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Bob Rehak

Associate Professor and Chair

Film and Media Studies Department


  2. Phone: (610) 957-6204
  3. Kohlberg 111D

Bob Rehak earned his B.A. in English from Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti (1992), his M.A. in Communication Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2000), and his Ph.D. in Communication and Culture from Indiana University at Bloomington (2006).

His scholarship has appeared in Cinema JournalFilm Criticism, the Journal of Fandom StudiesScience Fiction Film and Television, and Information, Communication and Society, as well as in the edited collections The Video Game Theory Reader, Videogame/Player/TextThe Cybercultures Reader, Spreadable Media, and the Screen Decades and Behind the Silver Screen series.

His monograph More Than Meets the Eye: Special Effects and the Fantastic Transmedia Franchise was published by New York University Press in 2018, and he is currently writing Video Games Go to the Movies for Routledge. He is co-editor, with Dan North and Michael S. Duffy, of the anthology Special Effects: New Histories/Theories/Contexts (BFI/Palgrave, 2015)

His recently published and upcoming essays include:

  • "Ubiquitous Animation: 1990-2016" in the Animation volume of Rutgers University Press's Behind the Silver Screen series, ed. Scott Curtis (in press)
  • “From Model Building to 3D Printing: Star Trek and Build Code Across the Analog/Digital Divide,” in The Routledge Companion to Media Fandom, eds. Suzanne Scott and Melissa Click (2018)
  • "Transmedia Space Battles: Reference Materials and Miniatures Wargames in 1970s Star Trek Fandom,” in Science Fiction Film and Television 9.3 (2016)

Bob blogs at Graphic Engine.


  • Introduction to Film and Media Studies

  • Critical Theories of Film and Media

  • Special Effects and Film Spectacle

  • Television and New Media

  • Animation and Cinema

  • Theory and History of Videogames

  • Studies in Genre: Horror

  • Fan Culture

  • Conspiracy Media

  • Convergence

The Value of Retrogames

Bob Rehak, assistant professor of film and media studies, has contributed a web exclusive essay to Spreadable Media: Creating Value and Meaning in a Networked Culture.

Listen: Bob Rehak on Materializing Monsters

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