Kevin L. Ferguson

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Associate Professor
Chair, Academic Senate
Co-editor, [in]Transition: Journal of Videographic Film and Moving Image Studies
Klapper Hall, Room 711

You can find my CV here:
curriculum vitae [pdf]

Research Interests

Pop Goes the Decade: The Nineties explains the American 1990s for a wide audience, offering a widely representative approach to 1990s culture, including the more obvious nostalgic versions of the decade as well as focused discussions of representations of minority populations during the decade that are often overlooked. Covering a wide variety of topics—music, television, film, literature, sports, technology, and more—this book includes an introductory timeline and background section, followed by a lengthy “Exploring Popular Culture” section, and concludes with a brief series of essays further contextualizing the controversial and influential aspects of the decade.

Eighties People explores how new types of individuals were created and used to manage cultural anxieties during the 1980s. Exploring strategies for fashioning self-knowledge, this book illuminates the hidden lives of surrogate mothers, crack babies, persons with AIDS, yuppies, and brat packers.

Teaching Interests

cinema and media studies, digital humanities, videographic criticism, contemporary American literature, literary theory, college writing


Pop Goes the Decade: The Nineties. Santa Barbara: Greenwood, forthcoming 2019.

Eighties People: New Lives in the American Imagination. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016.

Selected Journal Articles

Where You End and I Begin,” Screenworks 8.1 (2018), 9 minutes.

Lizard Train,” after Catherine Grant’s “Carnal Locomotive,” [in]Transition: Journal of Videographic Film and Moving Image Studies 4.4 (2018), 6 minutes.

The Variety of Kathy Acker: on the Avant-garde between Pornography and Narrative,” Cinema Journal 56.4 (2017). 12,000 words.

Digital Surrealism: Visualizing Walt Disney Animation Studios,” Digital Humanities Quarterly 11.1 (2017). 10,000 words.

Selected Book Chapters

“Volumetric Cinema,” Debates in the Digital Humanities 2019. Eds. Matthew K. Gold and Lauren Klein. Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press, 2019. 5,000 words.

“Youth Culture on the Skids: Generation X and Brat Pack Fiction,” American Literature in Transition: 1980-1990. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2017. 6,000 words.

“No Hugging, No Learning: Seinfeld between the Yuppies and Slackers,” 25 Sitcoms that Changed Television: Turning Points in American Culture. Santa Barbara, CA: Greenwood/ABC-CLIO, 2017. 5,000 words.