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North Carolina State University
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American Film History, Hollywood Studio System, War Movies, Documentaries, Women Filmmakers, Educational Film, Nontheatrical Film
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About Me

Dr. Marsha Gordon is Professor of Film Studies at North Carolina State University.  She is the author of Film is Like a Battleground: Sam Fuller’s War Movies and Hollywood Ambitions: Celebrity in the Movie Age. She is also the co-editor of Learning with the Lights Off: A Reader in Educational Film and the former editor of The Moving Image journal.

Her latest collection of essays, about non-theatrical film and race, co-edited with Dr. Allyson Nadia Field, will be published by Duke University Press in 2019. Marsha just completed her first documentary, Rendered Small.

She has a monthly radio show, “Movies on the Radio,” on WUNC’s “The State of Things“. You can search for “The State of Things” on Apple Podcasts, or listen through podcast apps like Stitcher or the NPR One app. Search on any podcast platform for “The State of Things” and then “Movies on the Radio.”

Recent Publications


1) Film is Like a Battleground: Sam Fuller’s War Movies.  Oxford University Press, 2017.

2) Learning with the Lights Off: Educational Film in the United States. Co-edited with Dan Streible and Devin Orgeron.  Oxford University Press, 2012.


“#MeToo on the 1930s silver screen.” The Conversation, March 3, 2018.

“Is it Time For a 21-st Century Version of The Day After?”  The Conversation, January 24, 2018.

“3mm, the Smallest Gauge.” Co-authored with Dino Everett (USC). The Moving Image, 16.2 (fall 2016): 1-20.

“The Other Side of the Tracks: Nontheatrical Film History, Pre-Rebellion Watts, and Felicia.” Co-written with Allyson Nadia Field (U Chicago). Cinema Journal, 55.2 (February 2016): 1-24.

“Lenticular Spectacles: Kodacolor’s Fit in the Amateur Arsenal.” Film History. Vol. 25.4 (winter 2013): 36-61.

Media Coverage
Country Focus
United States
Expertise by Geography
United States
Expertise by Chronology
20th century
Expertise by Topic
Gender, Women, World War II