Chris Yogerst

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Chris Yogerst

Assistant Professor
UW-Washington County
Communications-Theatre Arts
(262) 808-4138
Office Hours / Schedule 

Office Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Friday 12:00-1:00 and by appointment.


Chris teaches courses in film, communication, and popular culture for the UW Colleges. Research interests include film genre and authorship as well as Hollywood history during the Golden Age. His book, From the Headlines to Hollywood: The Birth and Boom of Warner Bros., came out in 2016. Current research is dedicated to a follow-up book on Warner Bros., as well as a project on Rod Serling and censorhsip. Chris regularly presents at national conferences and is currently the Hollywood Studio System area chair for the Film & History national conference. His work can be found in The Washington Post, The Atlantic, Los Angeles Review of Books, Historical Journal of Film, Radio, and Television, Journal of American Culture, and The Journal of Religion & Film, among other locations. 



From the Battlefield to the Blacklist: Warner Bros. on the Frontlines (in progress)

From the Headlines to Hollywood: The Birth and Boom of Warner Bros. (Rowman & Littlefield, 2016).


Peer-Reviewed Journals:

“Patriotic Propaganda: How Hollywood Defended Anti-Nazi Production Trends Prior to World War II.” (in-development).

“Rod Serling’s Vast Promised Land: Battling Sponsors, Debating the FCC, and Fighting for Mature Television 1959-1966.” Historical Journal of Film, Radio, and Television. (September 2017).

“Hughes, Hawks, and Hays: The Monumental Censorship Battle Over Scarface (1932).” The Journal of American Culture (June 2017).

“Superhero Films: A Fascist National Complex or Exemplars of Moral Virtue?” Journal of Religion & Film (Scheduled for publication in 2017).

“Affirmation of Myth and Nostalgia in The Shootist (1976) and True Grit (2010),” published in the The Quint: an Interdisciplinary Quarterly from the North; summer 2015.

“Faith Under the Fedora: Indiana Jones and the Heroic Journey Towards God,” published in the Journal of Religion & Film; October 2014.


Book Chapters:

“Aristotle and the Wild West: The Western as Rhetorical Device.” Classics and the Western, edited by Sue Matheson. (Due out 2018 from MacFarland Press).

“Individuation and the Psychology of Rebirth.” Wonder Woman Psychology. Co-authored with Caitlin Yogerst, edited by Travis Langley and Mara Wood (Sterling Publishing, 2017).

“Rules for Surviving a Horror-Comedy: Satiric Genre Transformation from Scream to Zombieland.” The Laughing Dead: The Horror-Comedy Film from Bride of Frankenstein to Zombieland. Edited by Cynthia Miller and A. Bowdoin Van Riper. (Rowman & Littlefield, 2016).


Popular Press:

“How Stan Lee Became The Man Behind Marvel.” Los Angeles Review of Books. Scheduled for publication - 2018.

“The Man Who Saved Movies From Thomas Edison’s Monopoly.” The Washington Post. December 5th, 2017 (online), January 28th, 2018 (print edition).

 “Hollywood, Los Angeles Spies, and the Underground Battle Against Hitler.” Los Angeles Review of Books. October 23rd, 2017.

“The Real and Imagined in Douglash Rushkoff’s Aleister & Adolf.” Los Angeles Review of Books. October 21st, 2017.

 “In An Always-On World, Maybe We Don’t Need to Watch It All – Right Now.” The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. March 23rd, 2015.

“Stop Calling Superheroes Fascist.” The Atlantic. December 3rd, 2013.


B.A., Film studies and English, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

M.A., Critical studies in film and television, Regent University

Ph.D., Communication with an emphasis on American film studies, Regent University

Professional Memberships

Popular Culture Association
Society for Cinema and Media Studies
Film & History