Justus Nieland is Professor of English and teaches in the Film Studies Program at Michigan State University. Since 2017, he has served as Associate Chair for Graduate Studies in the Department of English. He specializes in modernism and film history, and his research interests include affect theory, modern and contemporary literature, avant-garde and experimental film, the film noir, global modernist cinemas, and modern design and architecture history.
He is the author of four books: Happiness by Design: Modernism and Media in the Eames Era (University of Minnesota Press, 2019), David Lynch (University of Illinois Press, 2012), Film Noir: Hard-Boiled Modernities and the Cultures of Globalization, with Jen Fay (Routledge, 2009), and Feeling Modern: The Eccentricities of Public Life (University of Illinois Press, 2008).
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