Department of Radio, Television and Digital Media
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.