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Nelson Hathcock




Nelson Hathcock is professor of English at Saint Xavier University where he has taught since 1988. When he thinks about his career, he, like Lou Gehrig, considers himself the luckiest guy on the face of the earth.

His scholarly and pedagogical interests include film and video studies, popular culture, and the literature and history of post-World War II America.

Courses Taught

Recent Publications

"Selling the Cold War: Advertising, NSC 68, and the Military Industrial Complex" in Advertising at the Center of Popular Culture: 1930s-1975, volume II of "We Are What We Sell": A History of Advertising in America (Praeger, 2014) 251-62.

"Marginalizing the Civil War: Ang Lee's Ride With the Devil" included in Proceedings of the 2004 Film & History League Conference: "War in Film, TV, and History." (CD) Editors Peter C. Rollins, John E. O'Connor, and James R. Knecht (2004).

"'A Spy in the Enemy's Country': Black Like Me as Cold War Narrative." American Studies 44:3 (Fall 2003) 99-119.*

"'Standardizing Catastrophe': Randall Jarrell and the Bomb" in Jarrell, Bishop, Lowell & Co. Ed. Suzanne Ferguson (University of Tennessee Press, 2003), 113-125.*

Recent Presentations

Popular Culture Association / American Culture Association, Chicago, IL, April 16-19, 2014: "Skels and Stragglers: The Limits of Genre in Colson Whitehead's Zone One."

Film and History Conference, Milwaukee, WI, September 27-29, 2012: "Zombies, Failed States, and the Politics of Intervention: Rage and Heroism in Ridley Scott's Black Hawk Down."

Popular Culture Association / American Culture Association in San Antonio, TX., April 22-April 24, 2011: "Selling the Cold War: Advertising and the Military-Industrial Complex."

Southern American Studies Association at George Mason University, Fairfax, VA, February 12-14, 2009: "'The Ghost in the Cage': Containment and the Cold War South in Howard Zinn's The Southern Mystique."