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Zachary T Ingle

Visiting Assistant Professor of Communication Cynthia Ann Parker College of Liberal Arts Communication


  • Ph.D., Film and Media Studies, University of Kansas, 2015
  • Master of Arts, English and African American Literature, North Carolina A&T State University, 2008
  • Master of Divinity, Baylor University, 2003
  • Bachelor of Arts, English, Christian Studies, and Communication, Howard Payne University, 2001

Ingle is a film and media studies scholar who specializes in such diverse topics as African American cinema, sports films, superhero media, Christian popular culture, and the intersection of religion and film. He received his Ph.D. at the University of Kansas, where he wrote his dissertation on Robert Rodriguez and changes in the American independent filmmaking landscape since the early 1990s. He also has graduate degrees in English and religion, writing his master’s thesis on Dostoevsky’s influence on Spike Lee, Woody Allen, and the Coen brothers.

He recently co-authored the book The 100 Greatest Superhero Films and TV Shows (Rowman & Littlefield, 2022). His previous books include Robert Rodriguez: Interviews (University of Mississippi Press, 2012); Identity and Myth in Sports Documentaries and Gender and Genre in Sports Documentaries (both Scarecrow, 2013); and Fan Phenomena: The Big Lebowski (Intellect, 2014).

Ingle loves writing for books, encyclopedias, and scholarly journals. His articles have appeared in Post Script, Journal of Sport History, and Literature/Film Quarterly. He also has chapters published in six different books, and is currently working on chapters on the horror film Mother! and the Rocky-Creed saga.

Before coming to Hardin-Simmons, Ingle taught in film, English, and religion departments at universities in Kansas and Virginia.

Ingle is originally from Loop, Texas and is married to Jemima Ingle, Associate Professor of Chemistry. They are active members at First Central Presbyterian Church in Abilene where Jemima is a deacon, Zachary teaches Sunday School, and both sing in the choir.

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