Ryan Jay Friedman

Ryan Friedman

Ryan Jay Friedman

Professor of English; Professor of Theatre, Film, and Media Arts (by courtesy)


421 Denney Hall
164 Annie & John Glenn Ave.
Columbus, Ohio 43210-1326

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Areas of Expertise

  • Film Studies
  • African American Literature
  • Nineteenth and Twentieth-Century American Literature
  • Critical Theory


  • PhD, Northwestern University
  • BA, University of Notre Dame

Ryan Jay Friedman is professor of English and teaches courses in Film Studies Program. He specializes in early African American film and the racial politics of classical Hollywood, while teaching courses and writing on a range of other topics, including African American literature, film theory and American film’s social histories.

He is the author of Hollywood’s African American Films: The Transition to Sound (Rutgers University Press, 2011) and of The Movies as a World Force: American Silent Cinema and the Utopian Imagination (forthcoming from Rutgers University Press). He contributed a chapter, "Race Cinema, the Transition to Sound, and Hollywood's African-American-Cast Musicals," to the collection, Early Race Filmmaking in America, ed. Barbara Lupack (Routledge, 2016). His scholarship has also appeared in Quarterly Review of Film & Video; English Literary History; Arizona Quarterly; The Journal of American History; and Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television.

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