Meadows School of the Arts 2022
Kevin Heffernan is associate professor in the Division of Film and Media Arts in the Meadows School of the Arts. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Kevin has taught courses in film history, styles and genres, and Asian cinema. He is author of Ghouls, Gimmicks and Gold, a study of the postwar American horror film, published by Duke University Press; and his writings on exploitation film, censorship, Hong Kong cinema and film distribution can be found in many journals and anthologies. In addition, Professor Heffernan was the associate producer and co-screenwriter of two feature-length documentaries, Divine Trash, which won the Filmmakers Trophy in Documentary at the 1998 Sundance Film Festival, and In Bad Taste, which debuted on the Independent Film Channel in 2000. Both films are regularly shown on Bravo! He is also the co-author, with the late Frances Milstead and Steve Yeager, of My Son Divine from Alyson Books, which was on the Washington Blade Lesbian and Gay Best Seller List in 2000 and 2001. He is currently writing a book on contemporary Asian cinema tentatively titled A Wind From the East and another book tentatively titled From Beavis and Butt Head to the Tea Baggers: Dumb White Guy Politics and Culture in America.