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Nick Davis
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This biography is for archival purposes only and may no longer be up-to-date as for Summer 2018.
Member, Board of Directors, 2015-2018


Biography: Nick Davis is Associate Professor of English and Gender & Sexuality Studies at Northwestern University, where he has been on the faculty since 2006.  He earned his PhD from Cornell University in 2005 and previously taught at Trinity College in Hartford, CT, and Wells College in Aurora, NY. His book The Desiring-Image theorizes a new model of contemporary queer cinema based on formal principles rather than identity politics, and  drawing heavily on Deleuzian philosophies of film, sexuality, collectivity, and production. He is also the author of the film reviews at

Northwestern University Dept of English
1897 Sheridan Road, University Hall 215
Evanston, IL 60208-2240

Office Phone: 847-491-3433

Research Interests: Contemporary narrative film, queer theory, feminism, LGBT cinema, women filmmakers, acting on film, American film criticism, film festivals, Deleuzian theory, and 20th-century American fiction and drama.

Selected publications:
The Desiring-Image: Gilles Deleuze and Contemporary Queer Cinema (Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2013)

“The Face Is a Politics: A Close-Up View of Julie Dash’s Illusions.” Camera Obscura 29.2 (2014): 148-183.

“I Love You, Hombre: Y tu mamá también as Border-Crossing Bromance.” Reading the Bromance: Homosocial Relationships in Film and Television. Ed. Michael DeAngelis. Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 2014. 109-138.

“Julie Christie and Vanessa Redgrave: Performance and the Politics of Singularity,” in Hollywood Reborn: Movie Stars of the 1970s. Ed. James Morrison. New Brunswick: Rutgers UP, 2010. 182-201.

The Wild Party,” “The Incredibles,” and “Brokeback Mountain.” Fifty Key American Films. Eds. John White and Sabine Haenni. London: Routledge, 2009.

“The View from the Shortbus, or All Those Fucking Movies,” GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies 14.4 (2008): 623-637.

“Go Tell It on the Stage: Blues for Mister Charlie as Dialectical Drama,” Journal of American Drama and Theatre 17.2 (2005): 30-42.

Other Activities:
Member, SCMS Programming Committee, 2013-2014
Member, SCMS Conference Content Committee, 2010-2011
Member and Chair, SCMS Screening Committee, 2007-2010
Member, Queer Film Society, 2009-2015
Co-Chair and Executive Board, Chicago Film Seminar, 2011-2015
Reporter and Competition Juror, Chicago International Film Festival, 2009-2015
Programmer and Competition Juror, Reeling LGBT Film Festival, 2013-2015
Editor and Critic,, 1998-2015


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