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.
His specific teaching and research interests include: Classical Hollywood cinema; comics studies; B-movies; economic contexts of cinema; the intersections of film and television with other media industries; film genre studies (especially horror/science-fiction); media ecology; African American cinema. In 2017, he was awarded DePaul University's Spirit of Inquiry award for excellence in research.
Davis is the author of The Battle for the Bs: 1950s Hollywood and the Rebirth of Low-Budget Cinema
(Rutgers University Press, 2012), Movie Comics: Page to Screen/Screen to Page
(Rutgers University Press, 2017) and Comic Book Movies
(Rutgers University Press, 2018). His work appears in such journals as Cinema Journal
, Historical Journal of Film Radio and Television
, Canadian Journal of Film Studies
and Inks: The Journal of the Comics Studies Society
, as well as in the anthologies Working Class Comic Book Heroes
(University Press of Mississippi, 2018), The Blacker the Ink: Constructions of Black Identity in Comics and Sequential Art
(Rutgers University Press, 2015), Recovering 1940s Horror Cinema: Traces of a Lost Decade
(Lexington, 2014), 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).
He appeared on two episodes of James Cameron's Story of Science Fiction (AMC, 2018), and has been interviewed by such media outlets as The Chicago Tribune, ABC-7, CBC Radio, Reel Chicago and Voice of America. Outside of the classroom, he enjoys archery, 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.
- “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.)