Scott F. Stoddart, Ph.D.

Associate Professor & Chair of English

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About Dr. Stoddart

Dr. Scott F. Stoddart, Professor of English and president of the Faculty Senate, teaches courses in British and American literature; cinema; theatre; and television studies at Saint Peter’s University.

He has published over 30 essays on the fiction of Henry James, E. M. Forster, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Patricia Highsmith; the musical plays of Stephen Sondheim; and the films of the Coen Brothers, Tom Ford, Jane Campion, Jack Clayton, George Cukor, John Ford, Oliver Stone, Quentin Tarantino and Martin Scorsese. He has also published on the image of the president in Hollywood film and in television.

He is a host of the Sundance television series Love / Lust. He is also a contributing correspondent for the PBS series American Icons. And he was a featured contributor to the Smithsonian Channel series The Real Mad Men of Advertising.

He has published five books: Exploring Downton Abbey: Critical Essays on the PBS Series (McFarland, 2018); True Detective: Critical Essays on the HBO Series (Lexington, 2018), co-edited by Michael Samuel; The New Western: Critical Essays on the Genre since 9/11 (McFarland, 2015); Analyzing Mad Men: Critical Essays on the Television Series (McFarland, 2011); and The 1980s: American Popular Culture through History (Greenwood, 2006). His latest book, Seeing Queerly: Gay Auteurs and Aesthetics will be published this fall by Lexington Press. His next books will focus on the cultural significance of Dallas (1978 – 1990), the life and films of George Cukor, and on the villains of films noirs titled Queer Eye for a Straight Dick.

Career & Accomplishments


  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Ph.D. M.A.

  • University of Maine, B.A.