Dr. Schlotterbeck is a film scholar and educator who resides in Granville, Ohio.  He is currently an Associate Professor of Cinema at Denison University, where he has taught since 2011.  He graduated with a PhD in Film Studies from the University of Iowa in 2010 and a BA in Cinema Studies from Oberlin College in 2003.


Schlotterbeck's research focuses on American film genres – in particular, documentary, the musical, the biopic, and film noir.  He recently completed an essay, listed first below, which brings together his interests in documentary, musical subjects, and biographical films.


Short-form scholarship, including pieces co-authored with Denison University students, appear in the following publications:

  • Film Noir: The Directors

  • Movies in American History: An Encyclopedia

  • The Concise Routledge Encyclopedia of the Documentary Film

  • Race in American Film: Voices and Visions That Shaped a Nation

  • World Film Locations: Los Angeles

  • Film Matters

  • In Media Res

Schlotterbeck has also published book reviews in the following venues:

  • Historical Journal of Film, Radio, and Television

  • Scope: An Online Journal of Film and Television Studies

  • Film Criticism

  • Film and History: An Interdisciplinary Journal


At Denison University and the University of Iowa, Schlotterbeck has taught the following courses:

  • Film Aesthetics and Analysis

  • History of Cinema

  • Theory of Cinema

  • Documentary Film and Media

  • Genres, Authors, and Stars

  • The European Art Film and American Independent Film

  • Gender, Sexuality, Cinema

  • Styles and Genres: Musicals and Biopics

  • Contemporary Cinema: 1998-2008

  • Contemporary Cinema: 1960-2000

  • Film Authors: Altman, Penn, and Frankenheimer

  • US Film: Periodizing Hollywood

  • US Film: Classical Hollywood Cinema: 1930-1960

This list has been abbreviated to omit similar courses taught at both institutions.


Dr. Schlotterbeck is currently serving as a committee member for the Popular Culture /American Culture Association’s Peter C. Rollins Award for the Best Documentary Film. At Denison, Schlotterbeck has served on the Student Research Grants Committee and the Academic Standing Board. He has also worked as a June Orientation faculty advisor, a meditation instructor at The Open House, a planner and leader for the Philadelphia Arts pre-orientation trip, and as a group facilitator for the Restorative Justice initiative.  At Denison, he is also Director of the Experimental College.  Schlotterbeck served twice on the Graduate Student Writing Award Committee for the Society for Cinema and Media Studies as a member (2014-2015) and chair (2015-2016).