Brett Holden, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Associate Curator Gish Film Theater

Office: 238 Wolfe Center
Phone: (419) 372-0593
E mail:

Courses Taught :

  • Introduction to Film

Institutions/Professional Companies with which Dr. Holden  has worked:

Dr. Holden received a B.A. and M.A. in English from Gannon University and his Ph.D. in Modern Literature (with an emphasis  on 20th century literature and film of war) from BGSU.

Since 1995, Dr.Holden has worked to help promote the study of film as an artistic medium through his work with the Gish Film Theater and Gallery.  As Associate Curator, he manages daily  film theater operations, co-hosts the Gish Sunday Matinee series, and chairs the Lillian and Dorothy Gish Scholarship Committee.  Currently, he is supervising the construction of the Gish Video Center, which will open in spring 2008.

Deeply concerned with student learning, Dr. Holden helped found the residential learning community movement at BGSU through his work with the nationally recognized Chapman Community at Kohl and he currently serves as a regional and national consultant on learning community design and development.   In 2005, Dr. Holden received the highest award for teaching bestowed upon BGSU faculty, the Master Teacher Award.

In 2007, Dr. Holden’s work in service learning on behalf of veterans and their families (the Veteran Assessment and Service Team) helped BGSU gain national recognition on the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.

In the summer of 2008 Dr. Holden was selected to join the Special Studies Faculty at the Chautauqua Institution of New York, where he taught his course entitled Witnessing War:   The 20th/21st Century Soldier Experience in Literature and Film .   This fall, he will travel to Walter Reed Medical Institute, to present on the image of the American soldier in contemporary film as part of the Calendar/Binford Lecture Series.  

Union or Professional Organizations:

  • Gish Film Theater and Gallery
  • Gish Video Center
  • Director and faculty advisor, Veteran Assessment and Service Team

Research Interests:

Dr. Holden's research interests include the American soldier in popular film, cinematic representations of mental illness and the American veteran, media and war propaganda, service learning, learning community design and development and learning theory.