I'm a film and media scholar currently serving as a Postdoctoral Fellow and Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Gender Studies at Indiana University. Before that, I was a Lecturer and Program Coordinator of the Cinema Studies program at Northern Arizona University. I hold a Ph.D. in Communication and Culture (Film and Media Studies) from Indiana University, and am best known for my work on the historical and contemporary circulation of culturally disreputable genres (e.g., exploitation, horror, and adult films). In particular, my research agenda focuses on how filmmakers, media industries, and fan cultures revalue and make contemporary use of the pastness and materiality associated with genres that, whether through aesthetic shortcomings or outdated politics, have otherwise seemed destined for the dustbin of history. My work has been cited in over 300 different publications, and I'm  a founding member and programmer for SECS (Seattle Erotica Cinema Society) Fest, an annual sex-positive erotic film festival.

"Church is a vital voice in the study of popular cinema. We’ll be citing his stuff for many years to come." 

--New Review of Film & Television Studies

My research and teaching interests include:

  • U.S. and European film and media history

  • Film genres

  • Gender and sexuality studies

  • Film exhibition and reception

  • Fan studies and taste cultures

  • Media industry studies

  • Home video and platform studies

  • Disability studies

  • Cultural memory and media