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Casey Ratto

Ph.D. Graduate Student, American Studies

Casey Ratto.

Casey’s research interests are focused on the intersection of film genres and how this intersection creates hybrid genres. Specifically, this focus is centered on the post-apocalyptic genre and how it is heavily indebted to the Western. This is due to the post-apocalyptic translation and adaptation of Western genre motifs, tropes and archetypes to create a world that is both foreign and familiar to the audience.

Other research interests include: sport studies, game studies, comic studies and popular culture.



Ratto, Casey “Not Superhero Accessible: The Temporal Stickiness of Disability in Superhero Comics.” In Disability Studies Quarterly, 37, no.2 (Spring 2017)

Book Chapters

Ratto, Casey “Ghosts in the Machine: Emotion and Haunting in the Creation of the Irrational Robot” Horror in Space: Critical Essays on a Film Subgenre, edited by Michelle Brittany, 140-150. Jefferson: McFarland, 2017.

Ratto, Casey “Brick Houses with Glass Foundations: The Failure Points of Post-Apocalyptic Nationalism” in Apocalyptic Chic: Visions of the Apocalypse and Post-Apocalypse in Literature and Visual Arts, edited by Barbara Brodman and James E Doan, 77-88. Madison: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2017.


Ratto, Casey Rickey & Robinson: The True Untold Story of Integration of Baseball, International Review for the Sociology of Sport 50, no.6 (September 2015): 757-759

Conference Presentations

April 2017 “Night of the Socially Dead: The Appropriation and Adaptation of Zombie Mythology.” National Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Conference. San Diego, CA

March 2016 “Brick Houses with Glass Foundations: The Failure Points of Post-Apocalyptic Nationalism.” National Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Conference. Seattle, WA.

February 2015 “From the Road Warrior to the Gunslinger: The Post-Apocalyptic and the Western in Cinema.” Southwest Popular Culture Association. Albuquerque, NM.

April 2013 “America’s Fever Dream: The Spanish Flu and Public Memory.” California American Studies Association. San Diego, CA.

Professional Experience

Editorial Assistant, American Quarterly, Spring 2013
University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA

Contact Mr. Ratto
Thompson Hall 9

Spring 2019 Office Hours

Mondays and Wednesdays, 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Courses Taught

CES 101
CES 260
CES 308
CES 201 (T.A.)
History 105 (T.A.)