Denise K. Cummings, Ph.D.


Denise K. Cummings joined Rollins College in 2003. Prior to the founding of the Department of Critical Media and Cultural Studies, Denise served as Visiting Assistant Professor of English at Rollins.

Denise’s teaching and research interests are situated at the intersection of critical cinema studies, cultural studies, and critical theory. In her work in the fields of visual/popular culture and American Indian Studies, she addresses the social, economic, cultural, historical, and political dimensions of American material culture, increasingly locating American culture and events within an international dynamic.

By creating opportunities for community-based immersion learning, Denise exposes her students to resource-rich networks to enhance learning, engender change, and advance social justice.

Denise has curated numerous film programs for the Native American Literature Symposium and serves on selection and steering committees and juries for several film festivals including the Florida Film Festival (Maitland, FL) and the Global Peace Film Festival (Orlando, FL). Her recent publications include Seeing Red, Hollywood’s Pixeled Skins: American Indians and Film (Michigan State University Press, 2013); “Florida: The Mediated State,” a special issue of Florida Historical Quarterly (2012); and Visualities: Perspectives on Contemporary American Indian Film and Art (Michigan State University Press 2011).