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Nick Davis

Alumnae of Northwestern Teaching Professor; Associate Professor of English

Ph.D. Cornell University


Nick Davis (Ph.D. Cornell University) teaches and writes in the areas of film, queer theory, feminist and gender studies, and American literature. His book The Desiring-Image: Gilles Deleuze and Contemporary Queer Cinema theorizes a new model of queer cinema based more on formal principles than identity politics, drawing heavily on Deleuzian philosophies of film, desire, and unpredictable production. He has published essays on Alfonso Cuarón's Y tu mamá también, Julie Dash's Illusions, John Cameron Mitchell's Shortbus, Ang Lee's Brokeback Mountain, Pixar's The Incredibles, James Baldwin's Blues for Mister Charlie, and the politically radicalized actresses Julie Christie and Vanessa Redgrave. Forthcoming work includes essays on Todd Haynes's I'm Not There and William Friedkin's The Boys in the Band, plus a developing book project on vexed depictions of sexual consent in recent global cinema. Since 1998, he has been the author of the film reviews at

He is currently one of the holders of the 2017 Alumnae of Northwestern Teaching Professorship, the University’s highest award for distinguished teaching and curriculum innovation.


American: 20th Century, Gender Studies, Theatre & Drama, Critical Race & Ethnicity Studies, Film & Film Theory


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