Coming in 2023: Becoming the Ex-Wife: The Unconventional Life & Forgotten Writings of Ursula Parrott (University of California Press).
2019 Screening Race in American Nontheatrical Film (Duke University Press)
2017 Film is Like a Battleground: Sam Fuller's War Movies
(Oxford University Press)
2012 Learning with the Lights Off: Educational Film in the United States (Oxford University Press)
2008 Hollywood Ambitions: Celebrity in the Movie Age
“Making Concessions: A Tale of Capitalism, Control, and Snacks.” Pipewrench. Winter 2022. 6,359 words.
“Going to the Show.” LA Review of Books quarterly.
Semipublic Intellectual Issue. September 2021, 63-70.
"Seeing Life Through a Different Lens." Co-authored with Allyson Nadia Field. Sight + Sound. April 2021: 19-21.
"The Subversive Joys of Joan Micklin Silver's Little-Known New York City Short Films." Salon. March 13, 2021.
January 2020, “‘Lights, Camera-maids, Action!’: Women Behind the Lens in Early Cinema.” Co-authored with Buckey Grimm. Los Angeles Review of Books.
October 2018, “Brett Kavanaugh goes to the movies,” The Conversation.
August 2018, “A Double Feature: Sam Fuller’s The Steel Helmet and Stanley Kubrick’s Fear and Desire.” Cineaste: 32-35.
March 2018, "#MeToo on the 1930s Silver Screen." The Conversation. Related ABC Radio Sydney discussion for International Woman's Day.
Jan 2018, "Is it Time for a 21st Century Version of 'The Day After'?" The Conversation. Academic Minute (radio) version (March 2018) On the Media podcast discussion (February 2018)
Oct 2017, Blade Runner's Chilling Prescient Vision of the Future The Conversation
“On the History (and Future) of Art Documentaries and the Film Program at the National Gallery of Art,” Marsha Gordon and Margaret Parsons. Documenting the Visual Arts (Routledge, 2019), ed. Roger Hallas, 205-220.
“Multi-Purposing Early Cinema: A Psychological Experiment Involving Van Bibber’s Experiment (Thomas Edison, 1911).” Beyond the Screen: Institutions, Networks and Publics of Early Cinema, edited by Marta Braun, Charlie Keil, Rob King, Paul Moore, and Louis Pelletier. UK: John Libbey Press, 2012. 153-160.
“GI’s Documenting Genocide: Amateur Films of WWII Concentration Camps.” Film and Genocide, edited by Tomas Crowder and Kristi Wilson. University of Wisconsin Press, 2012. 170-186.
“A History of Learning with the Lights Off.” Co-written with Dan Streible and Devin Orgeron. Learning With the Lights Off: Educational Film in the United States. Co-edited with Dan Streible and Devin Orgeron. Oxford University Press, 2012. 15-66.
“‘A Decent and Orderly Society’: Race Relations in Riot-Era Educational Films, 1966-1970.” Learning With the Lights Off. Co-edited with Dan Streible and Devin Orgeron. Oxford University Press, 2012. 424-441.
“The History of Media Celebrity.” Ed. Robert Kolker. The Oxford Handbook of Film and Media Studies. New York: Oxford University Press, August 2008. 187-223.
“Megatronic Memories: Errol Morris and the Aesthetics of Observation.” Co-written with Devin Orgeron. The Image and the Witness. Eds. Frances Guerin and Roger Hallas. London: Wallflower Press, 2007. 238-252.
“Dusting Off That Old Projector: Preservation Through Projection.” Co-written with Dino Everett. American Archivist. 84:1 (Spring/Summer 2021): 139-164.
"3mm, The Smallest Gauge." Co-written with Dino Everett (University of Southern California). The Moving Image, 16.2 (fall 2016): 1-20.
“The Other Side of the Tracks: Nontheatrical Film History, Pre-Rebellion Watts, and Felicia.” Co-written with Allyson Nadia Field (U Chicago). Cinema Journal, 55.2 (February 2016): 1-24.
