Research Projects

Below is a list of current and past projects I have completed that are significant to my research. Those marked with an asterisk (*) are currently being considered for possible publication.

 

They Live Among Us: Understanding the Atomic Age and Communist Aggressions through Science Fiction Films, 1950-1959 
A historical analysis of seven American science fiction films that were produced during the 1950’s. This research examines both the films, as well as movie reviews from the New York Times to illustrate how overarching themes were interpreted by American audiences during the height of postwar insecurities.

 

Lessons of Atomic Survival: Mid-Century American Values in Industrial Propaganda Films, 1945-1965.
Using methods of digital tools, this project analyzes various themes and messages of postwar American industrial films produced between 1945 and 1965. By employing the data found in the short films, as well as from Gallup polls newspaper articles, this research provides a visualization of popular trends in American values.

 

Gender Under Atomic Attack: Feminine and Masculine Gender Roles in Indiana Civil Defense Education, 1945-1969
This project will serve as the final installment of my research at Ball State University. This digital scholarship project intends to study 25 films produced by government agencies such as the Atomic Energy Commission and the Office of Civil Defense, and how they could have interpreted gender roles to American viewers. By comparing data found through tools such as Voyant and Cinemetrics, and gathering information on organizations within the state of Indiana that would have distributed this educational material, I intend to explain not only what these gender roles were that the American government promoted, but also how they were absorbed and understood throughout the state of Indiana.