Justin Rawlins - Faculty & Adjuncts

Justin Rawlins, PhD

Justin Rawlins, PhD
Assistant Professor of Media Studies and Film Studies
College of Arts & Sciences
Media Studies
918-631-2249 Website Oliphant Hall Room 117


PhD – Indiana University MA – Indiana University BA – Indiana University


Journal Articles

  • “Off the Grid but on the Radar: The Real and Ordinary in Alaskan TV Celebrity.” Celebrity Studies. 9.4 (2018): 426-441.

  • Rawlins, Justin. “Introduction: TV and Performance.” Journal of Film and Video 68.3-4 (2016): n. pag. Print.

  • Rawlins, Justin. “Over His Dead Body: Hedda Hopper and the Story of James Dean.” The Velvet Light Trap 71.1 (2013): 27–41. Print.

  • Rawlins , J. This is(n’t) John Wayne: The Miscasting and Performance of Whiteness in The Conquerer. Vol. 27, Quarterly Review of Film and Video, 2010, pp. 14-26.
  • Rawlins , J. “Historical Lessons in Hysterical Tragedy: John Garfield, Reception, and Re-Conceptualizing Method Acting.”.

Book Chapters

  • Rawlins, Justin. “Your Guide to the Girls: Gilmore-Isms, Cultural Capital, and a Different Kind of Quality TV.” Screwball Television: Critical Perspectives on Gilmore Girls. Ed. David Scott Diffrient and David Lavery. Syracuse University Press, 2010. 35–56. Print.

  • Rawlins , J. “‘‘Tell Them We Are Gone’: Imperial Narratives, Indigenous Perspectives, and Serial Prestige in AMC’s The Terror.’”. Contemporary American Prestige Television: Cultural and Artistic Value in the Multiplatform Era.
  • “The Authentically Bruised Cruise: Tom Cruise, Mission Impossible, and the intimacy of extreme performative labor.” Starring Tom Cruise. Sean Redmond, ed. Book under contract with Wayne State University Press. In progress.


  • Rawlins , J. Method Men: Reception and Revision in American Performance.

Blog Posts

Book Reviews

  • Rawlins , J. Review of Almost Hollywood, Nearly New Orleans: The Lure of the Local Film Economy, by Vicki Mayer. Vol. 6, Media Industries, 2019.


  • Rawlins , J. Afflicted Agents, Contested Spaces: Performance, Disability, and Female Protagonism in Homeland and The Bridge. In Media Res, 2014.
  • Rawlins, Justin, and Zenia Kish. “‘Telling Stories Is the Most Powerful Thing’: Kony 2012 and Narrative [Dis]Unity.” In Media Res (2012): n. pag. Print.

  • Rawlins, Justin. “What Kind of ‘South’ Rises from the (Walking) Dead?” In Media Res (2012): n. pag. Print.

Courses Taught

  • Film Genres
  • Media & Celebrity Culture
  • Special Topics
  • Special Topics in Media Studies
  • Special Topics in Women's and Gender Studies I
  • Film History
  • Senior Project
  • Mediated Meaning: Celebrity, Tourism And Style
  • Independent Study
  • Internship
  • Film Theory and Criticism
  • Independent Readings

Professional Affiliations

  • American Studies Association
  • Society for Cinema and Media Studies

Awards & Honors

  • Most Valuable Professor