Keith Corson, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Film

SRH 202F

(501) 852-2376



Ph.D., Cinema Studies, New York University

M.A., Radio-TV-Film, University of Texas at Austin

B.A., Film, University of Colorado at Boulder



Trying to Get Over: African American Directors After Blaxploitation, 1977-1986.   Austin: University of Texas Press, 2016.


ReFocus: The Films of Francis Veber. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, forthcoming.


Selected Chapters and Journal Articles

“Tyler Perry, T.D. Jakes, and the Birth of Gospel Cinema.” in Karen Bowdre, TreaAndrea Russworm, and Samantha Sheppard. (eds.) From Madea to Media Mogul: Critical Perspectives on Tyler Perry. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2016.


“Little Indias: Diasporic Communities in the U.S. and the Consumption of Bollywood.” in Veena Dwivedi and Cristina M. Gamez-Fernandez. (eds.) Shaping Indian Diaspora. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2015.


“Stepping Behind the Camera: Sidney Poitier’s Directorial Career.” in Ian Gregory Strachan and Mia Mask. (eds.) Poitier Revisited: Reconsidering a Black Icon in the Obama Age. New York: Bloomsbury, 2014.


“Bringing Malcolm to the Masses: The Long Journey from Page to Screen.” Souls.  Vol. 12. No. 1.  January-March 2010.


“Beyond Les Bleus: French Basketball, American Media, and Racial Performance in les banlieues.” Black Camera. (forthcoming)


Selected Conference Papers

“The Thing with Two Heads: Blaxploitation as Genre and/or Production Cycle.” SANAS Biennial Conference: The Genres of Genre. November 2-3, 2018. Lausanne, Switzerland.


“Commodifying Resistance: Basketball, Hip-Hop, and the Selling of Black Youth Culture.” Visualizing Consumer Culture, Commodifying Visual Culture in the English-Speaking World. Université de la Sorbonne Nouvelle (Paris III) and Université Paris-Sorbonne (Paris IV). October 21-22, 2016. Paris, France.


“Tyler Perry Superstar: Brand Management and the Re-Imagining of Gospel Theatre.” Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference. March 30-April 3, 2016. Atlanta, Georgia.


“Screening Fear and Anxiety: African American Incarceration and the Dawning of the Prison-Industrial Complex.” Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference. March 25-29, 2015. Montréal, Québec.


“Post-Soul Sidney: Poitier’s Career Behind the Camera.”  Sidney Poitier International Conference & Film Festival. February 23-27, 2010.  Nassau, Bahamas.