Novelist and Author of "Cinema in the Digital Age"
Ph.D. English Pennsylvania State University, 1994
M.A. English Pennsylvania State University, 1990
B.S. English Bowling Green State University, 1987
Pennsylvania State University:
Graduate Assistant and Graduate Lecturer, 1988-1994
University of Detroit Mercy:
Associate Professor, 1998-2005
Assistant Professor, 1995-98
Scholarly Books and Edited Collections
Cinema in the Digital Age. New York: Columbia University Press, 2017. (Revised, second
A Cultural Dictionary of Punk: 1974-1982. New York: Bloomsbury, 2009.
New Punk Cinema. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press,
- (Edited collection)
Ramones. Nicholas Rombes. New York: Bloomsbury, 2005. (Translated into Italian and
published by Minimum Fax, Rome, 2017).
The Removals. Written and Directed by Nicholas Rombes. 2014. Production Company: Two
The Absolution of Roberto Acestes Laing. Columbus: Two Dollar Radio Publishers, 2014.
“The Blue Velvet Project,” at Filmmaker Magazine, 2012.
For this experimental form of film writing, I paused David Lynch’s film Blue Velvet
Every 47 seconds, took the frame, and used it as the basis for writing. https://filmmakermagazine.com/50240-blue-velvet-project-creator-nicholas-rombes/#.W47IOpMzrow
On the basis of this, the project was translated into Spanish and published by the Mar Del Plata Film Festival. I was invited to the film festival in 2012.to speak about the project and to introduce the Blue Velvet to an Argentinian audience.
Book Chapters and Journal Articles
“Punk Movies.” In Punk Is Dead: Modernity Killed Every Night. Edited by Richard Cabut and
Andrew Gallix. Winchester, UK: Zero Books, 2017.
“Introduction.” In New Punk Cinema. Edited by Nicholas Rombes. Edinburgh: Edinburgh
University Press, 2005: pp. 1-18.
“Sincerity and Irony.” In New Punk Cinema. Edited by Nicholas Rombes. Edinburgh:
Edinburgh University Press, 2005: pp. 72-85.
“Professor DVD.” In The CTheory Reader. Edited by Arthur and Marilouise Kroker. Vancouver, Canada: CTheory Books, 2004. [This chapter is an invited reprint of my essay “Professor DVD” which originally appeared in CTheory, Spring 2002.]
“David Lynch’s Post-Punk Poetics.” In The Cinema of David Lynch. Edited by Erica Sheen and Annette Davison. London: Wallflower Press, 2004.
“From A to S(even): A Racial Taxonomy of the Contemporary Serial Killer Film.”
In Post Script: Essays in Film and the Humanities. Vol. 22, number 2. Winter/Spring 2003.
“The Real Strikes Back.” In Exquisite Corpse, edited by Andrei Codrescu, Issue 10, Fall/Winter 2001-02. www.corpse.org.
“Federalism and Conflict.” In Teaching the Literatures of Early America, edited by
Carla Mulford. New York: Modern Language Association of America, 2000.
“Restoration, American Style.” In CTHEORY, edited by Arthur and Marilouise Kroker,
“Sarah Ewing Hall.” In Dictionary of Literary Biography: American Women
Prose Writers to 1820. Edited by Carla Mulford. Detroit: Gale Research, 1999.
“Cheating with Sound: Imagining Civic Virtue in Federalist America.” In Arizona
Quarterly 54.4 (Winter 1998): 1-24. (Lead essay)
Recent Essays for Wider Readership
The following articles appeared in Filmmaker Magazine in 2017:
“Seducing the Future” (September)
“Reactionary Wokeness” (June)
“Incoherent Cinema” (April)
“Trumpian Images” (January)
“Twin Peaks: A Language More Powerful than Words” (June)
“Punk Before Punk: An Appreciation of Night of the Living Dead.” Berfrois (online). 2017.
“The White Worm: Shane Carruth’s Upstream Color.” The Los Angeles Review of Books (online). 2013.
Conferences / speaking
Invited lecturer (via Skype) on topic of digital cinema at Falmouth University, UK. March 2018.
“Vertical Time in Shane Carruth’s Upstream Color,” Screen Arts and Cultures Program,
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. April 2014.
“Digital Noise and the Humanities,” Amsterdam Centre for Globalisation Studies, University of
Amsterdam, Netherlands. November 2013.
“Visual Convergences,” Visual Culture Workshop, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. October
“Nat Turner: A Troublesome Property.” Invited Panelist. Sponsored by Departments of History
and Communication Studies, the African American Studies Program, and the Black
Abolitionist Archives. University of Detroit Mercy. September 2003.
“You Can’t Get There from Here: Hypertext’s Obstructionist Aesthetics.” Department of
English Colloquium on Hypertext. University of Detroit Mercy. November 2002.
Invited readings from my novel
Literati Bookstore, Ann Arbor – November 14, 2014
Capital University, Columbus, OH – February 11, 2015
Mission Creek Festival, Iowa City – April 3, 2015
Magers & Quinn Booksellers, Minneapolis – April 7, 2015
Art Academy of Cincinnati – October 2015
Monsters of Poetry, Madison, WI – October 2015
Administration, Service and Program Development at Detroit Mercy
Co-Director, The Honors Program, 2017-present
McNicholas Faculty Assembly (Faculty Senate), 2015-present
Chair, English Department, 2006-2011
Director, Master of Arts in Liberal Studies Program, 2001-04
Affiliated Faculty member, Women’s Studies, 1995-present
Liberal Arts Representative to the University Promotion and Tenure Committee,
2000-2003; 2012-2015 (elected)
University Core Curriculum Maintenance Committee, 2003-05
College of Liberal Arts and Education Academic Grievance Committee, 2004-2007
Department of English Undergraduate Curriculum Committee, 1997-2010
Reader, Dudley Randall Poetry Contest, 1996-present