Dr. David Church is a film and media scholar whose work focuses on the historical and contemporary circulation of culturally disreputable genres (e.g., exploitation, horror, and adult films). His research agenda explores how filmmakers, media industries, and fan cultures revalue and make contemporary use of the pastness and materiality associated with genres that, whether through aesthetic shortcomings or outdated politics, have otherwise seemed destined for the dustbin of history.

Research Interests

  • film genres; fan studies and taste cultures; porn studies; queer cinema; U.S. and European film and media history; media industry studies; home video and platform studies; disability in cinema; cultural memory and media

Lecturer, Comparative Cultural Studies, College of Arts and Letters, Northern Arizona University

Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Gender Studies, College of Arts and Sciences, Indiana University Bloomington

Humanities, Religious Studies
PhD, Indiana University, Communication and Culture, 2014
MA, San Francisco State University, Cinema Studies, 2008
BA, Western Washington University, English, 2005