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Meet the Faculty

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Stephen F. Parmelee

Associate Professor of English and Film Studies

Division: Humanities/Teacher Education Division
Office: Cultural Arts Center (CAC) 106
Phone: (310) 506-4017
E-mail: stephen.parmelee@pepperdine.edu

  • Ph.D., English, Claremont Graduate University, 2006
  • M.A., English, Pepperdine University, 1983
  • B.A., Art, Pepperdine University, 1974


  • Los Angeles Literature and Film
  • English for International Students
  • Introduction to Literature
  • English Composition
  • Crime in Literature and Film
  • African-American Cinema
  • The History of the American Cinema
  • Great American Directors
  • British, French, and German Film
  • Rebels and Causes: The 1950s and Film
  • You Say You Want a Revolution: The 1960s and Film
  • Senior Project in Film Studies
  • Religion and Film
  • Internship in Film Studies

Key Awards/Affiliations:

  • Society for Cinema and Media Studies
  • Member, Modern Language Association

Academic Interests:

  • American cinema history
  • Film genres (film noir, the French gangster film, the Western)
  • Historical and popular cultures of Southern California in general and of Los Angeles in particular.

Selected Works:

  • "'Such Inexplicable Pain': Kon Ichikawa's The Burmese Harp." Christian Scholar's Review XL:4 (Summer 2011): 393-405.
  • "Dillwyn Parrish, Praise the Lord!, and Religious Fervor in Southern California in the 1930s." Christianity & Literature (61:1), Autumn 2011.
  • Writing substantial portions of and editing Pepperdine's self-study for accreditation with the Western Association of Schools and Colleges
  • "The Dilemma of the Christian Scholar." Part of seminar entitled "A Christian World View in the Classroom: What Does It Mean?" May 1993
  • Trouble in Paradise: Nine Southern California Novels, 1927-1940 (dissertation)
  • "Remembrance of Films Past: Film Posters on Film." Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television 29:2 (June 2009): 181-196.