Aaron Taylor is an Associate Professor in the Department of New Media at the University of Lethbridge, where he specializes in Film Studies. He is the editor of Theorizing Film Acting and the author of numerous essays on film acting, American cinema, and comic books. His research projects including an investigation of the psychology of acting for the camera, comics and the superhero film, and the teary-eyed cult reception of It’s a Wonderful Life.


  • Film acting & character
  • Contemporary American cinema
  • Cognitive film theory
  • Emotions and film
  • Cult cinema
  • Classical Hollywood
  • Narratology and aesthetics
  • Film philosophy
  • Documentary film
  • Comic books



  • July 2012 – present: University of Lethbridge (New Media); Associate Professor
  • July 2007 – June 2012: University of Lethbridge (New Media); Assistant Professor
  •  July 2005 – July 2007: Brock University (CPCF); Term Assistant Professor
  • Sept 2003 – May 2005: Western University (Film) & Huron College (English); Sessional lecturer


University of Kent (Canterbury, Kent, UK)

            PhD - Film Studies (April 24, 2006)

            Thesis: “Cain’s Homecoming: Villainy and the Cinema” (Advisor: Dr. Murray Smith)

Carleton University (Ottawa, Ontario, Canada)

            MA - Film Studies (August 2000)

            Thesis: “World Without End: Historicity and the Contemporary Science Fiction Cinema”

Western University / Huron College (London, Ontario, Canada)            

            Hons. BA, with Distinction - English / Cinema Studies (May 1999)


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