R. Colin Tait

Assistant Professor
Film, Television and Digital Media

r.c.tait@tcu.edu | 817-257-6545

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Ph.D., Media Studies, The University of Texas at Austin
M.A., Film Studies, The University of British Columbia
B.A., Cinema Studies, The University of Toronto

Courses Taught

FTDM 10123 – History of Film
FTDM 10143 – Intro Film/TV Aesthetics
FTDM 30103 – Media Analysis
FTDM 40643 – Media & Popular Culture – Walt Disney’s World
FTDM 30663 – Film in a Global Society
FTDM 10113 – History Broadcasting
FTDM 40440 – Topics in Film – Indie Cinema
FTDM 30593 – Television Culture and Society – “It’s Not TV, It’s HBO”

Areas of Focus

Steven Soderbergh, Robert De Niro American independent cinema. Film and television genres. Film and television authorship. Acting and performance. Cultural studies. Masculinity in film and television. 1970s and 1990s cinema and television.

  • The Cinema of Steven Soderbergh: Indie Sex, Corporate Lies and Digital Videotape.
  • “Robert De Niro’s Method: Acting, Authorship and Agency in the New Hollywood.
  • “Shakespeare, Villainy and Performance: Kevin Spacey in House of Cards” Book Chapter for publication within edited collection entitled: “Bad Men and Damaged Women: Gender, Violence and 21st Century Television.
  • The Simpsons as a Blockbuster Transmedia Franchise.” The Projector: A Journal on Film, Media, and Culture.
  • “The Screwball Bromance: Regression, Bisexuality and Reconfigured Masculinity in Step Brothers.” The Journal of Men’s Studies.
  • Absurd Masculinity: Will Ferrell’s Time-Bending Comic Persona. The Communication Review.
  • “When Marty Met Bobby: Collaborative Authorship in Mean Streets and Taxi Driver.” In A Companion to Martin Scorsese.
  • “Robert De Niro’s Raging Bull: A History of a Performance and a Performance of History.” The Canadian Journal of Film Studies.
  • Assistant Instructor, University of Texas at Austin
  • Lecturer, The University of British Columbia
  • TCU, Junior Faculty Summer Research Program (2015 & 2016)
  • TCU, Research and Creative Activities Fund
  • UT Austin, University Continuing Fellowship
  • UT Austin, Harry Ransom Center Dissertation Fellowship
  • UT Austin, David Bruton Jr. Graduate School Fellowship
  • Good Neighbor Scholarship
  • University of British Columbia, Canadian Social Sciences and Humanities Council Grant
  • University of British Columbia, Graduate Entrance Scholarship