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Zachary Price

Zachary Price

Educational Background

Cornell University, PhD
University of Chicago, BA



Zachary Price is a Lecturer in the English Department after having completed his PhD in May 2019. He works in cinema studies with a focus on medical humanities, and his research specializes in medical aesthetics of the body and narratives of bodily transformation in horror and science fiction films. In his dissertation, Molecular Terror: Medical Vision, Biopolitics, and Visceral Effects in Contemporary Film, he investigates how special effects portraying the inside of the body produce new conceptions of interiority that flatten psychology onto cellular processes. The digital revolution in special effects over the last twenty years has created photo-realistic images of previously inaccessible spaces and scales of the body; however, these images require the narratives in which they appear to restructure questions of gender, identity, and violence at a new molecular scale. His dissertation explores the consequences of a molecular understanding of the body and expands on special effects scholarship through theories of molecularization by Michel Foucault, Gilles Deleuze, and Nikolas Rose.

He has published in Horror Studies on bodily manipulation in Pedro Almodóvar’s The Skin I Live In, and in Screen on flat affect and post-industrial vampires. He has offered courses in both the English department and the Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies program including “Short Stories: Horror Films,” “Mystery in the Story,” “Queer Cinema,” “Sickness and Cinema,” and “Addictive Media.” He currently serves as the graduate representative for the Media, Science, and Technology Scholarly Interest Group at the Society for Cinema and Media Studies.


  • English
  • Feminist, Gender & Sexuality Studies Program


  • Cinema Studies
  • Film History and Genre
  • Queer Theory
  • Gender and Sexuality
  • Medical Humanities


Fall 2019


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