Dr. Michael Duffy


Dr. Michael Duffy

Contact Info

Media Center 105


University of Nottingham (Ph.D.)
New York University (MA)
Towson University (BS)

Areas of Expertise

Film and media history, genre, aesthetics, East Asian cinemas, special effects history/theory


Michael Duffy joined the EMF department in 2010, and regularly teaches Introduction to Electronic Media and Film, History of Film, and EMF's Freshman Seminar on media depictions of Dracula and vampires. He has also taught courses on "Superhero Films", the "James Bond" series, Women & Gender, Chinese-Hong Kong-Taiwanese cinemas, Post-War Japanese film, and a course on Special Effects History & Theory, which inspired research leading to his first co-edited book, "Special Effects: New Histories, Theories, Contexts" (with Dan North and Bob Rehak, Palgrave MacMillan/BFI, 2015). Michael has published numerous essays and presents regularly at international conferences; his other teaching/research interests include Orson Welles, South Korean film, and Australia and New Zealand cinemas. He completed his Ph.D. thesis at The University of Nottingham; entitled "Becoming Regionally Digital", it explored the changing industrial, technological, and aesthetic dynamics in regional cinemas as filmmakers and effects companies transitioned to digital technology. Michael has worked for the Maryland and Sarasota film festivals and in marketing/promotion for Buena Vista Pictures/Walt Disney Company and Allied Integrated Marketing. In 2013, Michael began hosting the EMF Fall Film Series (originated by Greg Faller), bridging faculty members across multiple disciplines, offering students and the general public unique perspectives on specifically-themed films from different eras.