Novotny Lawrence

Associate Professor [GSJC]


Dept:Greenlee School Journalism/Communication

Topics of interest: African American representation in film and media, film and media criticism, film and media history, film and media theory, popular culture

Education: Ph.D. Theatre and Film (now Film and Media Studies), University of Kansas
M.A., Communication Studies, University of Missouri-Kansas City
B.A., Communication Studies, University of Missouri-Kansas City


Dr. Novotny Lawrence is an Associate Professor at Iowa State University where he is on a joint appointment between the Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication and the English Department. His research primarily centers on African American cinematic and mediated experiences, and popular culture. Lawrence is the author of Blaxploitation Films of the 1970s: Blackness and Genre (Routledge, 2007), the editor of Documenting the Black Experience (McFarland, 2014), and the co-editor of Beyond Blaxploitation (Wayne State University Press, 2016). He has also published journal articles/book chapters on Black Dynamite, the comedy of Dave Chappelle, C.S.A.: The Confederate States of America, and African American religious iconography in Good Times. His current research project, a co-authored book on Oscar and BAFTA winning screenwriter and director Kevin Willmott, will be published by Wayne State University Press in 2021.