Nicole Richter, Ph.D.

School of Fine and Performing Arts
Creative Arts Center T005, 3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy., Dayton, OH 45435-0001

Dr. Nicole Richter is Head of the Tom Hanks Center for Motion Pictures at Wright State and Professor of Film Studies. She is a leading international film scholar whose research focuses on women and queer cinema. She is the author of the textbook The Moving Image: A Complete Introduction to Film.

Her work has been published in numerous journals and edited collections, including the Journal of Bisexuality, Short Film Studies, Feminism at the Movies, Queer Love in Film and Television and The Films of Wes Anderson. She is the founder of KinoFemme and KinoQueer, respectively women’s filmmaking and queer filmmaking collectives. She teaches a wide variety of media studies courses including philosophy and film, cinema and sexuality, animation, feminist film theory, and film history. She received the College of Liberal Arts Outstanding Teaching Award and the university wide Faculty Diversity Advocate Award from Multicultural Affairs and Community Engagment in 2016. She serves on the editorial board for Short Film Studies and formerly served as President of FilmDayton. 

Curriculum Vitae

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Education History

  • Ph.D. Communication with a Film Studies Emphasis, University of Miami, Florida
  • MA Film Studies from University of Miami, Florida 
  • BA Philosophy, Psychology from Concordia College Moorhead, Minnesota 


  • Film Appreciation
  • History of Motion Picture III
  • Aspects of Contemporary Cinema
  • Gender in Cinema
  • What is Cinema?
  • Feminist Film Theory
  • Film Noir
  • Alfred Hitchcock 
  • Animation
  • Romantic Comedy
  • Melodrama 
  • Short Film History 
  • Contemporary Film Culture
  • Studies in Selected Subjects
  • Philosophy and Film
  • Cinema and Sexuality
  • Advanced Critical Writing
  • Chantal Akerman & Catherine Breillat
  • Independent Study in Film History, Theory, and Criticism


  • The Moving Image: A Complete Intrdouction to Film, Cognella: San Diego, 2018. 
  • "1990s Dark Comedy and the Female Screenwriter." Women Do Genre in Film and Television, Routledge, 2017.
  • "Early American Alice Comedies." Tantalizing Alice: Approaches, Concepts and Case-Studies in Adaptations of a Classic, Frankfurt: WVT, 2016. 
  • "A Feminist Politics of the Everyday in The Beach," Short Film Studies, Intellect, 7 (1), 2016.
  • "Scarlett Johansson’s Cyberfeminist Cyborg,” Comunicazioni Sociali. Journal of Media, Performing Arts and Cultural Studies, Vita E Pensiero, 37 (3), 2015.
  • “Filming the Impossible: An Interview with Catherine Breillat,” Reverse Shot, 2015.
  • Richter, Nicole. "The Short Films of Wes Anderson."The Films of Wes Anderson: Critical Essays on an Indiewood Icon, New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014. 
  • Richter, Nicole. "Unravelling the Body-without-organs in Body Memory." Short Film Studies, Intellect, Vol. 4, October 2014. 
  • Richter, Nicole. "Bisexual Erasure in 'Lesbian Vampire' Film Theory." The Journal of =Bisexuality, Taylor and Francis Group, 13(2), April 2013. 
  • Richter, Nicole. “Trans Love in New Trans Cinema.” Queer Love in Film and Television. Palgrave Macmillen, 2013.
  • Richter, Nicole. “Ambiguous Bisexuality: The Case of A Shot at Love with Tila Tequila.” The Journal of Bisexuality, Taylor and Francis Group, 11(1), January 2011.
  • Lane, Christina and Nicole Richter. “The Feminist Poetics of Sofia Coppola: Spectacle and Self- Consciousness in Marie Antoinette.” Feminism at the Movies. New York: Routledge, 2011.
  • Richter, Nicole. “Dressing the Body in Memories.” Short Film Studies, Intellect, Vol. 1, January 2011.
  • Richter, Nicole. “Women in Sculpture,” "Animal Rights," and "Self-Mutilation." The Multimedia Encyclopedia of Women in Today’s World. Los Angeles: SAGE Publications, 2011.
  • Richter, Nicole. Review of Hollywood Romantic Comedy: States of the Union, 1934-1965, by Kathrina Glitre. MLN 122 (2007): 1197-1200.
  • Richter, Nicole. “American Literature on Stage and Screen: 525 Works and their Adaptations,”by Thomas S. Hischak , Studies in American Naturalism, The University of Nebraska Press, Volume 8 Number 1, Summer 2013. 

Professional Affiliations/Memberships

  • Society for Cinema and Media Studies
  • Popular Culture Association
  • American Culture Association
  • FilmDayton 


  • Faculty Diversity Advocate Award
  • COLA Outstanding Teaching Award 
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