Joan McGettigan

Associate Professor
Film, Television and Digital Media
MOUS 177F | 817-257-6690


Ph.D., Penn State

M.A., Penn State

B.A., Temple

Courses Taught

FTDM 10123 – History of Film
FTDM 30103 – Media Analysis
FTDM 30410 – Film and Television Genres
FTDM 30453—Crime Films & Society
FTDM 30463--Media Decades: 1940s Hollywood
FTDM 30483 – Media Authorship – Scorsese
FTDM 40683 – Film Theory and Criticism

Areas of Focus

Hollywood History. History of Movie Theatres and Moviegoing. Directors: Hitchcock, Malick, Scorsese. Crime Films

  1. “Days of Heaven and the Myth of the West.” Poetic Visions of America: The Cinema of Terrence Malick
  2. “Silent Blondes: The Heroines of Hitchcock’s Blackmail and The Lodger.” Interdisciplinary Humanities
  3. “Star Treatment: Turner Classic Movies’ Participatory Fans and the Redefinition of Stardom.” Mid-Atlantic Almanac
  4. “The Last Film John Dillinger Saw: Manhattan Melodrama.”
  5. “The Whole World Shares Your Heartache: This is Your Life and 1950s Stardom.” Studies in Popular Culture
  6. “Gatsby? What Gatsby?” Bright Lights Film Journal
  7. “Working for ‘the Company’: Managing Philadelphia Movie Theatres in the 1930s-1940s.” Pennsylvania History
  8. “Facing the Depression: Movie Exhibition in the Philadelphia Area, 1931.” Journal of American and Comparative Cultures
  1. Faculty leader for more than ten years in TCU’s summer Study Abroad program.
  2. Coordinator of the FTDM Department’s Film Library.
  3. Dr. McGettigan currently programs and hosts the FTDM Classic Film Series.
  1. Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association
  2. National Trust for Historic Preservation
  3. Hiway Theatre, Jenkintown PA
  4. Uptown Entertainment and Redevelopment Corporation
  5. Theatre Historical Society
  6. F. Scott Fitzgerald Society
  7. Hidden City Philadelphia
  8. Museum of Modern Art of Fort Worth