Texas Tech University

Fareed Ben-Youssef

Dr. Fareed Ben-Youssef is an Assistant Professor in Film & Media at Texas Tech University. He earned his PhD in Film and Media from the University of California, Berkeley. His first project, No Jurisdiction: The Law and Post-9/11 Genre Film, reveals and wrestles with genre's multivalent purpose as a tool to normalize state violence and as a potential mode of human rights critique. His work on global cinema has appeared in journals such as The Journal of Popular Culture and Southwestern American Literature. As part of his efforts to teach outside the classroom, Ben-Youssef has also organized myriad university film series and hosted master classes with award-winning directors such as Ari Folman and Ryûsuke Hamaguchi.

PhD University of California, Berkeley



“The Birth and Death of a Professional Wrestling Alter-Ego: Takahara Hidekazu's Gamushara and the Loss of a Transgressive Identity.” Japanese Language and Literature. 53.2 (October 2019). pp. 203-231.

“Superheroes on Screen: Real Life Lessons for Security Debates.” Co-Authors Andrew A. Adams, Fareed Ben-Youssef, Bruce Schneier, Kiyoshi Murata. Security Journal (Published Online September 2019). pp. 1-18.


“‘Attendez la Crème!': Food and Cultural Trauma in Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds and Django Unchained.” The Journal of Popular Culture. 50.4 (August 2017). pp. 814-834.

“トランプ政権下のボーダー・ナラティヴ” (“The Frontiers of Border Narrative under Trump's Presidency”). 三田文学 (Mita Bungaku). 130 (Summer 2017). pp. 76-83. Published in translation in Japanese.

“Disrupted Genre, Disrupted Lives: Adieu Gary and the Post-9/11 Banlieue as Ghost Town.” Studia Filmoznawcze (Film Studies). Special Issue on the Transnational Western, 38 (June 2017). pp. 75-89.

“Where Our Hungers Trump Morality: The Border in Ridley Scott and Cormac McCarthy's The Counselor.” Southwestern American Literature. 42.2 (2017). pp 7-27.


“‘That's Something the Viewer Can Choose to See: An Interview with Mike Leigh on Mr. Turner.” Bright Lights Film Journal. Web. (July 12, 2015).

Furyo et l'Esthétique de la Torture” (“Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence and the Aesthetic of Torture”). L'Avant-Scène Cinéma. 624 (June 2015). pp. 30-35. In French.


Assistant Professor
Film & Media Studies

Email: fbenyous@ttu.edu