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Marlisa Santos, Ph.D.

Marlisa Santos
Chair / Associate Professor
Dept. of Literature and Modern Languages
(954) 262-8213
Office: Mailman-Hollywood 316


  • Ph.D. University of Miami
  • M.A. University of Miami
  • B.A. Florida Atlantic University

Professional Interests

Marlisa Santos, Ph.D., is associate professor and chair of the Department of Literature and Modern Languages in the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences (CAHSS) at Nova Southeastern University. In addition to being a faculty member, she has held various academic administrative roles at NSU since 2001. She has been actively involved in the honors program, first-year experience program, and the Lifelong Learning Institute. She frequently teaches courses on film noir, literature and film, major directors, and honors seminars on such topics as myth and fairy tale in popular culture and utopias/dystopias.

Dr. Santos' current research and teaching interests focus on film studies, particularly classic film and film noir.  She is author of The Dark Mirror: Psychiatry and Film Noir (Lexington, 2010) and editor of Verse, Voice, and Vision: Poetry and the Cinema (Scarecrow Press, 2013). She has also published numerous essays in peer-reviewed anthologies on various topics such as the James Bond franchise, American mafia cinema, and contemporary southern film, and on directors such as Martin Scorsese, Edgar G. Ulmer, and Joseph Lewis. Forthcoming publications include articles on The Night of the Hunter and Budd Boetticher. She has presented at numerous academic conferences, including the South Atlantic Modern Language Association, the Northeast Modern Language Association, and the Film and History Conference. She is currently working on a book-length study of vice and the production code in film noir.

Areas of Academic Focus

  • Film Noir
  • Classic Film Studies
  • Literature and Film
  • Myth/fairy tale in Popular Culture 

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