Kevin Wynter

Assistant Professor of Media Studies
With Pomona Since: 2018
  • Expertise


    Kevin Wynter is a film and media scholar whose research on the history and theory of the moving image is informed by interdisciplinary training in film and media studies, critical theory and continental philosophy. He focuses on body genres and contemporary European art cinema, screen histories of race and representation, psychoanalytic theory and Black popular culture. At the core of his work is a concern with relationality both as a problem reflected in forms of violence on screen, and in a more theoretical and political vein, as an issue of paramount importance in an increasingly networked and technological world.

    Research Interests

    • Body Genres (Horror, Pornography, Melodrama)
    • Critical Race Studies
    • Cinemas of Despair 
    • Time
    • Memory
    • Violence

    Areas of Expertise


    • European Art Cinema
    • American Independent Cinema
    • Horror Genre
    • Digital Gaming
    • Black Popular Culture


    • Film Theory
    • Critical Race Theory
    • Psychoanalytic Theory
    • Continental Philosophy
  • Work



    Critical Race Theory and Jordan Peele’s Get Out. New York: Bloomsbury Press, 2022

    Peer-reviewed Articles

    “The Exorbitant Mirror: Violence, Disavowal, and the Logic of Terror in The White Ribbon,” Journal of Cinema and Media Studies, 61.1 (Fall 2021).

    Book Chapters

    “Introduction to the Continental Horror Film,” Transnational Horror Cinema: Bodies of Excess and the Global Grotesque. Palgrave-MacMillan, February 2017

    Selected Articles

    “Towards a Theory of Virtual Pornography: A Phenomenological Introduction to Interactive Sex Simulators in the ‘Naïve Realist’ Paradigm,” CineAction, March 2008

    “Excesses of Millennial Capitalism, Excesses of Violence: Several Critical Fragments Regarding the Cinema of Michael Haneke,” CineAction, June 2007

    Public Talks and Interviews

    UMF The New Commons Project Keynote: The Final Brother: On Horror and Black Survivability

    Toyland documentary, interview

    Ideas@Pomona interview with Aditya Sood

    Pomona College Presidential Dialogues: Cultivating Empathy in a Time of Division, panel discussion


    BFI's The Greatest Films of All Time 2022 poll, voter

  • Education


    University of California, Berkeley

    York University

    Hon. B.A.
    University of Toronto

    Recent Courses Taught

    • Screening Violence
    • Film Noir
    • The Cinema of David Lynch
    • The Modern American Horror Film
    • Introduction to Media Studies
    • Film Theory and Aesthetics
  • Awards & Honors

    Awards & Honors

    Chancellor’s Fellowship for Graduate Study
    University of California, Berkeley, 2007 – 2012

    UC Dissertation Year Fellowship
    University of California, Berkeley, 2012

    Dean’s Normative Time Fellowship
    University of California, Berkeley, 2010

    Incoming Graduate Scholarship
    York University, 2005