Collegiate Faculty


Film History

Matthew Kennedy is the author of three biographies of classic Hollywood: Marie Dressler: A Biography, Edmund Goulding's Dark Victory: Hollywood's Genius Bad Boy, and Joan Blondell: A Life Between Takes. His newest book, Roadshow! The Fall of Film Musicals in the 1960s, will be published by Oxford University Press in 2013. In addition, he has written for the San Francisco Chronicle, Gay & Lesbian Review Worldwide, and Bright Lights online film journal. He has been a guest speaker on film history at the Museum of Modern Art, Pacific Film Archive, Mechanics Institute Library and on radio, podcasts, film and television. He has taught in Spain and England through the American Institute for Foreign Studies and is presently on the full-time faculty at City College of San Francisco. He holds a B.A. in theater arts from the University of California–Los Angeles and an M.A. in anthropology from the University of California–Davis, where he was awarded a Fulbright fellowship. His website is

Matthew Kennedy can be contacted at 415.503.6200 x6738 or