Texas Tech University

Wyatt D. Phillips

Dr. Phillips is currently serving as the Director of Graduate Studies for the English department's Literature, Creative Writing, and Linguistics (LCWL) area. For questions pertaining to that role, please contact him at english.gradadvisor@ttu.edu.

As a researcher and scholar, Dr. Phillips's work engages primarily in questions of the political economy and industrial practices of media production and circulation. His recently completed projects include a co-edited collection on American Independent Cinema (Routledge, 2023), a co-edited volume on Camp TV of the 1960s (Oxford UP, 2023). He is currently finishing a monograph on the historical relationship between turn-of-the-century business culture and early Hollywood through the lens of the development of genre. Since arriving at Texas Tech in 2014, he has been active in bringing film to the Lubbock community and was recognized in 2021 as one of the university's Integrated Scholars.  

Ph.D. New York University (Cinema Studies)

Select Publications

Screening American Independent Film, co-edited with Justin Wyatt (Routledge, 2023).

Camp TV of the 1960s: Reassessing the Vast Wasteland, co-edited with Isabel Pinedo (Oxford UP, 2023).

“Legitimating Top of the Lake: Jane Campion, the Film Fest, and the Miniseries,” in Prestige Television: Cultural and Artistic Value in Twenty-First-Century America, edited by Seth Friedman and Amanda Keeler. Rutgers UP (2022), 170-188.

“Insuring Hollywood: A Movie Returns Index and the American Stock Market.” Co-authored with Dr. Davide Lauria (TTU Dept. of Math & Statistics). Journal of Risk and Financial Management 14.5 (2021): 189-221. 

“A Cinema Under the Stars (and Stripes): David Milgram's Boulevard Drive-in Theatre and the Political-Economic Landscape of America's Post-War Drive-in Boom.” Historical Journal of Film, Radio & Television 40.2 (2020): 275-296. 

“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.” Co-authored with Dr. Isabel Pinedo (Hunter College). Journal of Popular Television 6.1 (2018): 19-40.

“‘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',” in International Westerns: Re-Locating the Frontier, edited by Cynthia J. Miller and A. Bowdoin Van Riper (Scarecrow Press, 2014), 243-262. 


Recent courses have included: 

Literature-to-Film Adaptation 
American Cinema and Culture of the '60s and '70s 
Serialized Fiction  
American Independent Cinema  
Texas Films and Filmmakers 
The Road Movie 
Film Genres: Hollywood Staples 
Narrative Cinema 
Introduction to Film Studies 
The Origins of Mass Media  
Introduction to Digital Humanities  
Research Methods

Community Outreach

Dr. Phillips, along with his Film & Media Studies colleague Dr. Allison Whitney, programs and hosts a weekly Film Club at Lubbock's Alamo Drafthouse Cinema that screens and discusses new and repertory titles every Wednesday night, all year long.


Associate Professor;
Director of Graduate Studies (LCWL)
Film & Media Studies

Email: wyatt.phillips@ttu.edu
Office: 464