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Sarah Hagelin, PhD

Assistant Professor

Phone: (303) 556-5673
Office Location: 1061 NP, 201

Office Hours: M W 3:30-4:30, or by appointment
Areas of Expertise: Film, television, American cultural studies, women’s and gender studies

Education & Degrees

PhD, English, University of Virginia

MA, English, Purdue University

BA, English and History, Gonzaga University


Sarah Hagelin received her PhD from the University of Virginia in 2007. She was as Assistant Professor of American Cultural Studies at New Mexico State University before joining the faculty of UCD’s English Department in 2012. Her teaching and scholarly interests include contemporary US popular culture, women’s and gender studies, and film criticism and theory.

She has published on representations of violence in Schindler’s List and The Passion of the Christ, and her book, Reel Vulnerability: Power, Pain, and Gender in Contemporary American Film and Television will be published by Rutgers University Press in 2013.

Select Publications

Reel Vulnerability: Power, Pain, and Gender in Contemporary American Film and Television. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 2013

“Vulnerability in Spielberg’s America: Schindler’s List and the Ethic of Commerce.” National Responses to the Holocaust, ed. Jennifer Taylor, University of Delaware Press, 2013.

“Bleeding Bodies and Post-Cold War Politics: Saving Private Ryan and the Gender of Vulnerability.” The War Body on Screen, ed. Karen Randell and Sean Redmond. New York: Continuum, 2008.

The Passion of the Christ and the Lust for Certitude.” Passionate Dialogues: Critical Perspectives on Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ, ed. Daniel Burston and Rebecca Denova. Pittsburgh: Mise Publications, 2005.

Courses Taught

ENGL 3075: Romantic Comedy
ENGL 3085: Television Auteurs: Whedon, Milch, and Simon
ENGL 3200: From Literature to Film
ENGL 4420/5420: Film Criticism and Theory