Film Studies

Elizabeth Rawitsch, Lecturer 
King Hall 106C | 910.962.0510 |

Curriculum Vitae


  • Ph.D. in Film, Television and Media Studies, University of East Anglia (UK)
  • M.A. (with distinction) in Film Studies, University of East Anglia (UK)
  • Graduate Certificate in Publishing, Denver University
  • B.A. in English (summa cum laude), Dickinson College

Elizabeth Rawitsch teaches courses on British cinema & television, Turkish cinema, film exhibition, film comedy, and LGBT+ representation. She is the author of Frank Capra’s Eastern Horizons: National Identity and the Cinema of International Relations, 1922–1961 (I.B. Tauris, 2015), and her research on popular culture and national identity has appeared in Intensities: The Journal of Cult Media, Journal of American Studies, and Journal of Popular Film and Television. From curriculum-supporting work with local schools to reminiscence groups with over-70s, she regularly presents to the general public in a range of formats, and her outreach activities have been recognized by the UK’s Higher Education Academy.

Publications: Books

Frank Capra’s Eastern Horizons: American Identity and the Cinema of International Relations, 1922–1961 (London: I.B. Tauris, 2015).

Peer-Reviewed Publications

“Charlie Chan’s Multicolored Passport: Territorial Hawaii and Classical Hollywood’s Transnational ‘Foreign’ Detective,” chapter in Projecting the World: Classical Hollywood, the “Foreign,” and Transnational Representations, eds. Anna Cooper and Russell Meeuf (Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 2017), pp. 47–67.

“Frank Capra,” chapter in Fifty Hollywood Directors, ed. Yvonne Tasker (London: Routledge, 2015).
“Silence Isn’t Golden, Girls: The Cross-Generational Comedy of ‘America’s Grandma’ Betty White,” chapter in Harleys and Hormones: Aging, Popular Culture, and Contemporary Feminism, eds. Imelda Whelehan and Joel Gwynne (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014), pp. 172–186.

“Playing with Place: Ambiguities of Geography and Citizenship in The Great Charlie Chan Detective Mystery Game (1937),” Intensities: The Journal of Cult Media 7 (Summer 2014), pp. 91–96.

“A Visit to Frank Capra’s Chinese Restaurant: Classical Hollywood and Chinatown,” in the roundtable forum on “Citizenship and the Built Environment,” eds. Jason Narlock and Cara Rodway, Journal of American Studies 40, no. 1 (2014), available at
“‘It’s Strictly USA’: The Performance of Ethnic Assimilation in Take Me Out to the Ball Game,” Journal of Popular Film and Television 39, no. 3 (2011): pp. 124–131