John C. Tibbetts is an Associate Professor in the Department of Film and Media Studies at the University of Kansas, where he teaches courses in film history, media studies, and theory and aesthetics. He is an author, educator, broadcaster, as well as an artist and pianist.
He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Kansas in Multi-Disciplinary Studies (Art History, Theater, Photography and Film).
As a broadcaster and journalist and scholar he has worked as a news reporter for CBS Television and National Public Radio; produced classical music programming for Kansas Public Radio; written (and illustrated) 20 books, more than 250 articles, and several short stories.
His most recent books are The Gothic Worlds of Peter Straub (McFarland, 2016), Those Who Made It: Conversations with the Legends of Hollywood (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015), Peter Weir: Interviews(Mississippi, 2014), The Gothic Imagination (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012), American Classic Screen (in three volumes from Scarecrow Press, 2010), Composers in the Movies: Studies in Musical Biography (Yale University Press, 2005), Schumann: A Chorus of Voices (Amadeus Press, 2010), and Dvorak in America (Amadeus Press, 1993). Most of these books contain John’s paintings and illustrations.
John has researched, written, produced, and narrated two radio series, The World of Robert Schumann which was distributed worldwide by the WFMT Radio Network, and Piano Portraits, broadcast on Kansas Public Radio.
He was awarded in 2008 the Kansas Governor’s Arts in Education Award, presented by Governor Kathleen Sebelius.