Zachary Sheldon

Zachary Sheldon
Lecturer, Film & Digital Media
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PhD., Communication Studies, Media, Culture, and Identity, Texas A&M University, ABD

M.A., Communication, Baylor University, 2018

B.A., Communication, Integrated Media, Geneva College, 2016



Zachary Sheldon is a Lecturer in the Department of Film & Digital Media. Born and raised in Erie, Pennsylvania, he was inspired by Star Wars at an early age to get involved in filmmaking. This passion led him to pursue a degree in Communication with a focus in Integrated Media at Geneva College in Beaver Falls, PA, before moving to Texas to continue his education first at Baylor University and now Texas A&M University. Along the way his interests have shifted some from film production to the examination of film and media’s interactions with culture, especially relations between media, religion, and culture.


Recent Publications

The Limits of Faith-Based Organizations: Lessons from a Big Idea. In Communication Studies, 2020.

Paratexts and the Making of the “Digital Auteur.” In Cinephile, 2020.

A House Without Kindness: Hill House and the Phenomenology of Horrific Space. In The Streaming of Hill House: Essays on the Haunting Netflix Adaptation, edited by Kevin J. Wetmore, 2020.

The Gollum Problem: Empathy and Digital Characters in Cinema. In Animation: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 2019.

The Babylon Bee: Countersymbols and Christian Satire. In Journal of Communication and Religion, 2019.