University of Vermont

The College of Arts and Sciences

Film and Television Studies

SarahNilsen

Faculty - Sarah Nilsen

Sarah Nilsen

Sarah Nilsen, Associate Professor

  • Ph.D., 2000, University of Southern California, School of Cinema-Television, Critical Studies
  • M.A., 1995, University of Southern California, School of Cinema-Television, Critical Studies
  • M.F.A., 1992, American Film Institute, Screenwriting, Studied with Leonardo Bercocivi
  • B.A., 1989, Dartmouth College, English Literature and Creative Writing
  • C.V. (PDF)
Area of expertise

Walt Disney, the popular culture of the Cold War, and cultural diplomacy

Contact Information
Email: Sarah.Nilsen@uvm.edu
Phone: (802) 656-3063
Office: 315 Old Mill

Office Hours: by appointment

Sarah Nilsen teaches classes in the history of film and television, on issues of race, class and gender in the media, the theories of popular culture, and critical race theory. Her areas of interest include Walt Disney, the popular culture of the Cold War, and cultural diplomacy. She is currently working on a book which is a cultural history of the Disney princesses. She is also co-editing an anthology currently titled: The Colorblind Screen: Television in Post-Racial America. And she working on a screenplay about Harry Harlow.

Selected Work:

Projecting AmericaProjecting America, 1958: Film and Cultural Diplomacy at the Brussels World's Fair. New York: McFarland, 2011.

"All-American Girl?: Annette Funicello and Suburban Ethnicity in the Mickey Mouse Club," Mediated Girlhoods, ed. Mary Celeste Kearney (Peter Lang, 2010).

"Be Sure You're Right, Then Go Ahead": The Davy Crockett Gun Craze" Red Feather: An International Journal of Children's Visual Culture 1:1 (Spring 2010).

"White Soul: The 'Magical Negro' in the Films of Stephen King," The Films of Stephen King: From Carrie to Secret Window, ed. Tony Magistrale (New York: Palgrave, 2008): 129-140.

"America's Salesman: Walt Disney's USA in Circarama" Beyond the Mouse, ed. A. Bowdoin Van Riper (McFarland, 2010).

"Don't Stop 'til We Get Enough: Michael Jackson and the Enjoyment of the Other," International Journal of Zizek Studies (forthcoming).

Book Review. Lynn Kirby's Parallel Tracks: The Railroad and Silent Cinema. USC Spectator 19:2 (Fall 1999).

Presentations:

APCS Conference for Psychoanalysis and Social Change, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, Fall 2008, "Don't Stop 'til We Get Enough: Michael Jackson and the Enjoyment of the Other".

Popular Culture/American Cultural Studies Conference, San Francisco, Spring 2008, paper presentation, "All American Girl: Annette Funicello and the Question of Ethnicity" and roundtable member on Race and the Films of Stephen King.

Console-ing Passions: Feminism, Television and Video, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Spring 2006, paper on Annette Funicello.

Visible Evidence Conference, Concordia University, Montreal, Summer 2005, "Anything Can Happen Day: The Mickey Mouse Club Newsreels".

MIT4: Media in Transition Conference, MIT, Cambridge, Spring 2005, "Everyone Neat and Pretty: Mickey Mouse Mediocrity."

Console-ing Passions: Feminism, Television and Video, Tulane University, New Orleans, Spring 2004, "Six Gun Galahads: Masculinity and the Television Western."

Society for Cinema Studies Conference, Spring 2003, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, "Be Sure You're Right": The Davy Crockett Gun Craze."

Society for Cinema Studies Conference, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Spring 2003, workshop on the films of Claire Denis.

Film and History Conference, Kansas City, Fall 2002, "'Be sure you're right, then go ahead': Race and the Davy Crockett Television Craze."

Wisconsin Political Science Association Conference, Oshkosh, Fall 2002, The Media and the Bush Presidency panel.

APCS Conference for Psychoanalysis and Social Change, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, Fall 2001, "Do the Right Thing?: Transference in the Classroom."

University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh Dean's Symposium, Oshkosh, Spring 2001, "Popular Culture and the Cold War."

Society for Cinema Studies Conference, Washington, DC, Spring 2001, "Violence is Desire: Claire Denis' Beau Travail."

Console-ing Passions Conference: Feminism, Television and Video, University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Spring 2000, "Shirley Clarke's Visual Jazz."