Michael B. Gillespie

Associate Professor

Main Affiliation

Media and Communication Arts

Additional Departments/Affiliated Programs

Black Studies Program


Shepard Hall


Shepard 467

Michael B. Gillespie

Michael B. Gillespie is an Associate Professor of Film in the Department of Media and Communication Arts and the Black Studies Program at The City College of New York. He received his MA and PhD in Cinema Studies from New York University. He has taught at Duke University, The New School, and Ohio University. His teaching and research focuses on black visual and expressive culture, visual historiography, film theory, film adaptation, and genre theory. His publications include "Reckless Eyeballing: Coonskin, Film Blackness, and the Racial Grotesque" in Contemporary Black American Cinema: Race, Gender and Sexuality at the Movie; "Dirty Pretty Things: The Racial Grotesque and Contemporary Art" in Post-Soul Satire: Black Identity After Civil Rights; "Smiling Faces: Chameleon Street, Racial Performativity, and Film Blackness: in Passing Interest: Racial Passing in US Novels, Memoirs, Televison, and Film, 1990-2010; and pieces on the film/video work of Kevin Jerome Everson. His book, Film Blackness: American Cinema and the Idea of Black Film is forthcoming from Duke University Press (https://www.dukeupress.edu/film-blackness?veiwby=subject&categoryid=15&…).  His next book project is entitled Music of My Mind: Blackness and Sonic Visuality.