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Syracuse University, College of Arts and Sciences

Simon Staples-Vangel

Graduate Student

PhD Student



400 Hall of Languages


  • Degree: Began PhD program in 2017
  • Concentration: Film and Screen Studies
  • Advisor: Harvey Teres (Director of Graduate Studies)

Simon is a PhD student who focuses on film and media studies, with an emphasis on both genre and new media theory. He is especially interested in Cold War-era science fiction across a variety of mediums, ranging from film and television to comics, novels, and video games. He hopes to analyze not only how such texts situate themselves generically, but also how they imagine the media environments of the future. His goal is to use fun and engaging new media texts to teach the skills of critical writing and analysis.

  • Dual BA English and Textual Studies (Film and Screen Studies Track); and Television, Radio, and Film, Syracuse University