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Dr. Kevin Kehrwald










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Kevin Kehrwald


B.A., University of Oklahoma
M.A., Arizona State University
Ph.D., Purdue University

Film, Postmodern Literature,and Literary Theory

317 Dunkle Hall


Kevin Kehrwald grew up in Sioux Falls, South Dakota (aka, the better Dakota).  After graduating in English from the University of Oklahoma, he worked a job in a shutter factory so mind-numbingly boring it compelled him to get his master’s degree in English from Arizona State University and his PhD in English from Purdue University.  His mind has not been numb since, filled as it is with all kinds of fancy thoughts about books and movies. 

Upon arriving at FSU in 2001, he founded the Film Studies program and began serving as the coordinator of the Film Studies minor.  In addition to teaching the majority of film courses, he teaches American Literature, Postmodernism and Literary Theory.

In 2017 he published Prison Movies: Cinema Behind Bars, a book that traces the cinematic fascination with incarceration from the silent era to the present.  By examining films like Cool Hand Luke, Midnight Express, Women’s Prison and The Shawshank Redemption, the book argues that prison narratives are ideally suited for exploring issues of race, class, gender and sexuality, as well as expounding on such fundamental human themes as freedom, justice and mercy.  The book also addresses post-9/11 prison documentaries that focus on human rights, recidivism and the inequities of the current system of mass incarceration. 

Kevin spends his off time going on adventure trips with his fearless wife, Kristin, and his wickedly smart daughter, Ella.  When he’s not getting woken up by his dog, Loocy, at 4 o’clock every morning, he enjoys writing things, pretending he can cook, and taking long walks on the trail while listening to podcasts about criminals, unknown character actors and science he doesn’t fully understand.  His ever-present goal is to seek warm weather wherever he can find it.