Texas Tech University

Wyatt D. Phillips

Wyatt D Phillips

Assistant Professor of Film and Media Studies

Ph.D. New York University, 2013

Phillips specializes in the political economic histories of film and media. His past publications and current areas of research include the late-nineteenth/early-twentieth century media landscape, the transformation of film genres across media and cultures, ecocritical film studies, copyright law, the diffusion of color television, the remaking of film exhibition in America between 1948 and 1980, and the development of the drive-in movie theater. His current book project considers the industrial history of American film genre production and circulation and provides a critical historical component to the burgeoning field of media industry studies.



  • Smokers, Club Films, and Blue Movies: A Cinematic Genealogy of the Stag Film. Genre: Forms of Discourse and Culture 51.2 (2018): 133-158. 
  • Gilligan and Captain Kirk Have More in Common than You Think: 1960s Camp TV as an Alternative Genealogy for Cult Television. Journal of Popular Television 6.1 (2018): 19-40. Co-authored with Dr. Isabel Pinedo (Hunter College).
  • Why Are We Stuck in Low-Earth Orbit?: Sexagenarian Space Cowboys and the Failing Body of Their America Dream," in The Films of Clint Eastwood: Critical Perspectives. Ed. Leonard Engel and Matt Wanat. University of New Mexico Press, 2018. 49-68.
  • “A Maze of Intricate Relationships”: Mae D. Huettig and Early Forays into Film Industry Studies. Film History 27.1 (2015): 135-163.
  • O Cangaceiro (1953) and the Brazilian Northeastern: The Western “in the Land of the Sun.” International Westerns: Re-Locating the Frontier. Ed. Cynthia J. Miller and A. Bowdoin Van Riper. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, 2014. 243-262.
  • “Valere Quantum Valere Potest”: Adaptation in Early American Cinema. Adaptation Studies: New Approaches. Ed. Dennis Cutchins and Christa Albrecht-Crane. Madison, NJ: Fairleigh Dickinson UP, 2010. 278-293.
  • “Cow-Punchers, Bull-Whackers and Tin Horn Gamblers”: Generic Formulae, Sensational Literature, and Early American Cinema. Early Cinema and the ‘National'. Ed. Richard Abel, Giorgio Bertellini, and Rob King. London: John Libbey, 2008. 275-284.


  • George Kleine & American Cinema: The Movie Business and Film Culture in the Silent Era, by Joel Frykholm. Media Industries Journal 3.1 (2016): 79-83.
  • Reviews of Shakespeare on Silent Film: An Excellent Dumb Discourse, by Judith Buchanan, and Shakespeare, Film Studies, and the Visual Cultures of Modernity, by Anthony R. Guneratne, Nineteenth Century Theatre & Film 38.1 (2011): 99-104.