A specialist in narrative theory, global independent film, and the cinemas of the Americas, Professor Carlson is Director of the Cinema Studies Program in the Department of Media & Communication Arts at The City College CUNY. In addition, at the CUNY Graduate Center he is a member of the doctoral faculties of French, Film Studies and Comparative Literature and a Senior Fellow at the Bildner Center for Western Hemispheric Studies. He has lectured at Stanford, Columbia, Escuela Internacional de Cine y TV (Cuba), the University of Paris, and the University of Sao Paulo, among others. His current research is focused on how slavery and its legacy in the New World have been represented in film, literature, and music.
Moreover, he is an active producer, director, and writer with multiple Emmy Awards. As a Senior Producer for City University Television (CUNY-TV), he created and produces the series CITY CINEMATHEQUE about film history, CANAPE about French-American cultural relations, and NUEVA YORK (in Spanish) about the Latino cultures of New York City. As an independent producer, his recent work includes the Showtime Networks production DIRT directed by Nancy Savoca and LOOKING FOR PALLADIN directed by Andrzej Krakowski.
In 1998 he was inducted by France as a Chevalier de l'Ordre des Palmes. He was educated at Williams College (B.A.) and the University of Chicago (A.M. & Ph.D.).
Williams College (B.A.) and the University of Chicago (A.M. & Ph.D.).
His current research is focused on how slavery and its legacy in the New World have been represented in cinema. In addition, he is an active producer, director, and writer.