Matt Connolly, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor | Film Studies

Address: 201M Armstrong Hall (AH 201M)
Phone: (507) 389-2117


  • Ph.D. in Communication Arts from the University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • M.A. in Communication Arts from the University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • B.A. in Film Studies and English from Wesleyan University

Matt Connolly received both his MA and PhD in Communication Arts (with a focus in film studies) from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His research analyzes the intersections of LGBTQ cinematic history and the American film industry. His scholarly work on LGBTQ cinematic history has been published in Cinema Journal and Spectator. Matt also writes film criticism, which has recently been published in Film Comment and Reverse Shot (the publication for the Museum of the Moving Image), amongst other venues. He is currently revising his dissertation, which analyses the development of directorial branding in the early career of queer filmmaker John Waters.

Recent Publications:
Connolly, Matt, “Liberating the Screen: Gay and Lesbian Protests of LGBT Cinematic Representation, 1969–1974,” Cinema Journal 57, no. 2 (Winter 2018): 66–88.

Connolly, Matt, “Solidification and Flux on the ‘Gay White Way:’ Gay Porn Theaters in Post-Stonewall New York City,” Spectator 37, no. 1 (2017): 32–39.

Recent Film Criticism:

Connolly, Matt, “Return to the Sea: Matt Connolly on Y tu mamá también,” Reverse Shot, January 29, 2021,

Connolly, Matt, “A Face in the Crowd: Matt Connolly on Juliette Binoche in Shirin,” Reverse Shot, July 29, 2019,

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