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Michael DeAngelis

​​Michael DAngelis has a wide variety of interests in film and cultural studies. Much of his work has focused on stardom and popular cultural manifestations of queerness in cinema, including his book, Gay Fandom and Crossover Stardom: James Dean, Mel Gibson, and Keanu Reeves (Duke University Press, 2001), and pieces on Todd Haynes, Robert  Stigwood, Johnny Depp, Russell Crowe, and Tom Cruise. He also does research in the areas of film exhibition history, melodrama, film authorship, heritage cinema, theme parks, and roller coasters.

DeAngelis's work has been published in such journals as Camera Obscura, Cultural Critique, Film Criticism, Literature/Film Quarterly, The Velvet Light Trap, and Spectator. Michael has also contributed pieces to anthologies including Star Decades: American Culture/American Cinema, Hetero: Queering Representations of Straightness, Auteurs and Authorship: A Film Reader, American Cinema of he 1970s: Themes and Variations, American Cinema in the 1950s: Themes and Variations, New Queer Cinema: A Critical Reader, and Ladies and Gentlemen, Boys and Girls: Gender at the End of the Century.

At DePaul, DeAngelis has taught courses in film history, film analysis, melodrama, the horror film, male sexualities in American cinema, queerness in media culture, melodrama, film exhibition history, Asian cinema, and European art cinema. He has developed a comparative international cinema course focusing upon countries that have experienced longstanding political oppression that has resulted in the censorship of media industries.

DePaul has given him many opportunities to teach abroad, first in Hong Kong (where he developed a course comparing Hollywood and Hong Kong action cinemas), and later in Bangkok. In the fall of 2009, he served as field director for DePaul’s Rome Study Away Program, for which he developed a course entitled “Made in Rome: Italian Cinema on City Streets and Studio Lots.” He directed a new Rome Film Studies program that commenced in the summer of 2011 and will be held again in the summer of 2012.

Michael received BA and MA degrees in English and Comparative Literature from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and in 1997 he earned his PhD in Radio-Television-Film from the University of Texas at Austin.​

Michael has a passion for theme parks, and he visits Great America, Cedar Point, and Disneyland whenever he gets the chance. He is also a devoted fan of General Hospital.​​​

Courses Taught
  • MCS 273 Storytelling and Style in Cinema
  • MCS 348 Topics in Film Genre: Bromance
  • MCS 349 Topics in Film Studies: The Sexual Revolution: Hollywood in the 1960s
  • MCS 504 Historiography and Research