Justus Nieland is Professor and Chairperson of the Department of English at Michigan State University, and he teaches in the Film Studies Program. He specializes in modernism and film history, and his research interests include affect theory, modern and contemporary literature, avant-garde and experimental film, the film noir, global modernist cinemas, and modern design and architecture history.

His most recent book, Happiness by Design: Modernism and Media in the Eames Era (University of Minnesota Press, 2020) was shortlisted for the 2021 Modernist Studies Association Book Prize. He is also the author of David Lynch (University of Illinois Press, 2012), Film Noir: Hard-Boiled Modernities and the Cultures of Globalization, with Jen Fay (Routledge, 2009), and Feeling Modern: The Eccentricities of Public Life (University of Illinois Press, 2008).

Recent Work