashomon and Their Legacies. Eds. Blair Davis, Robert Anderson, Jan Walls (Routledge, 2016)
  • The Battle for the Bs: 1950s Hollywood and the Rebirth of Low-Budget Cinema (Rutgers University Press, 2012)
Book Chapters
  • “Silver Tiaras, Removable Afros and the Visual Design of Black Comic Book Superheroes,” The Blacker the Ink: Constructions of Blackness in Comics and Sequential Art. Eds. John Jennings & Francis Gateward, (Rutgers University Press, 2015.)
  • “Of Apes and Men (And Monsters and Girls): The Ape Film and 1940s Horror Cinema,” Recovering 1940s Horror Cinema: Traces of a Lost Decade, Eds. Mario DeGiglio-Bellemare, Charlie EllBé and Kristopher Woofter, (Lexington Books, 2014, pp. 275-294.)
Journal Articles
“Singing Sci-Fi Cowboys: Gene Autry and Genre Amalgamation in The Phantom Empire (1935)”, Historical Journal of Film Radio and Television, Vol. 33, No. 4, November 2013, pp. 552-575.