Faculty Experts - Susan Mackey-Kallis, Ph.D.

Susan Mackey-Kallis, Ph.D.

Susan Mackey-Kallis, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Area of Expertise:

  • Film
  • Media and Culture
  • Rhetoric


Dr. Mackey-Kallis is the source to turn to for film analysis and commentary, particularly in regard to pop culture. Her areas of expertise include the rhetoric of film, women in contemporary cinema, and myth in media and culture. Mackey-Kallis can also speak to issues surrounding political rhetoric, political campaign films, popular music and advertising.


  • Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University
  • M.A., West Virginia University
  • B.A., University of California, San Diego

Selected Publications

  • Mackey-Kallis, S., The Hero and the Perennial Journey Home in American Film, The University of Pennsylvania Press, 2001.
  • Mackey-Kallis, Oliver Stone’s America: Dreaming the Myth Outward, Westview/Harper Collins, 1996.
  • Mackey-Kallis, Crable, Bryan, ed. Transcendence by Perspective: Kenneth Burke, Social Conflict, Social Change, West Lafayette, IN: Parlor, anticipated Fall 2010.
  • Boone, G. and Mackey-Kallis, Susan, "Digital Game Based Learning: Implications for the Classroom," (book chapter), Media Technology in the Websphere, Vol. 1, (Roxanne O’Connell, Ed.) Hampton Press, 2009.
  • Mackey-Kallis, Susan, "Talking Heads Rock the House: Robert Greenwald’s film Uncovered: The War on Iraq," (book chapter), Rhetoric of the New Political Documentary (Thomas Benson, Brian Snee, Eds.) Carbondale, IL, Southern Illinois University Press, 2008.

Selected Professional Experience

  • Assistant Professor, Villanova University
  • Assistant Professor, Queens College
  • Instructor, Penn State University
  • Instructor, University of Bridgeport

Selected Research

  • Villanova Institute for Teaching and Learning, Summer Teaching Grant, 2001.
  • Villanova University Summer Research Grant, 1993.
  • The City University of New York Summer Research Grant, 1991.

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