Cynthia Fuchs

Cynthia Fuchs

Cynthia Fuchs

Associate Professor

Documentary, television, social media, war movies, sports media, black popular cultures, LGBTQ media, horror, action, and science fiction movies and TV, gender and sexuality

Cynthia Fuchs (PhD, University of Pennsylvania, 1989) is the Interim Director of Film at Mason (CVPA) and Associate Professor of English (CHSS), as well as a faculty member in African and African American Studies (AAAS) and Sport and American Culture; she is an Executive Committee member for Women and Gender Studies (WGST) and a member of the Senior Leadership Committee for CHSS. She is also affiliated with the CHSS MAIS program in War and the Military in Society

She is the creator and curator of the Visiting Filmmakers Series at Mason

Professor Fuchs was awarded the 2020 United Bank Presidential Medal for Faculty Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion.

Professor Fuchs is Contributing Editor for the weekly cultural studies magazine, PopMatters (she has been a writer and editor since 1999). She has also written reviews for  the Alliance of Women Film Journalists, Philadelphia Citypaper, Flow,, NPR, Time to Play Magazine, Morphizm, Creative Loafing, and Common Sense Media. See her page at Rotten Tomatoes.

Professor Fuchs is a frequent jurist for the Gotham Independent Film Awards. She has spoken at AFI Docs, Smithsonian American Art Museum, DC's Cinema Club, Arlington Cultural Affairs and Arlington Arts, the Virginia Film Office at the Rosebud Independent Film Festival, the Goethe-Institut in DC, and the Washington International Jewish Film Festival. 

Professor Fuchs has published articles on war films, documentaries, TV and sports, Brad Pitt, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Shakira, Juvenile, Jay-Z, Gollum, Prince, Madonna, Michael Jackson, and the Iraq war in media images.

She has edited several essay collections, including the following:

Spike Lee Interviews (2002)

Iraq War Cultures (2011)

Between the Sheets, in the Streets: Queer, Lesbian, Gay Documentary (Volume 1) (Visible Evidence) (1997)

Current Research

She is working on book manuscripts, one on sports documentaries and another on crisis documentaries.

Selected Publications

PopMatters Editor, Writer, and Contributing Editor 1989-now. 

"'A Few Brief Moments': Truth and Image in Sports Documentaries." Gender and Genre in Sports Documentaries: Critical Essays. Edited by Zachary Ingle and David M. Sutera. Scarecrow Press 2102. 

Iraq War Cultures. Co-editor. New York: Peter Lang Publishers (2011).

"Unsportsmanlike Call." In Media Res. 22 January 2009.

"'Did anyone ever explain to you what "secret identity" means?': Race and Displacement in Buffy and Dark Angel." Undead TV: Essays on Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Edited by Lisa Parks and Elana Levine. Duke University Press 2007.

"'I'm from rags to riches': The Death of Jay-Z." Medium Cool: Music Videos from Soundies to Cellphones. Edited by Roger Beebe and Jason Mittel. Durham NC: Duke University Press 2007.

"Un- de- re- classified: Adel Hamad's case goes to YouTube." In Media Res. 21 February 2007. 

"Too Big." Guernica. Winter 2005. 

"Taxi Driver: "I got some bad ideas in my head." Film Analysis: A Norton Reader. NYC: W.W. Norton & Company. Edited by Randy Rutsky. New York: Norton. 2005. 

"'The whole fucking world warped around me': bad kids and contexts." Bad: Infamy, Darkness, Evil, and Slime on Screen. Edited by Murray Pomerance. December 2003.

Spike Lee: Interviews. Editor. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi. 2002.

Courses Taught

English 370: Introduction to Documentary

English 371: TV and Twitter

English 372: Introduction to Film

English 373: Film and Video Forms

English 490: War Documentaries

English 493: Sports-race-media

English 414: Crisis Media

English 490: Race, Politics, Documentary

English 490: Black popular cultures