Sean Cobb


Assistant Professor in English and Program Director in Film and Media Studies

I'm so happy to be teaching at Gustavus Adolphus College.  The students are amazing and I hope that I can contribute to their learning, appreciation, and understanding of American film, literature and culture. 

I'm particularly interested in the intersection between literature and film, and how visual culture shapes literature. I completed my PhD at the University of Arizona in Tucson and wrote my dissertation on the historical deployment of paranoia around fears of the border and terrorism. Currently, I'm working on film and politics, in particular how public political space is represented in film.  

I'm deeply committed to visual and cultural literacy and believe that the English major should train students to become actively engaged in reading and interpreting the world around them, and have fun in the process.


University of Arizona, B.A., M.A., Ph.D.

Courses Taught


ENG-108 (Intro to Screenwriting)

Synonym Title Times Taught Terms Taught
ENG-142Film Art & History162016/FA, 2015/FA, 2013/FA, 2012/FA, 2011/FA, 2010/FA, 2009/FA, and 2008/FA
ENG-101Read:Film and Society92016/SP, 2014/SP, 2012/SP, 2011/SP, 2009/SP, and 2008/FA
ENG-142Film Art/History Lab72015/FA, 2013/FA, 2012/FA, 2011/FA, 2010/FA, 2009/FA, and 2008/FA
ENG-140Horror Films52016/JN, 2013/JN, 2011/JN, and 2010/JN
ENG-101Read:Film & Soc Lab42016/SP, 2014/SP, 2012/SP, and 2011/SP
FTS-100First Term Seminar42012/FA, 2011/FA, 2010/FA, and 2009/FA
ENG-122American Literature II32014/SP, 2011/SP, and 2009/SP
ENG-399Senior Seminar22013/FA and 2010/SP
ENG-248Film Theory22013/SP and 2011/SP
ENG-248Film Theory Lab22013/SP and 2011/SP
ENG-121American Literature I22013/SP and 2012/SP
ENG-102Literary Studies12016/FA
NDL-268Career Exploration12012/JN
ENG-337Contemporary American Literature12010/SP
ENG-244Special Topic: Film Lab12009/SP
ENG-244Special Topic: Crime Film and Fiction12009/SP