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

Book Chapters:

“Rules for Surviving a Horror/Comedy: Satiric Genre Transformation from Scream to Zombieland.” Book chapter in Laughing in the Face of Undeath: Comic Horror on Screen (Rowman & Littlefield, 2016).

Selected Publications:

Entries on Alfred Hitchcock, Steven Spielberg, Hollywood and World War II, the Hollywood Sign, and Warner Bros. in Hooray for Hollywood: A Cultural Encyclopedia of America's Dream Factory (2016).

“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.

“In An Always-On World, Maybe We Don’t Need to Watch It All – Right Now," The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel; March 2015

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

"Stop Calling Superheroes Fascist," The Atlantic Monthly; December 2013.

“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 the Senses of Cinema journal (June 2011).



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