Derek Nystrom

Derek Nystrom
Contact Information
514-398-4400 Ext. 09313
Email address: 
derek.nystrom [at]

Arts 250
Arts Building
853 Sherbrooke Street West
Montreal, QC H3A 0G5

Faculty Members
Associate Professor
Cultural Studies
Specialization by geographical area: 
United States
Specialization by time period: 
Film & Television
Archives & Bibliography
Critical Theory
Identity & Representation

B.A. hon. (University of Wisconsin); M.A., Ph.D. (University of Virginia), Associate Professor

Current research: 

Book project on 1930s Hollywood and the cinematic pre-history of precarity

Selected publications: 

"Easy Riders, Raging Yuppies: Lost in America and the Work of the Professional-Managerial Class." ReFocus: The Films of Albert Brooks, edited by Christian B. Long, Edinburgh University Press, 2021, pp. 150-170.

"Thirteen Ways of Looking at High Flying Bird," Los Angeles Review of Books, 10 April 2019.

"Callin' From the Fun House: Jim Jarmusch's Gimme Danger," Los Angeles Review of Books. Nov. 2016. 

"Of Christians and Communists: Joel and Ethan Coen's Hail, Caesar!". Los Angeles Review of Books. March 2016. 

"American Cinema, 1976-Present," *Oxford Bibiliographies in Cinema and Media Studies. Ed. Krin Gabbard. New York: Oxford UP, May 2015. 

"At Home in Crisis: The Alienated Emotional Labor of Up in the Air," Radical History Review 118 (Winter 2014): 175-181.

"Haut-Bourgeois Precarity in Boston: The Company Men," Post45. Jan. 2013.

“The New Hollywood,” The Wiley-Blackwell History of American Film (4 vols): Volume III: 1946-1975. Eds. Roy Grundmann, Cynthia Lucia, Art Simon. West Sussex, UK: Blackwell, 2012. 409-434.

The Gaze at Work: Knowledge Relations and Class Spectatorship,” Iowa Journal of Cultural Studies 12/13 (Spring 2010): 23-36. 

Hard Hats, Rednecks, and Macho Men: Class in 1970s American Cinema (New York: Oxford UP, 2009).

Fear of Falling Sideways: Alexander Payne’s Rhetoric of Class” Postmodern Culture 16.1 (September 2005).

“Hard Hats and Movie Brats: Auteurism and the Class Politics of the New Hollywood,” Cinema Journal 43.3 (Spring 2004).

Against Bosses, Against Oligarchies: An Interview with Richard Rorty. With Derek Nystrom and Kent Puckett. Charlottesville, VA: Prickly Pear Press, 1998. (Reprinted as Prickly Paradigm #3, 2002. Also translated into Portuguese, German, and Japanese.).

Taught previously at: 

Skidmore College, University of Virginia.

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