Nick Schlegel

Associate Professor of Communication Studies
Psychology & Communication
College of Liberal Arts & Sciences


  • BA: Telecom & Film, Eastern Michigan University, 1995
  • MA: Media Arts & Studies, Wayne State University, 2002
  • PhD: Media Arts & Studies, Wayne State University, 2011

Specialties / Areas of Interest

  • Political Economy of Media
  • Genre Studies (particularly horror, cult, and exploitation cinema with a global emphasis)
  • Film History and Historiography
  • Media Literacy
  • Social Media
  • Classic and Contemporary Television
  • Film & Video Production
  • Screenwriting
  • Media History, Aesthetics & Theory
  • Documentary Film
  • Film Music
  • Popular Culture

Research, Publications, & Presentations

Research & Publications

  • My next book project proposes to classify, identify and examine the highly stylized and significant German Krimis (abbreviation for the German term Kriminalfilm or criminal film). International research commences in 2018.
  • Monster of London City: Edgar Wallace, New German Cinema, and the Krimi Phenomenon. Lexington Books. Contracted.
  • Sex, Sadism, Spain, and Cinema: The Spanish Horror Film. Rowman & Littlefield, June 2015.
  • “Hallo, hier spricht Jess Franco: How Franco Recoded the Krimi.” The Films of Jess Franco. Wayne State University Press, Spring 2018.
  • "Mondo Mundo: Sound Design and Innovation in Mexico's El Mundo de los Vampiros." Mexican Horror Films: Studies in the Horror Film. McFarland, forthcoming.
  • "Identity Crisis: Imperialist Vampires in Japan?" Draculas, Vampires, and Other Undead Forms: Essays on Gender, Race and Culture. Eds: Kay Picart and John Edgar Browning. Scarecrow Press, 2009.

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