Joseph Kestner

McFarlin Professor of EnglishProfessor of Film StudiesZink Hall 365
(918)631-2817; 631-2557; 631-2969

Areas of research and interest include: Film History, Film Theory, Film Genres (Noir, Neo-Noir, Horror); Nineteenth-Century British Literature, Art, Music; Opera; Greek and Roman Literature; Classical Mythology and its interpretations; Masculinity Theory; Men’s Studies; Gender Studies; Adventure Fiction; Jane Austen, Thomas Hardy, Joseph Conrad, Detective Literature; Film and Literature; Literature and Psychology.

Education and Degrees Earned

  • B.A. English/Classics, University of New York at Albany
  • M.A. (honors) English, Columbia University, New York City
  • Ph.D. English/Classics, Columbia University
  • Film and Screenplay Analysis, The New School, New York City

Courses Taught at TU

  • 18th-Century British Fiction (ENGL 7223)
  • 19th-Century British Fiction (ENGL 7383)
  • Film Genres: Sci-Fi/The Western/Horror/Film (FLM 4163)
  • Film History (FLM 2273)
  • Film Theory and Criticism (FLM 2283)
  • Literature and Film (ENGL 3053)
  • Modern British Fiction (ENGL 7453)

Awards & Recognition

  • Distinguished Professor Award, University of Tulsa
  • Fellowship, Anne S. K. Brown Military Collection, Brown University.
  • Mortarboard Professor of the Year, University of Tulsa
  • New York State Regents’ Fellow, Columbia University
  • Oklahoma Professor of the Year, Council for Advancement and Support of Education.
  • President’s Fellow, Columbia University
  • Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Fellow, Columbia University


  • Author of 7 books and over 100 professional journal articles