Associate Professor, Media & Communication and Director of the Film Studies Program
B.A., College of William and Mary
M.A., Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley
Dr. Corbin specializes in the representation of race and cultural difference in American film, and is specifically interested in how racial and cultural issues are symbolized by places and geographical relationships like travel. Her book, Cinematic Geographies and Multicultural Spectatorship in America (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015) demonstrates the way that iconic American places-- Indian Country, the inner city, the South, and the suburbs-- were used in popular film to express a growing interest in multiculturalism during the post-civil rights era. It also theorizes the way that cinematic narrative and form offer viewers a sense of travel between on-screen places and of dwelling in place. Other published work on race and geography includes “Geographies of Identity and Belonging in Sherman Alexie’s The Business of Fancydancing” (published in Native Americans on Film: Conversations, Teaching, and Theory, The University Press of Kentucky, 2013) and “Charles Burnett’s Dialogic Aesthetics: My Brother’s Wedding as a Bridge between Killer of Sheep and To Sleep with Anger” (published in the journal Black Camera in Fall 2014). Her published work that theorizes film viewing as a virtual experience of travel and mapping includes: “Map-Making through Multi-thread Urban Film and Television Narratives” (published in Studies in the Humanities in December 2015) and “Traveling through Cinema Space: The Film Spectator as Tourist” (published in Continuum: A Journal of Media and Cultural Studies in Spring 2014). Dr. Corbin’ courses include Introduction to Film Analysis, Film History: 1950-Present, African American Cinema, Melodrama, the Film Studies Senior Seminar, Travel and Cultural Encounters in Film, and Introduction to American Studies. She is an affiliate faculty member of the Africana Studies and American Studies programs and advisor to the Muhlenberg Film Association.