Associate Professor, English and Film Studies
Director of Film Studies Minor
Ph.D., Indiana University, 2005
Office: Alumni Hall 208
Dr. Barker is an Associate Professor and Advisor for the Film Studies Minor. She specializes in film history and aesthetics, animation, cultural studies, and transatlantic modernism. Her research interests also include visual studies, theories of cosmopolitanism, collage, and the legacies of antifascism. She was a Fulbright Lecturer in Kyoto, Japan during 2015-2016, and previous awards include a Post-Doctoral Fellowship at Stanford University and a NEH Summer Seminar Grant. Author of The Aesthetics of Antifascist Film: Radical Projection (Routledge, 2012; reprint 2016), she has published in a number of journals and book collections including Animation: An Interdisciplinary Journal, Literature/Film Quarterly, Journal of African American Studies, and Beloved and Rejected: Cinema in the Young Federal Republic of Germany from 1949 to 1963.
Dr. Barker studied at Tulane University, the University of Oregon, Indiana University and the University of Wales. In addition to Bellarmine University, she has taught courses at Stanford, East Tennessee State, Kyoto University of Foreign Studies, Doshisha, and Kwansei Gakuin, as well as summer courses in Scotland and Paris. Courses taught include the history of animation, contemporary global cinema, film history and theory, film adaptation, modernism, film noir, musicals, horror film, and introductory classes on literature, composition, and creative writing.
- "The Cute, the Violent, and the Existential: 43rd Annual Annecy Animation International Film Festival." Mubi Notebook. 24 July 2019.
- Film Review of Manta Ray (2018). Cinema Scope 77. January 2019.
- "Kabei: Our Mother." Trans. Lauri Timonen. Filmihullu. 5/2018. 44-5.
- Film Reviews of Roma (Alfonso Cuarón), Vox Lux (Brady Corbet), Manta Ray (Phuttiphong Aroonpheng), Non-Fiction (Olivier Assayas), Driven and The Journey (Nick Hamm), Sámi Blood (Amanda Kernell). Cinema Scope Online, September 2018 and 2016.
- "The Stranger: Murderers Among Us." Essay on Orson Welles’ The Stranger (1946) for Olive Films DVD release: July 2017.
- "Undistinguished Citizens: The Guilty, the Nobodies, and the Untamed."; Review Essay of La región salvaje, by Amat Escalate, El Ciudadano Ilustre, by Mariano Cohn and Gastón Duprat, Los Nadie, by Juan Sebastián Mesa, and Pariente, by Iván D. Gaona. Latin American Perspectives 44:4 (July 2017): 247-253.
- "Dort und Hier': Hans Fisherkoesen in the 1950s. "Beloved and Rejected: Cinema in the Young Federal Republic of Germany from 1949 to 1963. Frankfurt am Main: Deutsches Filminstitut: 2016.
- "Animation in Translation: Hollywood and Japan."Newsletter of the Tohoku Association for American Studies 67 (June): 2016.
- "Cosmopolitanism and Animated Kinography in Persepolis and Sita Sings the Blues."Review of Western History (Kwangaku Seiyoshi Ronshu) 39 (March 2016): 49-60.
- "Film and Culture in Translation: Teaching Hollywood's Golden Age in Japan." Review of Western History (Kwangaku Seiyoshi Ronshu) 39 (March 2016): 61-69.
- "Tilt-Shift Flânerie: Miniature View, Globalscape." Animation: An Interdisciplinary Journal 9.2 (July 2014): 177-195.
- The Aesthetics of Antifascist Film: Radical Projection. New York: Routledge, 2012.
- "Documenting Genocide in Orson Welles' The Stranger." Film and Genocide. Eds. Kristi Wilson and Tomás Crowder-Taraborrelli. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 2012. 45-66.
- Guest Editor with Dr. Kirstin Ellsworth. "Women Inventing the 1950s." Special Issue of "Women's Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal 40:8 (November 2011).
- "Hollywood, Black Animation, and the Problem of Representation in The Princess and the Frog and Little Ol’ Bosko." Journal of African American Studies 14.4 (2010): 482-98.
- "Indifference, Identification and Desire in Woolf's Three Guineas, Riefenstahl's The Blue Light, and Sagan's Maedchen in Uniform." Women in German Yearbook 26 (2010): 73-96.
- "'A Hero Will Rise': The Myth of the Fascist Man in Fight Club" and Gladiator. Literature/Film Quarterly 36:3 (August 2008): 171-87.
- "Double Exposure: De-composing the 'Nazi Idyll' in Kay Boyle's Death of a Man." Kay Boyle for the 21st Century: New Essays. Ed. Thomas Austenfeld. Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier, 2008. 43-61.
- "Segregation at the Movies, 1905-1950."African Americans in Cinema: The First Half Century. Ed. Phyllis Klotman. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2003.