I received a B.S. in Business Administration with majors in Public Administration, English, and Political Science and a minor in Cinema Studies at the University of Tennessee. Continuing at Tennessee, I earned a Masters in English Literature. Broadly, my research concerns film—particularly American film—and the extent to which it forms, reinforces, and disseminates cultural practice. More specifically, I am interested in both Hollywood and state-sanctioned/produced films that were constructed and appropriated as ideological weapons during the Cold War, the conditions of production behind many of these films, and the channels by which they were conveyed.