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Dr. Carter Soles

Associate Professor
(585) 395-5825
Office: 224 LAB 

Teaching and Creative Interests: Film and Cultural Studies, Gender and Sexuality Studies, and Film Genre Studies



Ph.D., University of Oregon, 2008
M.A., University of Oregon, 2004
B.A., University of Southern California, 1993

Current and Past Positions

  • Assistant Professor of Film Studies, English Department, The College at Brockport, 2011-2015
  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Film Studies, English Dept., The College at Brockport, 2010-2011
  • Postdoctoral teaching Fellow, English Department, University of Oregon, 2008-2010


“Falling Out of the Closet: Kevin Smith, Queerness, and Independent Film”
Chair: Kathleen Rowe Karlyn, Department of English, University of Oregon
Committee: Michael Aronson, Department of English, Mary Wood, Department of English, Janet Wasko, School of Journalism and Communication, University of Oregon, Jon Lewis, Department of English, Oregon State University.


SUNY Pre-Tenure Grant Development Award, Spring 2014


"Mad Max: Beyond Petroleum?" Gender in Science Fiction Ecomedia. Ed. Christy Tidwell and Bridgitte Barclay. Lexington Books, 2018.

"The Walking Dead's Hyperreal Hillbilly: Horror, Melodrama, and Backwoods White Protagonists." Co-authored with Kom Kunyosying. Race, Gender, and Sexuality in The Walking Dead. Ed. Dawn Keetley and Elizabeth Erwin. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2018.

"'This is great, we're like slave buddies!': Cross-Racial Appropriation in 'Post-Racial' TV Comedies." Taboo Comedy: Television and Controversial Humour. Ed. Chiara Bucaria and Luca Barra. London: Palgrave, 2016.

"I Am Legend, U.S. Imperialism, and the Liminal Animality of 'The Last Man.'" Screening the Non/Human: Animal Representations in Visual Media. Ed. Joe L. Schatz and Amber George. New York: Lexington Books, 2016.

""And No Birds Sing": Discourses of Environmental Apocalypse in The Birds and Night of the  Living Dead." Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and hte Environment 21.3 (Summer 2014).

"Team Apatow and the ropes of Geek-Centered Romatic Comedy." Bright Lights Film Journal

"Sympathy for the Devil: The Cannibalistic Hillbilly in 1970s Rural Slasher Films." Ecocinema:  Theory and Practice. (Routledge, 2013)

"Postmodern Geekdom as Simulated Ethnicity." Co-authored with Kom Kumyosying. Jump Cut 54, Fall 2012 <>

"A Stalker's Odyssey: Arrested Development, Gay Desire, and Queer Comedy in Chuck&Buck."  Jump Cut 49, Spring 2007 (39pps in ms). <>

National/Regional Presentations

"Steven Spielberg's Duel, the 1973 OPEC Oil Crisis, and the End of America's Energy Empire." the 2014 Film and History Conference, Madison, Wisconsin, November 1, 2014

"The Origins of Seattle Slacker Culture in Cameron Crowe's Say Anything . . . and Singles." Society for Cinema and Media Studies Annual Conference, Seattle, Wasington, March 21. 2014.

"The Nature of Environmental Apocalypse in The Birds and Night of the Living Dead." Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment (ASLE) biennial conference, Lawrence, Kansas, May 30, 2013

"Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight as Neoconservative War Propoganda." Society for Cinema and Media Studies Annual Conference, Los Angelese, CA, March 17 2010.

"Kevin Smith as 'Straight Queer' Industrial Auteur." What is Film? Conference, Portland, Oregon, November 7, 2009.

"Sympathy for the Devil: urbanoia, Horror, and the Anti-Heroic Hillbilly." Association for the Study fo Literature and the Environment (ASLE) biennial conference, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, June 6, 2009.

Courses Taught at the College at Brockport (SUNY)

Film 401: American Independent Cinema, Fall 2010, Spring 2015
Film 491/591: Contemporary Global Film Directors, Summer 2011
Film 403: Hollywood Renaissance 1967-80, Spring 2012, Spring 2016
Film 490: Film Comedy, Spring 2012, Spring 2018
Film 490: Film Melodrama, Fall 2012
Film 457: Women and Film, Spring 2011, Fall 2013, Sum 2014, Sum 2016, Spring 2018
Film 360: Film Horror, Spring 2017, Fall 2018
Film 360: Film Noir, Summer 2011, Fall 2014
Film 360: The Western, Fall 2013
Film 303: Ecocinema, Spring 2014, Fall 2016, Fall 2018
Film 301: Film Theory and Criticism, every term 2010-2018
Film 250: Film History Part 1, Spring 2015, Spring 2017, Sum 2017 (online)
Film 251: Film History Part 2, Spring 2014, Fall 2015, Fall 2017


  • Director of Interdisciplinary Film Studies Minor, The College at Brockport (SUNY), 2010-18
  • Departmental Advancement, Promotion and Tenure Committee, The College at Brockport (SUNY), 2017-2018
  • Departmental Recruitment and Retention Committee, The College at Brockport (SUNY), 2014-15
  • Departmental Curriculum Committee, The College at Brockport (SUNY), 2013-14
  • Departmental Search Committee, African American Literature Search, The College at Brockport (SUNY), 2013-14
  • Departmental Search Committtee, Young Adult Literature Search, The College at Brockport (SUNY), 2012-13
  • Faculty Adviser, Brockport Film Appreciation Club, The College at Brockport (SUNY), 2012-15

Teaching and Creative Interests

Film Studies
Gender and Sexuality
Globalization and Cyberculture
Geek Studies
Ecocritical Media Studies

Curriculum Vitae

Last Updated 4/30/18

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