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Beth Corzo-Duchardt

Visiting Assistant Professor of Media & Communication and Film Studies at Muhlenberg College

About Me

My current scholarship focuses on the history of American media cultures and is informed by my intellectual and ethical investments in queer, feminist, and critical race theories, and critiques of American imperialism. My other scholarly and teaching interests encompass visual and material culture (with a specific focus on outdoor advertising) gender and sexuality studies, theories of media spectatorship, digital humanities, and media archaeology.

My disciplines and areas of professional expertise include…

Current work

My first book manuscript (in progress), "Primal Screen: Primitivism and American Silent Film Spectatorship," shows how late-nineteenth-century ideas about the impressionability of so-called "primitives" influenced popular thinking about the unprecedented power of cinematic technology throughout the silent era (1890s - 1927). My next book project is a media history of the emergence of outdoor advertising in North America in the late nineteenth century. My research questions are aimed at understanding the material and political consequences to public space and everyday life caused by the rapid proliferation of posters, billboards, and painted signs in this period.




  • Media, Communication, and Film Studies Programs at Liberal Arts Colleges (MCFLAC)
  • American Printing History
  • American Studies Association
  • Society for Cinema and Media Studies


  • Muhlenberg College

    • 1/2016 - Present Visiting Assistant Professor of Media & Communication and Film Studies
  • Northwestern University Library's Center for Scholarly Communication and Digital Curation

    • 9/2015 - 12/2015 Digital Scholarship Specialist
    • 6/2013 - 9/2015 Lab Aide
  • DePaul University

    • 9/2013 - 12/2015 Adjunct Instructor
  • Northwestern University School of Continuing Studies

    • 6/2013 - 8/2013 Adjunct Instructor
  • Harrington College of Design

    • 9/2013 - 5/2014 Adjunct Instructor