Meet Dr. Robert Sickels


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Robert C. Sickels received his Ph.D. from the University of Nevada in Reno, Nevada, where he wrote his dissertation on the narrative role of landscapes in John Ford’s Westerns and spent a lot of time mountain bike riding and betting on sports.  At Whitman, he is a full professor and the Director of the Film & Media Studies Program and teaches filmmaking and film history courses.  He is also the father of two great kids, hopelessly addicted to popular culture, especially movies, TV, music, and politics, an independent filmmaker and the founder of Big Whiskey Studios, a prolific author and editor, a baseball junkie, a foodie, a blogger, a competitive bingo player, a fantasy sports enthusiast, an avid cyclist, and a semi-professional mixologist who takes his craft very seriously.