Phillip Maciak writes and teaches about U.S. literature, visual media, and the idiosyncratic role of screens in our lives today.
Phillip Maciak teaches in the English Department and the American Culture Studies program. He’s also the TV editor for the Los Angeles Review of Books, a freelance cultural critic, and the author of Avidly Reads Screen Time, forthcoming in Spring 2023 from NYU Press.
Maciak teaches a variety of courses in both English and AMCS. In English, he regularly teaches “The Great American Novel,” “A Star is Born: Literature and Celebrity,” and “Modern Texts and Contexts,” one of the two required survey courses for the English Major. In AMCS, he often teaches “The Visible and the Invisible: Introduction to American Visual Culture Studies,” and “Hot Takes: Cultural Criticism in the Digital Age.” He’s also a major advisor for American Culture Studies.
These latter courses build upon Maciak’s experience as a cultural critic himself. In addition to his work at The Los Angeles Review of Books, his essays and reviews have appeared in Slate, The New Republic, n+1, and many other outlets.
His book, Avidly Reads Screen Time, is a work of cultural criticism, cultural history, and personal essay about the way we define screens — and the way screens define us — in the twenty-first century. It will be published by NYU Press in 2023.
He’s also the author of The Disappearing Christ: Secularism in the Silent Era (Columbia University Press, 2019), a scholarly monograph about popular religious culture, early cinema, and American literature at the turn of the twentieth century.