Dr. Elyce Rae Helford

Professor

Dr. Elyce Rae Helford
615-898-5961
Room 361, Peck Hall (PH)
MTSU Box 70, Murfreesboro, TN 37132
Office Hours

Varies by semester

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Degree Information

  • Ph.D., University of Iowa (1992)
  • M.A., University of Iowa (1990)
  • B.A., Lake Forest College, IL (1984)

Areas of Expertise

  • Women's, Gender, and Queer Studies
  • Film and Popular Culture
  • Holocaust and Jewish American Studies

Biography

Elyce Rae Helford was born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago. Her teen years were spent doing too little studying and a lot of waitressing, acting, and singing for several pop rock bands. After nearly failing out of high school, she got it together and graduated, then went on to complete her BA in English (writing and literature tracks) at Lake Forest College, where she loved being a DJ and continuing to sing until vocule nodules ended that "career." Next, she turned to writing and sp...

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Elyce Rae Helford was born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago. Her teen years were spent doing too little studying and a lot of waitressing, acting, and singing for several pop rock bands. After nearly failing out of high school, she got it together and graduated, then went on to complete her BA in English (writing and literature tracks) at Lake Forest College, where she loved being a DJ and continuing to sing until vocule nodules ended that "career." Next, she turned to writing and spent seven years getting her MA and PhD in English at the University of Iowa. Upon graduating, she was hired as assistant professor of English at MTSU, and the rest is history! 

Dr. H has always been driven by an eclectic curiosity, generally guided by her Jewish American background and feminist orientation. In addition to literary, television, and film studies, she has been a Rocky Horror enactor, science fiction fan, a studier of Cubism, a community theater officionado, and an Otaku. Most recently, she has devoted her energies to the study and enjoyment of film noir.

After a bout with breast cancer eight years ago, she became more of a homebody, enjoying time with her husband Chad (a psychological counselor), her son Lane (now a college student!), and their small menagerie of cats and dogs. 

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Research/Scholarly Activity

Dr. H teaches courses in film studies and popular culture as well as Jewish American literature and Holocaust studies. She is currently director of MTSU's Jewish and Holocaust Studies minor and former director of Women’s and Gender Studies.

Recent publications include the collection The Woman Fantastic in Contemporary Media Culture (University of Mississippi Press, 2016), co-edited with MTSU English PhD alumni Sarah Gray, Shiloh Carroll, and Michael Howar...

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Dr. H teaches courses in film studies and popular culture as well as Jewish American literature and Holocaust studies. She is currently director of MTSU's Jewish and Holocaust Studies minor and former director of Women’s and Gender Studies.

Recent publications include the collection The Woman Fantastic in Contemporary Media Culture (University of Mississippi Press, 2016), co-edited with MTSU English PhD alumni Sarah Gray, Shiloh Carroll, and Michael Howard and a special issue on anime for the Journal of Science Fiction Film and Television (2014). Past books include the edited collections Fantasy Girls: Gender in the New Universe of Science Fiction and Fantasy (Rowman and Littlefield, 2000) and Enterprise Zones: Critical Positions on Star Trek (Westview 1996). Recent articles on film and television have been published in Feminist Media StudiesJewish Film and New Media, and Studies in Popular Culture.

She currently has a book on gender and the films of classic Hollywood director George Cukor under contract with University of Mississippi Press. 

More at www.elycehelford.com.

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