Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies
431 Hall of Languages
American Monster Movies (ENG-119)
Interpretation of Film (ENG 154)
American Cinema: From Beginnings to Present (ENG 170)
Film Noir/Noir Cultures (ENG 340)
The Hollywood Star System (ENG 420)
Screen Performance (ENG-730)
I received my Ph.D. from the Film and Media Studies program at Indiana University Bloomington before joining the Syracuse University faculty in 2015. As associate professor in the Department of English, I teach in the Film and Screen Studies track and serve on the advising faculty for the Goldring Arts Journalism and Communications program.
My teaching and publications focus on popular narrative cinema from the U.S., often with particular attention to Hollywood stars, styles, genres, and production trends between the 1930s and 1960s, or the “classical” studio period. One of my central research questions asks, what can iconic or legendary figures in U.S. film history tell us about the cultural contexts in which they were made legible? For example, my monograph Gene Tierney: Star of Hollywood’s Home Front (Wayne State University Press, 2022) is about the actress most famous for playing the title character in the classic film noir Laura (1944), who rose to the ranks of Twentieth Century-Fox's major stars during World War II and the immediate postwar years -- Fox's head of production Darryl F. Zanuck proclaimed her as "the most beautiful woman in movie history" -- before leaving Hollywood to undergo psychiatric treatment in the 1950s. Other books have come out of my secondary interest in serial television. With Julie Grossman, I co-wrote the “TV Milestones” volume Twin Peaks (Wayne State University Press, 2020) and co-edited the collection Penny Dreadful and Adaptation (Palgrave Macmillan, 2023). I am also a staff writer for Film Obsessive.
Currently, I am beginning a new book titled Monsters in the Movie Lab: Horror, Seriality, and Universal Pictures. For this project, I am researching the formation of what would become known as the "Universal Classic Monsters" (Dracula, Frankenstein's Monster, The Wolf Man, etc.), from a brand identity in the studio system based in genre and stardom, to a fan phenomenon in the era of television and home video, to a contemporary entertainment franchise.
Penny Dreadful and Adaptation: Reanimating and Transforming the Monster, edited by Julie Grossman and Will Scheibel, Palgrave Macmillan; 1st ed. 2022 edition (December 1, 2022), ISBN-13: 978-3031121791
Gene Tierney: Star of Hollywood's Home Front
Gene Tierney: Star of Hollywood's Home Front by Will Scheibel, Wayne State University Press (September 12, 2022), 276pp., ISBN-13: 978-0814348208
Twin Peaks, by Julie Grossman and Will Scheibel, Wayne State University Press, 2020, 122pp., ISBN: 9780814346235
American Stranger: Modernisms, Hollywood, and the Cinema of Nicholas Ray
American Stranger: Modernisms, Hollywood, and the Cinema of Nicholas Ray, by Will Scheibel, SUNY Press (March 1, 2017), 258pp., ISBN-13: 978-1438464114
Lonely Places, Dangerous Ground: Nicholas Ray in American Cinema
Lonely Places, Dangerous Ground: Nicholas Ray in American Cinema, edited by S. Rybin and Will Scheibel, SUNY Press; Reprint edition (January 2, 2015), 314pp., ISBN-13: 978-1438449807
Popular narrative cinema from the United States; acting and stardom; director styles and
reputations; gender studies; genres and modes of screen media (film noir, horror,
melodrama); modernism, modernity, and mass culture; serial television