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Michael B. Gillespie
Position: Associate Professor of Film at the City College of New York
Campus Affiliation: City College of New York|Graduate Center
Office Hours: By appointment
Degrees/Diplomas: PhD in Cinema Studies, New York University
Research Interests: Film theory, black visual and expressive culture, popular music, and contemporary art.
Specialization: African American Literature and Literary Theory|Cultural Studies|Film and Literature|Popular Culture|Visual Culture
  • Film Blackness: American Cinema and the Idea of Black Film. Durham: Duke University Press, 2016.
Edited Collections
  • Black One Shot. Co-editor with Lisa Uddin. An art criticism series devoted to black visual and expressive culture series on ASAP/J (the open-access platform for the Association for the Study of the Present Journal.
  • “Dimensions in Black: Perspectives on Black Film and Media.” Co-editor with Racquel Gates of dossier for Film Quarterly 71.2 (Winter 2017): 9-60.
Essays and Book Chapters
  • “Reclaiming Black Film and Media Studies” (co-authored with Racquel Gates). A Film Manifestos dossier. Film Quarterly 72.3 (2019): 13-15.
  • “Art and the Idea of Black Film: A Conversation.” Moderator and editor of discussion with Jon S. Goff, Alessandra Raengo, and Samantha N. Sheppard. Flash Art #324 (February – March 2019): 64-72.
  • Empathy Complicity” in Unwatchable, ed. Nicholas Baer, Maggie Hennefeld, Laura Horak, and Gunnar Iversen (Rutgers University Press, 2019).
  • “Cinema.” Keywords in African American Studies, eds. Erica Edwards, Roderick Ferguson, Jeffrey Ogbar (NYU Press, 2018).
  • “8.3: Mr. Nancy’s Story.” Black One Shot, eds. M. Boyce Gillespie and Lisa Uddin. ASAP/J (9.10.18)
  • “Introduction” (co-authored with Racquel Gates) for “Dimensions in Black: Perspectives on Black Film and Media” dossier. Film Quarterly 71.2 (Winter 2017).
  • “Death Grips.” Film Quarterly 71.2 (Winter 2017).
  • “Cinema Notes/American Letters.” Co-authored with Elizabeth Reich and Courtney Baker. ASAP/J (June 2017).
  •  “I and I Survive: Notes on Film Blackness in the 21st Century [Anmerkungen zu Film Blackness im 21. Jahrhundert].” Kolik Film 27 (March 2017)
  • “One Step Ahead: A Conversation with Barry Jenkins.” Film Quarterly 70.3 (2017): 52–62.
  • “B.A.D. (Black Abstraction Dreaming): A Conversation with Kevin Jerome Everson.” Black Camera 8. 1 (Fall 2016): 155-168.
  • “The Art of Film Blackness: A Conversation with Michael Boyce Gillespie” (co-authored with Regina Longo). Film Quarterly 70.1 (Fall 2016): 112–117.
  • “Grace and Grind: Notes on the Work of Kevin Jerome Everson.” How to Remain Human. Cleveland: Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland, 2015.
  • Do The Right Thing.” Encyclopedia of Films, ed. Sabine Haenni and John White. London: Routledge, 2014.
  • “Smiling Faces: Chameleon Street, Racial Performativity, and Film Blackness.” Passing Interest: Racial Passing in U.S. Fiction, Memoirs, Television, and Film, 1990-2010, ed. Julie Cary Nerad. Albany: SUNY Press, 2014.  
  • “Dirty Pretty Things: The Racial Grotesque and Contemporary Art.” Post-Soul Satire: Black Identity after Civil Rights, ed. Derek Maus and Jim Donahue. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2014.
  • “2 Nigs United 4 West Compton: A Conversation with Kevin Jerome Everson.” liquid blackness 1.2 (2014).
  • “Reckless Eyeballing: Coonskin, Film Blackness, and the Racial Grotesque.” Contemporary Black American Cinema: Race, Gender and Sexuality at the Movies, ed. Mia Mask. London: Routledge, 2012.
  • “‘To Do Better’: Notes on the Work of Kevin Jerome Everson.” Broad Daylight and Other Times: Selected Works of Kevin Jerome Everson. Chicago: Video Data Bank, 2011.