Dr. Lorrie Palmer

Associate Professor

 Dr. Lorrie Palmer

Contact Info

Media Center 202


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

Areas of Expertise

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


After an earlier incarnation as a singer-songwriter-musician in London (ah, the ‘80s), I am pleased to have found a home in the Department of Electronic Media and Film since 2015. I explore film genre (horror, noir, sci-fi, action), film history, race, gender, and technology in film and television, digital aesthetics, and cinematic urban architecture in teaching, conference presentations, research and publishing. My fifteen seconds of fame occurred when I played a pivotal role – “Third-Class Survivor” – in Titanic (1997), now archived in the wilds of YouTube as “Deleted Scene #29.” I hope this isn’t a metaphor. 


  • Film History
  • Genre Theory and Criticism: Horror Cinema
  • City Cinema: Film Noir, Romance, and Action in the Urban Environment
  • Intro to EMF: Media, Culture, and Convergence
  • Special Topics: History of Action Cinema; Contemporary Non-Fiction Cinema: Cultural & Social Impacts; Body Image through History; Principles of Film and Media Production



Home Screens: Public Housing in Global Film and Television, Editor and Author (“Introduction: Public Housing in Global Film and Television” and “Ch. 1, Uncanny Architecture: Haunted Structures in Candyman and The Pruitt-Igoe Myth”), London: Bloomsbury Academic (Nov. 2023).



  • “Market Forces: James Bond, Women of Color, and the Eastern Bazaar,” in The Cultural Life of James Bond: Specters of 007, Amsterdam University Press (2020).
  • “A Digital Nature: Lucy Takes Technology for a Ride,” in A Companion to the Action Film, Wiley-Blackwell (2019).
  • “Female Leadership, Sacrifice, and Technological Mastery on Star Trek: Voyager,” in To Boldly Go: Essays on Gender and Identity in the Star Trek Universe, McFarland & Co. (2017).
  • “The Road to Lordsburg: Rural Masculinity in Supernatural,” in TV Goes to Hell: An Unofficial Roadmap of Supernatural, ECW Press (2011).
  • “She’s Just a Girl: A Cyborg Passes in The Sarah Connor Chronicles,” in Across the Screens: Science Fiction Film, Television, and Adaptations, Routledge (2011).
  • “‘Le Western Noir’: The Punisher as Revisionist Superhero Western,” in The Amazing Transforming Superhero! Essays on the Revision of Characters in Comic Books, Film and Television, Routledge & Co. (2007).