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Bob Rehak

Associate Professor

Film & Media Studies


  2. Phone: (610) 957-6204
  3. Kohlberg Hall 111D
  4. Office Hours:

    Tuesdays 11:30am-12:30pm on Zoom
    Wednesdays 10:30am-12:00pm in 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.

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

His recently published essays include:

  • "Ubiquitous Animation: 1990-2016" in the Animation volume of Rutgers University Press's Behind the Silver Screen series, ed. Scott Curtis (2019)
  • “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.


  • Fan Culture

  • Animation and Cinema

  • Special Effects and Film Spectacle

  • Transmedia Worldbuilding and Storytelling

  • Theory and History of Videogames

  • Video Game Design and Creation

  • Studies in Genre: Horror

  • Conspiracy Media

  • Introduction to Film and Media Studies

  • Critical Theories of Film and Media

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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