Faculty & StaffDennis Rothermel, Professor
(Ph.D. Northwestern University)
Dennis Rothermel is Professor Emeritus in Philosophy. He received his B.A. from Yale University and his Ph.D. from Northwestern University. His areas of specialization are Aesthetics of Cinema, Kant and Nineteenth-Century German philosophy, and Twentieth-Century Continental Philosophy, particularly French post-structuralist philosophy. He joined the faculty at California State University, Chico in 1984, served as department chair from 1997-2002, and again 2006-2011. He served as Interim Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and Dean of Undergraduate Education from 2002-2004. The classes he has been teaching in recent years include Food and Film, Human Existence, and Philosophy and Film. His research lies in the intersection of Continental philosophy and cinema studies. He regularly presents his research at international conferences in cinema and media studies. His recent publications include "Slow Food, Slow Film," "Heroic Endurance," and a book review published in the Quarterly Review of Film and Video; and book chapters on Joel and Ethan Coen, Clint Eastwood, John Ford, Bertrand Tavernier, Julie Taymor, "Anti-War War Films," "Grievability and Precariousness," "Workerist Film Humor," and True Blood. He has co-edited a volume of essays on peace studies published by Rodopi. A co-edited collection of theoretical essays in film and media theory, A Critique of Judgment in Film and Television, was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2014, and which includes his chapter, "The Tones of Judgment in Local Evening News." He is working on a monograph on Westerns, and another on Gilles Deleuze's cinema books.