Novotny Lawrence | Africana Studies | SIU

Southern Illinois University



College of Liberal Arts

Novotny Lawrence

Department of Radio, Television and Digital Media

Novotny Lawrence

Telephone: (618) 453-6992

Office: COMM 11056B


Novotny Lawrence received his Ph.D. from the Department of Theatre and Film at the University of Kansas. He is currently an Associate Professor of Race, Media, and Popular Culture in the Radio,Television, and Digital Media Department at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale where he teaches courses such as Understanding Electronic Media, Media and Society, Documenting the Black Experience, and the History of African American Images in Film and Television. Dr. Lawrence is the author of the book Blaxploitation Films of the 1970s: Blackness and Genre which was published by Routledge Press in 2007. His article, "The Jeffersons Redux: Repositioning a Popular Television Sitcom", was published in Screening Noir and he has also written book chapters on the comedy of Dave Chappelle and the sci-fi series The Twilight Zone.

Dr. Lawrence is currently Chair of the Department of Radio-Television.