BA, SUNY Buffalo
MA, SUNY Buffalo
PhD, Dept of Film and Television, University of California
Biography / Academic Interests
David A. Gerstner received his Ph.D. in the Department of Film and Television at the University of California, Los Angeles and is Professor of Cinema Studies. His research interests include the study of cultural identity in relation to aesthetics and modes of cinematic production. At the College of Staten Island, Professor Gerstner teaches such courses as Introduction to Cinema (CIN 100), Film History (CIN 220), Film Theory (CIN 210) and guides independent studies and internships. At the MA level he directs seminars in Film and Media Ideology, Media Research Methods, Studies in Authorship, and other required courses.
Scholarship / Publications
David A. Gerstner is the author of Queer Pollen: White Seduction, Black-Male Homosexuality, and the Cinematic (New Black Studies Series at the University of Illinois Press, 2011). His other books include, Manly Arts: Masculinity and Nation in Early American Cinema (Duke University Press, 2006); The Routledge International Encyclopedia of Queer Culture (editor, Routledge, 2006: selected as “Best of Reference 2007” by the New York Public Library); and co-editor with Janet Staiger of Authorship and Film (Routledge, 2003). His writing appears in Film Quarterly, The Stanford Humanities Review, Cine-Action, The Velvet Light Trap, Cultural Critique, and Wide Angle. His work may also be read in the following anthologies: The Sound of Musicals, The Spike Lee Reader; City that Never Sleeps; Marcel Duchamp and Eroticism; New Zealand Filmmakers; Vincente Minnelli: The Art of Entertainment; and Hetero.