Julian Cornell

Julian Cornell is a Lecturer in Media Studies at Queens College – CUNY, where he teaches Film Genres, National Cinemas and Film Analysis. He is the Director of the Honors Internship Program in Media Studies and the Coordinator of the Film Studies Program. His primary research and teaching areas are American, Scandinavian and Japanese cinema and genre cinema, including disaster movies, science fiction, children’s films, animation and documentary. His work on children’s films, apocalyptic disaster movies and bad taste has been published in collections and journals and he has written for Vice.com and the film analysis Website ScreenPrism.com. His most recent project is an exploration of media narratives and social media responses to mass shootings and the mythology of gun violence in American society.


Prof. Cornell has taught Film at New York University in the Tisch School of the Arts, and Media at the Gallatin School For Individualized Study. He has also taught Film Studies and Screenwriting at Wesleyan University as a Visiting Assistant Professor. Prior to teaching, he worked in Scheduling and Network Programming at HBO and Cinemax, and in independent film production.


He received his B.A. in Film Studies from Wesleyan University, an M.A. in Film and Television from the University of California, Los Angeles and his PhD in Cinema Studies from New York University.

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