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Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of Arts
February 10, 2016
Canadian Excellence
Philippa Gates

Dr. Philippa Gates

Professor, Film Studies Undergraduate Advisor

Contact Information
Phone: 519-884-0710 ext.2476
Fax: 519.884.8307
Office Location: 3-153 Woods Bldg.
Office Hours: Tuesdays 1:30-3:30pm (Jan 5 to Mar 29) or by appointment
Languages Spoken


Academic Background

o PhD in Film and Visual Culture (University of Exeter) 

o MA in History of Cinema & Popular Culture (University of Exeter)

o HBA (Specialist) in Cinema Studies (University of Toronto)

Research Areas 

o Classical Hollywood; Contemporary Hollywood

o Gender studies (masculinity and femininity in film)

o Genre studies (crime, war, melodrama)

o Cultural studies (race, class, age in film)

o Film history


· Edgar Award - Nomination for 'Best Critical/Biographical Book' (2012) for Detecting Women

· Anthony Award -  Nomination for 'Best Critical Nonfiction Work' (2012) for Detecting Women

External Funding

· SSHRC Insight Grant (2012-16) for Detecting Chinatown 

· SSHRC Standard Research Grant (2005-09) for Softboiled Men and Hardboiled Women

Online Resources (Contributor)

Crime Fiction Canada:



Selected Publications


Gates, P. and Lisa Funnell, eds. Transnational Asian Identities in Pan-Pacific Cinemas: The Reel Asian Exchange. New York: Routledge, 2011. 244pp.

Gates, P. Detecting Women: Gender and the Hollywood Detective Film. Albany, NY: State University of New York Press, 2011. 416 pp.

Gates, P. Detecting Men: Masculinity and the Hollywood Detective Film. Albany, NY: State University of New York Press, 2006. 346pp.

Gillis, Stacy and P. Gates, eds. The Devil Himself: Villainy in Detective Fiction and Film. Westport: Greenwood Press, 2002. 217 pp.

Journal Articles

Gates, P. “The Assimilated Asian American as American Action Hero: Anna May Wong, Keye Luke, and James Shigeta in the Classical Hollywood Detective Film.” Canadian Journal of Film Studies 22.2 (Fall 2013): 19-40. 

Gates, P. “The Asian Renovation of Biracial Buddy Action: Negotiating Globalization in the Millennial Hollywood Cop Action Film.” Journal of Popular Film and Television 40.2 (2012): 83-93.

Gates, P. “Acting His Age?: The Resurrection of the 80s Action Heroes and their Aging Stars.” Quarterly Review of Film and Video 27.4 (2010): 276-89.

Gates, P. “The Maritorious Melodrama: Film Noir with a Female Detective.” Journal of Film and Video 61.3 (Fall 2009): 24-39.

Gates, P. “The Three Sam Spades: The Shifting Model of American Masculinity in the Three Films of The Maltese Falcon.” Framework 49.1 (Spring 2008): 7-26.

Gates, P. “‘Fighting the Good Fight’: The Real and the Moral in the Contemporary Hollywood Combat Film.” Quarterly Review of Film and Video 22.4 (Oct-Dec 2005): 297-310.

Gates, P. “Manhunting: The Female Detective in the Contemporary Serial Killer Film.” Post Script: Essays in Film and the Humanities 24.1 (Fall 2004): 42-61.

Gates, P. “Always a Partner in Crime: Black Masculinity and the Hollywood Detective Film.” The Journal of Popular Film and Television 32.1 (Spring 2004): 20-9.

Gates, P. “The Man’s Film: Woo and the Pleasure of Male Melodrama.” The Journal of Popular Culture 35.1 (Summer 2001): 59-79.

Book Chapters

Gates, P. “Independence Unpunished: The Female Detective in Classic Film Noir.” Kiss the Blood off my Hands: Re-Screening Classic Noir. Ed. Robert Miklitsch. Champaign, IL: Illinois University Press (forthcoming 2014).

Gates, P. “’Hidden in the Snow’: Female Violence against the Men Who Hate Women in the ‘Millennium’ Adaptations.” Rape in Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy and Beyond: Contemporary Scandinavian and Anglophone Crime Fiction. Eds. Berit ?ström, Katarina Gregersdotter, and Tanya Horeck. London: Palgrave Macmillan (2012). 193-214.

Gates, P. “A Good Vintage or Damaged Goods? Clint Eastwood and Aging in Hollywood Film.” Clint Eastwood, Actor and Director: Volume II. Ed. Leonard Engel. Salt Lake City: Utah UP (2012): 168-89.

Gates. P. “Hong Kong Noir: American Film Noir and Asian Innovation, 1956-66.” Transnational Asian Identities in Pan-Pacific Cinemas: The Reel Asian Exchange. Ed. P. Gates and L. Funnell. New York: Routledge (2011). 3-16.

Gates, P. “Criminal Investigation on Film.” Blackwell Companion to Crime Fiction. Eds. Charles J. Rzepka and Lee Horsley. Oxford: Blackwell Publishing (2010). 344-355.

Gates, P. “Getting Away with It: Villainy in the Contemporary Hollywood Detective Film.” The Devil Himself: Villainy in Detective Fiction and Film. Eds. S. Gillis and P. Gates. Westport: Greenwood Press (2002). 183-96.

Interview Article

Gates, P. “Conversation with Scholars of American Popular Culture: Featured Guest Philippa Gates. Americana: The Journal of American Popular Culture 1900 to the Present 8.2 (Fall 2009) http://www.americanpopularculture/journal/articles/fall_2009/gates.htm> (4826 words).

Professional Service

§ President of the Film Studies Association of Canada (2010-2012)

§ Board Member of Cinematheque Waterloo (2008-2011)

§ Series Editor for Wilfrid Laurier University Press’s Film and Media Studies Series (2006 - )

§ Contributor to Crime Fiction Canada (2005 - )

§ Contributor to Crimeculture (2002 - )

§ Juror for the Brantford Film Festival Competition (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013)

§ Juror for Grand River Film Festival’s “Short Shorts” Competition (2009, 2010)

§ Juror for the Multicultural Cinema Club’s Local Focus Film Festival Competition (2010, 2011)

Graduate Seminars Taught

§ EN 616—Women and Crime in Fiction and Film

§ EN 650—Hardboiled Fiction and Film

§ EN 615—Film Spectatorship

Undergraduate Courses Taught

§ FS 101—Film and Narrative

§ FS 103—Film and Genre

§ FS 243—Hollywood Auteurs

§ FS 249—The Detective Film

§ FS 252—Film Noir

§ FS 257—The Western

§ FS 264—American Film 1929-1969

§ FS 341—Classical Film Theory

§ FS 344—American Film Since 1969

§ FS 443a—War in Literature and Film

§ FS 443d—Noir