Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Minor
Cinema Studies Minor
Emma Hart Willard Hall
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Dr. Karen A. Ritzenhoff is a Professor of Communication at Central Connecticut State University. She is also serving as co-Chair of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (WGSS) and is affiliated with Cinema Studies and the Honors Program. She has recently co-edited an anthology on "Gender, Power, and Identity in the Films of Stanley Kubrick" with Dijana Metlic and Jeremi Szaniawski (Routledge, 2023).

Further publications: "Afrofuturism in Black Panther: Gender, Identity, and the Re-Making of Blackness" with Renee T. White (Rowman and Littlefield, 2021).

"Mediated Terrorism in the 21st Century" with Elena Caoduro and Karen Randell (Palgrave, 2021).




Film Studies, Communication, Comparative Literature
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
Film Studies and Communication
University of Minnesota
Communication, Journalism, Film Studies
University of Minnesota
Romance Languages, Political Science, American Studies
University of Tubingen, Germany
Romance Languages, Political Science, American Studies
Siegen University, Germany
Areas of Expertise

Study Abroad courses to France, Italy, and the UK

Film Studies

Gender Studies

Television and mass media

TV Documentary

Global Visual Communication

Women and Film

American Cinema 

Stanley Kubrick

Publications, Research & Presentations

* “A Clockwork Orange and its Representations of Sexual Violence as Torture: Stanley Kubrick and Francis Bacon.” In Matt Melia and Georgina Orgill (eds.). Anthony Burgess, Stanley Kubrick and A Clockwork Orange. New York: Palgrave, 2023: 265-284. 


• “A Maverick on the Streets: Bill Cunningham and the Documentary Process.” In

Elena Caoduro and Boel Ulfsdotter (eds.). Documenting Fashion. Edinburgh

University Press, 2023


• “Terrorism and Gender in Eye in the Sky and Zero Dark Thirty: Women and Girls

on the War Front in Contemporary Cinema.” In Elena Caoduro, Karen Randell

and Karen A. Ritzenhoff (eds.). Mediated Terrorism in the 21st Century, Chapter

11. New York: Palgrave, 2021.


• “Feminism and Kubrick.” In: Nathan Abrams and Ian Hunter (eds). The

Bloomsbury Companion to Stanley Kubrick. New York: Bloomsbury, 2021: 169-




  • Ritzenhoff, Karen A. and Hannah D’Orso. “The New Wave in the New Millenium: Joker, Taxi Driver, Nostalgia, and Trumpian Politics.” In Gregory Frame and Nathan Abrams (eds.) New Wave, New Hollywood. Bloomsbury Press, 2021: 179-200.
Awards & Grants

Finalist for the Excellent In Teaching Award at CCSU in 2020 and 2013

Memberships & Affiliations

Society for Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS)

Courses Taught

Comm 220 History of Film

Comm 255 Visual Communication

Comm 380 Women and Film

Comm 382 American Cinema

Comm 455 Global Visual Communication

Comm 487 TV Documentary

Comm 485 Topics in Media and Culture: Life in Prison in Film and TV (fall 2020)

Comm 496 Field Studies in Communication

Comm 490 Internship Program

Hon 210 Western Culture: Trauma and Identity in Literature and Film

Hon 230 Post 9/11 Literature and Film