Chris Yogerst

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Chris Yogerst

Assistant Professor
Communications-Theatre Arts
(262) 335-5250 x314
Office Hours / Schedule 

Office Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Friday 12:00-1:00 and by appointment.


Chris teaches courses in film, communication, and popular culture for the UW Colleges. In addition, he teaches American film history for Concordia University Wisconsin. Research interests include film genre and authorship as well as Hollywood history during the Golden Age. Current research is dedicated to a book focused on the cultural history of the Warner Bros. studio during the Great Depression. Chris regularly presents at national conferences and is currently the "Hollywood Studio System" area chair for the Film & History national conference. His work can be found in The Journal of Religion & FilmSenses of Cinema, the Journal of Film and Video, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, and The Atlantic Monthly


From the Battlefield to the Blacklist: Warner Bros. on the Frontlines (forthcoming)

From the Headlines to Hollywood: The Birth and Boom of Warner Bros. (Rowman & Littlefield, 2016).

Peer-Reviewed Journals:

“Rod Serling’s Vast Promised Land: Battling the FCC and Fighting for Mature Television 1959-1966." Journal of Historical Film, Radio, and Television. September 2017.

“Hughes, Hawks, and Hays: The Monumental Censorship Battle Over Scarface (1932).” The Journal of American Culture. June 2017.

“Superhero Films: A Fascist National Complex or Exemplars of Moral Virtue?” Journal of Religion & Film (Scheduled for publication in 2017).

“Affirmation of Myth and Nostalgia in The Shootist (1976) and True Grit (2010),” published in the The Quint: an Interdisciplinary Quarterly from the North; summer 2015.

“Faith Under the Fedora: Indiana Jones and the Heroic Journey Towards God,” published in the Journal of Religion & Film; October 2014.

Book Chapters:

“Individuation and the Psychology of Rebirth.” Wonder Woman Psychology, edited by Dr. Travis Langley and Mara Wood (Sterling Publishing, 2017).

“Rules for Surviving a Horror-Comedy: Satiric Genre Transformation from Scream to Zombieland.” Chapter in The Laughing Dead: The Horror-Comedy Film from Bride of Frankenstein to Zombieland. (Rowman & Littlefield, 2016).

Forthcoming Book Chapters:

“Aristotle and the Wild West: The Western as Rhetorical Device.” Classics and the Western, edited by Sue Matheson. (Due out 2018 from MacFarland Press).

Encyclopedia Entries:

Entries for Alfred Hitchcock, Steven Spielberg, Hollywood and World War II, the Hollywood Sign, and Warner Bros. for Hooray For Hollywood: The Cultural Encyclopedia of America’s Dream Factory” (Rowman & Littlefield, 2016).

Book/Film Reviews in Academic Journals:

Menus for Movieland: Newspapers and the Emergence of American Film Culture, 1913–1916 (Book Review), forthcoming in Film & History.

“Los Angeles Plays Itself (Film Review),” published in Film & History; summer 2016.

“The Hollywood Sign: Fantasy and Reality of an American Icon (Book Review)” published in The Journal of Film and Video; Spring/Summer 2013 issue.

“The Philosophy of the Western (Book Review)” published in issue 59 of Senses of Cinema; June 2011.

Popular Press:

“In An Always-On World, Maybe We Don’t Need to Watch It All – Right Now.” Published March 23rd, 2015 in The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

“Stop Calling Superheroes Fascist.” Published December 3rd, 2013 in The Atlantic Monthly.


B.A., Film studies and English, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

M.A., Critical studies in film and television, Regent University

Ph.D., Communication with an emphasis on American film studies, Regent University

Professional Memberships

Popular Culture Association
Society for Cinema and Media Studies
Film & History