Michael Duffy | Towson University


University of Nottingham (Ph.D.)
New York University (MA)
Towson University (BS)

Areas of Expertise

Film and media history, genre, aesthetics, East Asian cinemas, special effects history/theory


Michael Duffy joined the EMF department in 2010, and regularly teaches Introduction
to Electronic Media and Film, History of Film, and EMF’s Freshman Seminar on media
depictions of Dracula and vampires. He has also taught courses on “Superhero Films”,
the “James Bond” series, Women & Gender, Chinese-Hong Kong-Taiwanese cinemas, Post-War
Japanese film, and a course on Special Effects History & Theory, which inspired research
leading to his first co-edited book, “Special Effects: New Histories, Theories, Contexts”
(with Dan North and Bob Rehak, Palgrave MacMillan/BFI, 2015). Michael has published
numerous essays and presents regularly at international conferences; his other teaching/research
interests include Orson Welles, South Korean film, and Australia and New Zealand cinemas.
He completed his Ph.D. thesis at The University of Nottingham; entitled “Becoming
Regionally Digital”, it explored the changing industrial, technological, and aesthetic
dynamics in regional cinemas as filmmakers and effects companies transitioned to digital
technology. Michael has worked for the Maryland and Sarasota film festivals and in
marketing/promotion for Buena Vista Pictures/Walt Disney Company and Allied Integrated
Marketing. In 2013, Michael began hosting the EMF Fall Film Series (originated by
Greg Faller), bridging faculty members across multiple disciplines, offering students
and the general public unique perspectives on specifically-themed films from different

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