Dr. Michael D. Dwyer
Assistant Professor of Communications
Michael D. Dwyer is Assistant Professor of Media and Communication, specializing in media studies, cultural studies, American film and popular music. He teaches courses in media studies, media industries, Hollywood film, research and writing for new media, pop music, representations of race/gender/class/sexuality in popular culture, and critical theory. He also serves as the administrator for the student-run publication Loco Mag.
Professor Dwyer's scholarship primarily centers on the relationship between popular media, history, and cultural memory. . His first book, Back to the Fifties, examines the diverse and competing uses of 1950s nostalgia in Hollywood film and pop music from 1973-1988 in the United States. The book is slated to be published by Oxford University Press in 2015. Elsewhere, Professor Dwyer has published and presented work on fandom and participatory culture, urban space in the films of Alfred Hitchcock, the video art of Sadie Benning, riot grrrl, the function of allusion in music videos on MTV, and media studies pedagogy.
Outside the classroom Professor Dwyer fosters a deep and abiding love for American soccer, DIY music and culture, neighborhood bakeries, bad karaoke, old movie theaters, Pittsburgh, Moby Dick, Native Son, Stuart Hall, Richard Dyer, and the Internet. He also serves on the IT Committee for the Society of Cinema and Media Studies, helping to design a mobile conference app. You can learn more about him at his website, follow him @popthought on Twitter, and read outtakes from his book on Tumblr (the-re-decade).
- B.A. English, University of Miami 2002
- M.A. Literary and Cultural Studies, Carnegie Mellon University, 2003
- Ph.D. English, Syracuse University, 2010
Courses Taught at Arcadia
- Introduction to Media Studies
- Writing and Communications
- Media Studies
- Media Practicum
- Introduction to Film
- Americans in Paris (co-leader)
- Sound Tracks through Media Culture
- “Michael Jackson and the Legacy of 'Real Showmen.'” That's Entertainment: Valedictory Symposium for Steven Cohan. March 6-7, 2014. Syracuse, NY
- “The Meaning of the Word 'Neighbor' in Rear Window.” Society of Cinema and Media Studies, March 6-10, 2013. Chicago, IL.
- “Blue Velvet through my Ears.” Society of Cinema and Media Studies. March 21-25, 2012. Boston, MA.
- "The Same Old Songs? Inventing Oldies in 1980s Cinema." Society of Cinema and Media Studies. March 8-12, 2011. New Orleans, LA.
- "Back in Time: Pastiching the Fifties." Society of Cinema and Media Studies. Tokyo, Japan. May 21-24, 2009. (Conference rescheduled to March 2010, Los Angeles, CA.)
- "Back to the Fifties: Ronald Reagan and Marty McFly." Popular Culture Association/ American Culture Association. San Francisco, CA. March 18-22, 2008.
- Panel Respondent. "Embodying Difference/ Representing Identity." Regional LGBT/Queer Studies Conference. Syracuse University, November 3, 2007.
- "Alfred Hitchcock and a Cultural Geography of Greenwich Village." Albany-Syracuse Americanist Exchange. Albany, NY, April 13, 2007.
- "It Was Something: The DIY Body Politics of Kathleen Hanna and Sadie Benning." Midwest Modern Language Association, Chicago IL. November 10-12, 2006.
- "Radical Cheerleading and the Aesthetics of Political Demonstration after Seattle." University of Albany Graduate Conference in the Humanities. Albany, NY. April 22-23, 2006.
- "It Takes the Village: The Urban Space Outside Hitchcock's Rear Window." SW/TX Popular Culture Association / American Culture Association. Albuquerque, NM. Feb 8-11, 2006.
- "A pure object, a spectacle, a clown…" CultureBot. January 10, 2013.
- “Raphael Saadiq’s Soul Memory.” In Media Res. August 30, 2012.
- "Fixing the Fifties in the Reagan Era." The 1980s: A Transitional Decade. Duncan Campbell and Kimberly R. Moffitt, eds. Latham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield / Lexington Books. 2010 (Forthcoming).
- "It Was Something: Kathleen Hanna, Sadie Benning, and the Limits of Grrrl-hood." Singing for Themselves: Essays on Women in Popular Music. Patricia Spence Rudden, ed. Newcastle-upon-Tyne (UK): Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2007.