Jacob Floyd earned his PhD in English (Screen Studies) at Oklahoma State University. His dissertation is a study of Native American actors, studio publicity practices, identity, performance, and labor in the 1920s and ’30s. His academic interests include Native Americans and film history, media use and reuse among marginalized groups, spirituality and cinema, the horror film, and trash/exploitation/B movies. A videomaker who started out in film school, he has worked in several different aspects of film production. Most notably his 2010 documentary “Tonto Plays Himself,” created as part of his Masters’ Degree work in the Culture and Media Studies Program at NYU, has played in film festivals across North America and in Europe. He is Muscogee (Creek)/Cherokee, a Simpsons fanatic, power-pop nerd, soda enthusiast, writer, and currently lives in Oklahoma.




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