Ryan Jay Friedman

Associate Professor and Director of Film Studies


Ryan Jay Friedman is associate professor of English and the director of the Film Studies Program. He specializes in early African American film and the racial politics of classical Hollywood, while teaching courses and writing on a range of other topics, including African American literature, film theory and American film’s social histories.

He is the author of Hollywood’s African American Films: The Transition to Sound (Rutgers University Press, 2011) and of The Movies as a World Force: American Silent Cinema and the Utopian Imagination (forthcoming from Rutgers University Press). He contributed a chapter, "Race Cinema, the Transition to Sound, and Hollywood's African-American-Cast Musicals," to the collection, Early Race Filmmaking in America, ed. Barbara Lupack (Routledge, 2016). His scholarship has also appeared in Quarterly Review of Film & Video; English Literary History; Arizona Quarterly; The Journal of American History; and Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television.

Selected Publications

Curriculum Vitae

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Areas of Expertise
  • Film studies
  • African American literature
  • Critical theory
  • Twentieth-century American literature
  • PhD, Northwestern University, 2004
  • BA, University of Notre Dame, 1998

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