Retired Associate Professor
I teach a variety of courses related to film history, national cinemas, genres and animation. My research interests are devoted to the early work of Robert Flaherty (the “father of documentary”) and to the animation studios headed by Walt Disney and Max and Dave Fleischer. I have written a book on the Fleischers and a number of articles on Flaherty, Disney and the Fleischers in Cinema Journal, Film History, Screen, Animation Journal, Art History, Film Comment, Blimp, and other journals. I am currently working on a study of the relationships among the Disney studio, the U.S. government, major arms manufacturers, and the armed forces during the Eisenhower era.
Outside of Carleton, I have been active as a guest curator for museums, archives and film festivals, including the Museum of Modern Art and American Museum of the Moving Image in New York, the Cinémathèque Française and Aubervilliers Festival in Paris, the Singapore Arts Festival, the Los Angeles County Museum, the Diagonale Festival in Salzburg, the Israel Film Festival in Jerusalem, the Tel Aviv Cinémathèque and the Ottawa International Animation Festival.
Professor Langer retired on July 1, 2012.