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Associate Professor (1992)
B.A. Webster University
M.A. University of Texas, Austin
Ph.D. University of Texas, Austin
Dr. Schaefer is a film and media historian who specializes in exploitation film and other marginalized cinemas. He is the author of the award-winning "Bold! Daring! Shocking! True!": A History of Exploitation Films, 1919–1959 (Duke University Press), now in its third printing. His edited collection, Sex Scene: Media and the Sexual Revolution, was recently published by Duke.
Dr. Schaefer's essays have been published in Cinema Journal, Film History, Film Quarterly, The Moving Image and other journals, and in anthologies including Looking Past the Screen: Case Studies in American Film History and Method (Duke UP), Sleaze Artists: Cinema at the Margins of Taste, Style, and Politics (Duke UP), American Cinema of the 1960s: Themes and Variations (Rutgers UP), The Wiley-Blackwell History of American Film (Blackwell) and Learning With the Lights Off: Educational Film in the United States (Oxford UP). He is working on Massacre of Pleasure: A History of Sexploitation Films, 1960–1979 and on a collection of interviews with "adults only" filmmakers.
Dr. Schaefer has served on the editorial board of The Moving Image, the journal of the Association of Moving Image Archivists (AMIA), since its inception in 2001 and on the Board of Advisors of Northeast Historic Film for over 15 years. He has twice served on the Board of Directors of the Society for Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS) was the recipient of the 2012 SCMS Service Award. He was recently named a Collections Advisor for the Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender and Reproduction at Indiana University.