- University of Maryland University College, Bachelor of Arts in English Literature
University of Southern California, Master of Arts in Critical Studies
David Lerner received his MA and PhD from USC’s School of Cinematic Arts. His dissertation, “A Taste for Trash: The Persistence of Exploitation in American Cinema, 1960-1975,” explores key aesthetic, economic, and legal developments in the post-war American film industry filtered through the lens of exploitation film practices. His areas of scholarly interest include independent cinema, criticism and the construction of taste, representations of sexuality, and media industry studies. He has published work on nostalgia for the grindhouse in the collection CINEMA INFERNO, and an urban analysis of HBO’s THE WIRE in QUARTERLY REVIEW OF FILM AND VIDEO.
He currently teaches film and television courses at Chapman University, Loyola Marymount University, and University of Southern California.