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Syracuse University, College of Arts and Sciences

Will Scheibel

Scheibel portrait

Associate Professor


431 Hall of Languages



I received my Ph.D. in film and media studies from Indiana University Bloomington, and I have taught at Syracuse University since the fall of 2015. As an associate professor in the Department of English, I am a member of the Film & Screen Studies faculty and also serve as an advising faculty member for the Goldring Arts Journalism Program in the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications.

My research generally concerns the history and interpretation of studio-era Hollywood cinema, a period that falls between the late 1920s and the early 1960s. The more particular interests of my work lie in artistic practice, persona, and celebrity as interfaces between what has been called “classical” Hollywood and the culture of modernity in the middle of the twentieth-century. Currently, I am writing a book about actress Gene Tierney. Promoted as “the most beautiful woman in movie history,” Tierney starred in films such as Laura (1944), Leave Her to Heaven (1945), and The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (1947), and later became one of the first major stars who publicly underwent treatment for mental illness. This project examines her making, unmaking, and remaking at Twentieth Century-Fox during World War II and the years that immediately followed, seeking to understand an alternative history of war effort and postwar trauma that defined and regulated her image across a series of different roles: pin-up girl, working woman, domestic Army wife, mother, female psychiatric subject, and comeback star.


Research and Teaching Interests

Film history and criticism; film and media theory; Hollywood cinema from the studio and postwar eras; genres and aesthetics; star/performance studies; director studies; identity, difference, and representation; American modernism, modernity, and mass culture.

Recent Courses

Undergraduate Courses
Interpretation of Film (ENG 154)
American Cinema: From Beginnings to Present (ENG 170)
Hollywood Directors of the 1950s (ENG 320)
Film Noir/Noir Cultures (ENG 340)
The Hollywood Star System (ENG 420)
Latinos in Cinema (ENG 450)

Graduate Courses
Classical Hollywood Cinema (ENG 630)
American Film Melodrama (ENG 730)

Project Advance
So Old, It’s New: Mediating Classical Hollywood Through Contemporary Popular Culture