Professor Philip Hanson's research and written works
have made him one of the foremost experts in the fields of
expository writing and twentieth century American literature and
film. He is most widely recognized for his book This Side of Despair, which was
named one of Choice Magazine's Outstanding Academic Titles
for 2008 and included in The Journal of Scholarly
Publishing's list of 2007-2008 "Significant Books."
Philip has also written short stories, poetry, and several academic
articles such as "The Feminine Image in Films of the Great
Depression," which was published in The Cambridge Quarterly. During
his academic career he has served on over eighteen committees and
received several prestigious honors, including the Jesuit Grant in
2005. Philip finished his undergraduate with Phi Beta Kappa at the
University of Minnesota, moving on teach at University of
California at Berkeley and Dominican University before coming to
University of San Francisco.
Ph.D., English, University of California, Berkeley, 1993
This Side of Despair: Film and Culture during the Great
Depression. Madison, N,J,: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press,
"The Arc of National Confidence and the Birth of Film Noir,
1929-1941," Journal of American Studies, forthcoming.
"Censorship, Audience, and the Differing Politics of The Shanghai
Gesture as Play and Film," paper delivered at the Florida State
University conference, The Persistence of Form: Culture, History
and the Aesthetic, January 29-February 1, 2004.