Grants, Awards, and Distinctions


  • Travel Grant. Office of International Programs, University of North Carolina Wilmington, June 2017. Travel to Helsinki, Finland.
  • Professional Development Grant, College of Arts and Science, University of North Carolina Wilmington, May-June 2016. Travel to Cornell University, NY for Society for Cognitive Studies of the Moving Image Conference.
  • Travel Grant. Office of International Programs, University of North Carolina Wilmington, June 2015. Travel to London, England.
  • Research Grant. University of North Carolina Wilmington, summer 2014
  • Research Reassignment. University of North Carolina Wilmington, spring 2014.
  • Travel Grant. Office of International Programs, University of North Carolina Wilmington, June 2013. Travel to Berlin, Germany.
  • Writer-in-Residence. Weymouth Center for the Arts and Humanities, Southern Pines, NC, 2013.
  • Named by one or more graduating seniors at UNC Wilmington as a faculty member whose impact on them at college was most significant; seventeen consecutive years (1996-2013).
  • László Országh Chair in American Studies, Fulbright Scholars Distinguished Chair Award, U.S. Department of State, February-June 2012. Lecture, conduct research, and consult on curriculum and program development in the American Studies and Cinema Studies departments at Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest, Hungary.
  • Travel Grant. Office of International Programs, University of North Carolina Wilmington, June 2009. Travel to Copenhagen, Denmark.
  • Fulbright Scholars Award, U.S. Department of State, 2005-2006. Taught film studies courses and helped develop film studies programs and curricula at Vietnam’s national film school, the Hanoi University of Theater and Cinema.
  • Research Reassignment, UNC-Wilmington, 2005-6
  • Research Grant, UNC-Wilmington, 2004.
  • UNCW Travel Grant, Office of International Programs, for travel to England, 2004
  • Speaker and Specialist Grant, U.S. Department of State, Office of International Information Programs. Assisted program and curriculum development for a new film studies program at Pontifica Universidade Católica, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. May 10-18, 2002.
  • Charles Cahill Award, travel grant to conduct archival research in Los Angeles and San Francisco. Summer 2002.
  • Research Grant, UNC-Wilmington, 2000.
  • Curriculum Development Grant, UNC-Wilmington. Designed Film Studies Program curriculum. Summer, 1999.
  • Research Grant, UNC-Wilmington, 1997.
  • Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award, U.C. Berkeley, 1994
  • Highest Distinction in General Scholarship (Summa Cum Laude), UC Berkeley, 1986
  • Phi Beta Kappa, UC Berkeley, 1986
  • Hill Honorary Scholarship, UC Berkeley, 1986