Dr. Lorrie Palmer

Assistant Professor

 Dr. Lorrie Palmer

Contact Information

Stephens Annex 125


Indiana University (Ph.D.)
University of Miami (MA)
University of Missouri (BA)

Areas of Expertise

Film history, film and TV genres (action, sci-fi, horror), race and gender in media, digital aesthetics, city space in screen cultures


After an earlier incarnation as a musician in London, Lorrie Palmer returned to academia in 2004 for her graduate education and joins EMF in the fall of 2015. She has taught courses in film history, the action genre, race/gender/sexuality in film and media, film/media criticism and theory, and film culture (at Lynn University, Indiana University, and DePauw University). Her first book, "Accelerated Cinema: Masculinity, Technology, and City Space in the Action Genre," will examine the historical, technological, and cultural aspects of the ways in which this highly gendered cinema is spatially enacted on and offscreen. Lorrie has published journal articles and book chapters on silent film actor, Harold Lloyd, on the crossover stardom of Will Smith, on the digital hypermediation and hypermasculinity in the "Crank" film series, on the history of female heroism and science fiction in the "Terminator" franchise, on race and public housing in the British SF/comedy "Attack the Block," on the queered heterosexuality in career girl films of the 1950s-60s, and on the link from classic Hollywood genres (the road movie and the Western) to the rural masculinity in the CW's long-running series, "Supernatural." In her teaching, research, and conference presentations, Lorrie seeks out the relationship in narrative, aesthetics, and production contexts as they make shared meaning across both the historical film/media text and contemporary popular culture.