Les Friedman

Lester FriedmanEmeritus Professor of Media and Society

Joined faculty in 2005

Ph.D., Syracuse University
M.A., Syracuse University
B.A., Alfred University

Contact Information

Scholarly Interest

American cinema from the Post World War II era to the Present
British cinema
American-Jewish Images in the Media
Medical Culture British Media in the Thatcher Era.

Teaching Experience

Syracuse University Upstate Medical Center
Northwestern University

Courses Taught

Introduction to Media Medicine
Society and Media
The Films of Spielberg
The Seventies in American Media and Culture
American Film Genres
Imagining the West


Friedman, Lester and Therese Jones (ed.s) Routledge Handbook of Health and Media.  (2022) 

Friedman, Lester.  Citizen Spielberg  (2 nd  Edition). 2022

Friedman, Lester.  The Sport Film (2020).

Friedman, Lester and Desser David.  Tough Ain’t Enough: New Perspectives on Clint  Eastwood. (2018)

Friedman, Lester D. and Kavey, Allison.  Monstrous Progeny: A History of the Frankenstein Narratives . (2016) 

Friedman, Lester (co-editor).  Health and Humanities Reader . 2014).

Friedman, Lester D (General editor).   An Introduction to Film Genres:  History, Themes, and Iconography (2013)

Kavey, Allison and Friedman, Lester (eds.)  Second Star to the Right:  Peter Pan in the Popular Imagination  (2008) 

Friedman, Lester (ed.).  American Cinema of the 1970s: Themes and Variation . 2007. 

Friedman, Lester (ed.).  Fires Were Started: British Cinema and Thatcherism  ( 2006). 




As someone who teaches a variety of approaches to the media, I am interested in how the mass production of images both reflects and refracts American culture. How do we see ourselves as a society? How do other cultures see us? What are our communal dreams and nightmares? How does the reproduction of images shape our private and public lives? These are the intellectual and practical issues that engage me.