- Ph.D., University of California, Riverside, 2005
Principal Research Interests
Andrew Howe teaches courses in film history and theory, popular culture, and American history. Recent publications include articles on race and racism in "Star Wars" and the depiction of Latino identity in "Breaking Bad." Current research projects involve the rhetoric of fear employed during the 1980s killer bee invasions of the American Southwest, as well as the debate over the rediscovery of the ivory-billed woodpecker in Arkansas. These two works are conceived of as chapters in a book-length project exploring the manner in which societies translate environmental events by employing the familiar rhetorical strategies and vocabularies of existing, sociological problems.
- Popular film and television
- Modern American history
- World War II and the Vietnam War
- Service Learning Teacher of the Year, 2014
- G. T. Anderson Teacher of the Year, 2011
- “Audrey Hepburn and the Popularization of the ‘Little Black Dress.’” Audrey Hepburn: Fan Phenomena. Ed. Jacqui Miller. Bristol: Intellect Books, 2014. pg. 48-57.
- “That Shirt Really Ties the Room Together: The Lebowski Legacy of Cultural Artifacts.” The Big Lebowski: Fan Phenomena. Ed. Zachary Thomas Ingle. Bristol: Intellect Books, 2014. pg. 40-47.
- “Not Your Average Mexican: Breaking Bad and the Destruction of Latino Stereotypes.” Breaking Bad: Critical Essays on the Contexts, Politics, Style, and Reception of the Television Series. Ed. David Pierson. Lanham: Lexington Books, 2014. pg. 87-102.
- “The Owls Are Not What They Seem: Cultural Artifacts of Twin Peaks.” Twin Peaks: Fan Phenomena. Ed. Marisa C. Hayes and Franck Boulégue. Bristol: Intellect Books, 2013. pg. 40-49.
- “Star Wars in Black and White: Race and Racism in a Galaxy Not So Far Away.” Sex, Politics, and Religion in ‘Star Wars’. Ed. Douglas Brode and Leah Deyneka. Lanham: Scarecrow Press, 2012. pg. 11-23.