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Robert Singer
Position: (Full) Professor
Campus Affiliation: Kingsborough Community College
Degrees/Diplomas: PhD NYU, Comparative Literature
Research Interests: Interdisciplinary Studies, American Studies, Film Studies, Comparative Literature

Interests: narrative theory and practice, adaptation, Realism/Naturalism, intertextual analytics, and filmmaking

Tracks taught in MALS:

American Studies, New York Studies, Science and Technology Studies

Courses Taught in MALS:

American Culture and Values

Introduction to American Studies: History and Methodologies

Narratives of New York: Literature and the Visual Arts

Science and Technology: Literature and the Visual Arts

MALS cross-listed with Film Studies:

Realism and Naturalism in Literature and Film

Pageantry and Power: Film as Historical Narrative


I will serve as the series co-editor of multivolume, critical editions in Film/American Studies to be published by Edinburgh University Press entitled, “ReFocus:  Forgotten American Directors,” to begin publishing in 2013.


“The Engaged and the Entrapped: Women in International Silent Cinema,” Regards Croisés: Naturalisme / Olhares Cruzados: Naturalismo, to be published by Centro de Estudos Comparatistas (Portugal,2013)

“The Dancing Heel: The Rise and Fall of Legs Diamond and the Bio/Pic,” to be published in a volume on Budd Boetticher (Edinburgh University Press, 2013)

“The ‘How Big Is It?’ Combo: Noir Casualties,” published in The Films of Joseph H. Lewis (Wayne State University, 2012)

“Gerhard Lamprecht’s Berlin: Physiognomy of a City,” co-authored with Diane Smith, published in Dedalus, (Portugal, 2009)

“Nothing to Hyde: Reading Edgar Ulmer’s The Daughter of Dr. Jekyll,” published in Edgar G. Ulmer: Detour on Poverty Row (Lexington Press, 2008)

“Les origines du film américain sur la grève dans les mines de charbon,” co-authored with Diane Smith, published in Émile Zola et le texte naturaliste en Europe et aux Amériques, (Eds. Anna Gural-Migdal and Carolyn Snipes-Hoyt. Edwin Mellen Press, Series in Comparative Literature, 2007)

“About Me”

I am delighted to work at the CUNY Graduate Center with MALS students. I try to bring my love of literature, film, and interdisciplinary studies into the active and engaged classroom. Although I am not a blog/twitter person, I am fascinated by the use of technology and new media in the classroom and in personal life.

I look forward to meeting you.