Professor and Dean of the Honors College

David Jenemann teaches courses in film and television theory, critical theory, genre, and global cinema. He has published essays on the film theories of Gilles Deleuze and Theodor W. Adorno as well as on the poet and novelist Kenneth Fearing. His areas of research interest include film and television, critical theory, modernism, and twentieth century literature. He is currently working on a book on anti-intellectualism in America.



cover of The Baseball Glove: History, Material, Meaning, and Value by David JenemannThe Baseball Glove: History, Material, Meaning, and Value (Routlege Taylor & Francis Group, 2018)
cover of Adorno in America by David JenemannAdorno in America (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2007)

Selected Articles and Book Chapters

“Racket and Relevance” special issue on Max Horkheimer’s “On the Sociology of Class Relations” nonsite, 18 (2016)
“Stupider and Worse: The Cultural Politics of Stupidity”parallax, Volume 19, Issue 3 (2013), 134-149
“Strangling the Malcontents: Critical Theory and Pseudo-Conservatism Today”Constelaciones. Revista de Teoría Crítica, Vol. 3 (2011): “Teoría Crítica de la industria de la cultura.” 227-233
“Camouflage Work: The Hidden Subject of Modernism”Individualism: The Cultural Logic of Modernity, Edited by Zubin Meer (Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2011) 191-202
“Stop Being an Elitist, and Start Being an Elitist”Flow 13.5, (December 2010)


Awards and Recognition

Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, co-PI, $12,500 for a statewide lecture series on “Happiness,”
CAS Small Grant Award, University of Vermont ($2000), 2015-2016
Nominated For the Kroepsch-Maurice Teaching Award, 2004, 2006, 2009, (2010 declined).
Nominated for the James Russell Lowell Award for Adorno in America (Modern Language Association 2008)
Nominated for the Modernist Studies Association Book Award for Adorno in America (2008)
Summer Research Grant, The Humanities Center, University of Vermont (funds provided for a research assistant, 2006)
Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship and Research Grant, University of Minnesota (2002 – 2003).
DAAD Fellowship for Study and Research, Berlin (Summer, 2002).
Graduate Research Partnership Program Summer Fellowship and Research Grant, University of Minnesota (Summer, 2002).
Harold Leonard Memorial Film Study Fellowship and Study Grant, University of Minnesota (2000 – 2001).
Comparative Studies in Discourse, Departmental Language Study Fellowship (1999, 2000).
Comparative Studies in Discourse and Society, Departmental Fellowship (1995 – 1996).
Thomas B. McCabe Achievement Award, Swarthmore College (1989 – 1993).

Associations and Affiliations

National Association of Fellowship Advisors
Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes
Modern Language Association
Society for Cinema Studies
Modernist Studies Association
American Comparative Literature Association

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

Film and television, critical theory, Modernism, 20th-century literature


  • Ph.D. University of Minnesota, 2003


Office Location:

50 Universityy Heights

Courses Taught

  • Seminar in Film and Television: Sports Broadcasting
  • Seminar: Film Noir & Hardboiled Fiction
  • Seminar: Hollywood Fictions

  • Seminar: Documentary Evidence

  • Seminar: Major Author Sinclair Lewis & Dos Passos

  • Seminar in Literature: Themes, Genres, Folklore, Film Noir & Hardboiled Fiction

  • Honors Seminar: The Pursuit of Knowledge

  • Honors Seminar: Screening the Modern

  • Film and TV Genre and the Auteur

  • Contemporary Topics in Film and Television

  • History of Television

  • Film Criticism

  • Readings and Research

  • Film and Television Theory

  • Intro Special Topics in Film and Television: Lane Series

  • Intro Special Topics in Film and Television: Cinemas of the Fantastic

  • Intro Special Topics in Film and Television: Intro to T.V.

  • American Film Genres: Politics of Genres

  • Study of Documentarys and Avante Garde Cinema: Avante-Garde

  • Studies in Documentary and Avante Garde Cinema: New German Cinema

  • Development in Motion Pictures I: Origin - 1930

  • Development in Motion Pictures II: 1930 - 1960

  • Development in Motion Pictures III: 1960 - 2000