Cynthia Fuchs

Cynthia Fuchs
Titles and Organizations

Interim Director, Film and Video Studies, CVPA 
Director, Visiting Filmmakers Series

Contact Information

Phone: 703-993-3287

Campus: Fairfax
Building: College Hall Room C100D


Cynthia Fuchs (PhD, University of Pennsylvania, 1989) is the interim Director of Film at Mason (CVPA) and Associate Professor of English (CHSS), as well as a faculty member in African and African American Studies (AAAS) and Sport and American Culture; she is an Executive Committee member for Women and Gender Studies (WGST). She is also affiliated with the Center for the Study of Sport and Leisure in Society and War and the Military in Society. 

She is the creator and curator of the Visiting Filmmakers Series at Mason

Professor Fuchs is Contributing Editor for the weekly cultural studies magazine, PopMatters (she has been a writer and editor since 1999). She has also written reviews for Time to Play Magazine, the Alliance of Women Film Journalists, Philadelphia Citypaper,, NPR, Morphizm, Creative Loafing, and Common Sense Media. She is a frequent jurist for the Gotham Independent Film Awards. She has spoken at AFI Docs, Smithsonian American Art Museum, DC's Cinema Club, Arlington Cultural Affairs and Arlington Arts, the Virginia Film Office at the Rosebud Independent Film Festival, the Goethe-Institut in DC, and the Washington International Jewish Film Festival. 

Professor Fuchs has published articles on war films, documentaries, TV and sports, Brad Pitt, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Shakira, Juvenile, Jay-Z, Gollum, Prince, Madonna, Michael Jackson, and the Iraq war in media images.

"'A Few Brief Moments': Truth and Image in Sports Documentaries." Gender and Genre in Sports Documentaries: Critical Essays. Edited by Zachary Ingle and David M. Sutera. Scarecrow Press 2012. 

Iraq War Cultures. Co-editor. New York: Peter Lang Publishers (2011).

"Unsportsmanlike Call." In Media Res. 22 January 2009.

"'Did anyone ever explain to you what "secret identity" means?': Race and Displacement in Buffy and Dark Angel." Undead TV: Essays on Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Edited by Lisa Parks and Elana Levine. Duke University Press 2007.

"'I'm from rags to riches': The Death of Jay-Z." Medium Cool: Music Videos from Soundies to Cellphones. Edited by Roger Beebe and Jason Mittel. Durham NC: Duke University Press 2007.

"Un- de- re- classified: Adel Hamad's case goes to YouTube." In Media Res. 21 February 2007. 

"Too Big." Guernica. Winter 2005. 

"Taxi Driver: "I got some bad ideas in my head." Film Analysis: A Norton Reader. NYC: W.W. Norton & Company. Edited by Randy Rutsky. New York: Norton. 2005. 

"'The whole fucking world warped around me': bad kids and contexts." Bad: Infamy, Darkness, Evil, and Slime on Screen. Edited by Murray Pomerance. December 2003.

Spike Lee: Interviews. Editor. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi. 2002.

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