Nicholas Rombes

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


Teaching Appointments

Pennsylvania State University:

Graduate Assistant and Graduate Lecturer, 1988-1994


University of Detroit Mercy:

Professor, 2005-present

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,

  1. (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

Dollar Radio.



The Absolution of Roberto Acestes Laing. Columbus: Two Dollar Radio Publishers, 2014.



Digital Projects

“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.


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 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.


“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,

Spring 1999.


“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