John C. Tibbetts

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences - School of the Arts - Film and Media Studies
Associate Professor
Primary office:
Summerfield Hall
Room 118H
University of Kansas
1300 Sunnyside Ave. Suite 230
Lawrence, KS 66045


John C Tibbetts is an Associate Professor in the Department of Film and Media Studies at the University of Kansas, where he teaches courses in film history, media studies, and theory and aesthetics. He is an author, educator, and broadcaster, as well as an artist and pianist.

Tibbetts holds a Ph.D. from the University of Kansas in Multi-Disciplinary Studies (Art History, Theater, Photography, and Film).

As a broadcaster, journalist, and scholar he has hosted his own television show in Kansas City, Missouri; worked as a news reporter/commentator for CBS Television (KCTV) and National Public Radio; produced classical music programming for KXTR-FM radio; written (and illustrated) nine books, more than 200 articles, and several short stories.

From 1976-1985 Tibbetts edited the bi-monthly magazine, American Classic Screen (the publication of the National Film Society). He is a regular contributor to The Christian Science Monitor newspaper and radio network. He has been a Senior Editor for the Annual Movie/Video Guides from Ballantine Books, and has been a Senior Consultant and Contributor to several major reference works, including The New Film Index, The Encyclopedia Of The 20th Century, The Oxford Companion To Mystery And Crime Writing, Magill's Guide To Science Fiction And Fantasy Literature, and American Cultural Biography.

His books include His Majesty The American: The Films Of Douglas Fairbanks, Sr. (A.S. Barnes, 1977), Introduction To The Photoplay(Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, 1977), The American Theatrical Film (Popular Press, 1985), Dvorak In America (Amadeus Press, 1993), The Encyclopedia Of Novels Into Film (Facts on File, 1998), and The Cinema Of Tony Richardson (SUNY Press, 1999). His most recent books are The Encyclopedia Of Stage Plays Into Film (2001), Shakespeare Into Film (2002), and The Encyclopedia Of Great Filmmakers. In preparation is a book for Yale University Press, "Composers On Film."

Many of his video interviews with entertainment celebrities can be accessed on KU Scholarworks. Each interview runs about 6-8 minutes. They were gathered during his days as a broadcast journalist through to the present. Read "Film prof makes movie star interviews available through KU ScholarWorks" in The Oread for more information.

Research Interests

  • Film Theory and Criticism

Selected Publications

Tibbetts, John C. The Gothic Imagination: Conversations on Classic Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror in the Media. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011.

Tibbetts, John C. Schumann: A Chorus of Voices. New York: Amadeus Press, 2010.

Tibbetts, John C. Composers in the Movies: Studies in Musical Biography. New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2005.

Tibbetts, John C., Welsh, James M (Ed.). The Encyclopedia of Novels into Film. 2nd ed. New York: Facts on File, 2005.

Tibbetts, John C., Welsh, James M (Ed.). The Encyclopedia of Great Filmmakers. New York: Facts on File, 2002.

Tibbetts, John C., Welsh, James M (Ed.). The Encyclopedia of Stage Plays into Film. New York: Facts on File, 2001.

Tibbetts, John C., Welsh, James M (Ed.). Novels into Film: The Encyclopedia of Movies Adapted fro Books. New York: Facts on File, 1999.

Tibbetts, John C. The American Theatrical Film: Stages of Development. Bowling Green, OH: The Popular Press, 1985.

Tibbetts, John C., and James M. Welsh. His Majesty the American: The Cinema of Douglas Fairbanks, Sr. Cranbury, NJ: A.S. Barnes, 1977.

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