Michael Walsh was born in London, England and educated at universities in both Britain and the United States. He has been a cinema professor since 1986, and has taught in the Cinema Department at the University of Hartford since he co-founded it with Robert Lang in 1997. Dr. Walsh was the first Chair of the Department, and served in that capacity until fall of 2009. So he has seen Cinema at Hartford mushroom from zero to more than sixty majors, from a start-up in which all the filmmaking equipment fit into one file drawer to today’s large dedicated spaces with 24/7 access to HD workstations.
Dr. Walsh is committed to teaching and enjoys working with students. He is a regular teacher of Introduction to Film, Film Analysis, and World Cinema. His recent topics courses include Alfred Hitchcock, Genres and Genders, Film and Dream, and Comedy Film. He has worked in independent studies with individual students on Carl-Theodor Dreyer, Yasujiro Ozu, Jean-Luc Godard, Bernardo Bertolucci, David Lynch, David Cronenberg, Hollywood Auteurs of the 1970s, Japanese Cinema, and Vietnam and Film.
Like the other professors in Cinema, Dr. Walsh is highly active in his field. He has published on classical Hollywood directors Jacques Tourneur and Douglas Sirk, modern Hollywood directors Martin Scorsese and Robert Altman, French filmmakers Jean-Luc Godard and Chris Marker, British filmmakers Peter Greenaway, Mike Leigh, and Derek Jarman, and cultural theorists Jacques Lacan, Fredric Jameson, Jean Baudrillard, Slavoj Zizek, and Alain Badiou. His recent publications and presentations are on installation video makers Janet Cardiff and Isaac Julien and sound in experimental film and video (Andy Warhol, Christian Marclay, Bruce High Quality Foundation).
Dr. Walsh also works regularly with community and film culture audiences. For three years, he programmed the Harpur Film Society at SUNY-Binghamton, showing art-house, documentary, and alternative films. He has also programmed for the Johnson Museum at Cornell University and the Hill-Stead Museum in Farmington, Connecticut. He has introduced films and led discussions at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, and the Virginia Film Festival.