David A. Gerstner

Professor, Chevalier d’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres

David A. Gerstner is Professor of Cinema Studies in the Department of Media Culture at the City University of New York’s College of Staten Island. He also serves as a member of the doctoral faculty in the CUNY Graduate Center’s Film Studies Certificate Program/Department of Theater. He has authored multiple books and articles on queer film studies and French and American Cinemas.



MAH, SUNY Buffalo

Scholarship and Publications

His works include, Queer Imaginings: On Writing and Cinematic Friendship (2023); Christophe Honoré: A Critical Introduction; Queer Pollen: White Seduction, Black Male Homosexuality, and the Cinematic; and The Routledge International Encyclopedia of Queer Culture (editor, 2006—New York Public Library “Best of Reference,” 2007). He is co-editor of, with Cáel Keegan, the book series, Queer Screens at Wayne State University Press, which include monographs on Luchino Visconti, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Barbara Hammer, Barbra Streisand, Queer Mexican Cinema, and Queer Brazilian Cinema. He completed a short film, Between Men: A Historical Fantasy, in 2021.

Video file

In 1951, Jean Genet and Francois Truffaut met in Parisien hotel. They spoke about cinema and literature. But in that moment, something more was shared: their desire…

Between Men: Act 2. A historical Fantasy. A film by David A. Gerstner. Starring Erik Endsley and Daniel Loffreda with Paula Massood and Muneeb Hassan as Abdallah.

  • Professor Gerstner was awarded the Chevalier d’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, République Française in 2023.
Professor David A. Gerstner

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