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Sarah R. Kozloff Professor of Film on the William R. Kenan, Jr. Chair

Sarah Kozloff has been at Vassar since 1988. She teaches genre (e.g., Musicals, War Films, Romantic Comedy); cultural studies courses (The McCarthy Era and Film); and seminars, such as, The Films of Alfred Hitchcock and American Women Directors. Her scholarship focuses on American cinema, particularly on issues related to speech, narrative, and ideology. She has been invited to present her work at major symposiums in Melbourne, Denmark, Montreal, London, and Valencia; to contribute to textbooks and reference works; and to evaluate film programs at other colleges.

Starting in 2017, she will be teaching only one semester a year because she has begun a new life as the author of adult, epic fantasy novels. She has been accepted into the SFWA, Science Fiction Writers of America. The Nine Realms will be published by TOR Books starting in January 2020, with one book released each month.

Prior to her academic career, Ms. Kozloff worked freelance in film production in New York City, serving as a production assistant, production coordinator or researcher on commercials, documentaries, educational films, low-budget features and “The American Short Story” series for PBS. 

  • BA, Dartmouth College; PhD, Stanford University
  • At Vassar since 1987


Research and Academic Interests

  • American Cinema
  • Dialogue
  • Voice-over narration
  • Epic Fantasy

Departments and Programs


  • FILM 216. Genre: Romantic Comedy
  • FILM/MEDS/PSYC 254. Emotional Engagement with Film

Selected Publications


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