“Hettie Gray Baker.” Jane Gaines, Radha Vatsal, and Monica Dall’Asta, eds. Women Film Pioneers Project. 2013.
“Lenticular Spectacles: Kodacolor’s Fit in the Amateur Arsenal.” Film History. Winter 2013: 36-61.
“‘You are Invited to Participate’: Interactive Fandom in the Age of the Movie Magazine.” Journal of Film and Video. Fall 2009: 3-23.
“Familial Pursuits, Editorial Acts: Documentaries After the Age of Home Video.” Co-written with Devin Orgeron. The Velvet Light Trap. Fall 2007: 47-62.
“‘The Most Profound Shock’: Traces of The Holocaust in Sam Fuller’s Verboten! and The Big Red One.” The Historical Journal of Radio Film and Television. October 2007: 471-496.
“‘Something Different In Science Films’: The Moody Institute of Science and the Canned Missionary Movement.” Co-written with Skip Elsheimer. The Moving Image. Spring 2007: 1-26.
“Liberating Images?: Sam Fuller’s Film of Falkenau Concentration Camp.” Film Quarterly. Winter 2006: 38-47.
“Making It in Hollywood: Clara Bow, Fandom, and Consumer Culture.” Cinema Journal. Summer 2003: 76-97.
“Rethinking Authorship: Jack London and the Motion Picture Industry.” American Literature. March 2003: 91-117.
"Eating Their Words: Consuming Class a la Keaton and Chaplin." With Devin Orgeron. College Literature.January 2001: 84-104.
“‘What Makes a Girl Who Looks Like That Get Mixed Up In Science?’: Gender in Sam Fuller’s Films of the 1950s.” Quarterly Review of Film & Video. 2000: 1-17.
"Onward Kitchen Soldiers: Mobilizing the Domestic During WWI." The Canadian Review of American Studies. 1999: 61-87.
"Cinematic Violations in Peter Greenaway's The Baby of Mâcon." Enculturation. Spring 1998.
Review of Alain Bregala’s The Cinema Hypothesis: Teaching Cinema in the Classroom and Beyond. Critical Inquiry. 2018.
“An Introduction to the Bastard Film Encounter,” INCITE!: JOURNAL OF EXPERIMENTAL MEDIA. Volume 6 (Fall 2015): 130-132.
"Alexander Bogardy's Beauty Books." Raw Vision. Co-authored with Peggy Parsons, National Gallery of Art (fall 2010): 48-51.
Review of Lisa Dombrowski’s The Films of Sam Fuller: If You Die I’ll Kill You! The Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television. 29.1 (March 2009): 139-141.
“How Much Reality Can You Handle? Full Frame Documentary Festival.” Raleigh Hatchet. April 2006.
“Divine Teachings.” Alexander Bogardy—Divine Aesthete exhibit catalogue. October 2005.
Review essay of African Americans in Cinema CD-Rom. Contours: A Journal of the African Diaspora. Spring 2005 (Vol. 3, No. 1): 119-126.
“A How-to in Grassroots Political Filmmaking.” Technician. October 15, 2004: 5-6.
“Alexander Bogardy: Singular Pursuits.” With Peggy Parsons, National Gallery of Art. Folk
Art, the magazine of the American Folk Art Museum, NY. Spring/Summer 2004: 62-67.
Entries for “Happiness.” and “Now, Voyager.” 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die. London:
Quintet, 2003: 891; 183.
“Alexander Bogardy: The Union of Divinity, Cosmetology & Art.” With Peggy Parsons,
National Gallery of Art. Folk Art Messenger. Vol. 16, No. 2 (Summer/Fall 2003): 8-12.
Contributor to 23Hours catalogue/zine. Raleigh: Barefoot Press, 2003: unpaged.
“The Road to Nowhere: Stephen Crane’s Maggie: A Girl of the Streets.” Women in Literature:
Evaluating Fiction for Gender Bias. Eds. Jerilyn Fisher and Ellen Silber. Westport, CT:
Greenwood Publishing, 2003: 185-187.
Review of Donald Pizer's American Expatriate Writing and The Paris Moment. American
Studies International Journal. Spring 1998: 91-92.