Gerald Peary, PhD

Department of Communication and Journalism

Phone: 617-573-8505
Fax: 617-742-6982
Office: Ridgeway Building, Rm. 412


  • PhD, University of Wisconsin
  • MA, New York University
  • BA, Rider University

Current Employment

Dr. Gerald Peary is a Professor of Communications and Journalism, having taught since 1981 a variety of courses in arts journalism and film studies. He has been a weekly film critic for the Boston Phoenix since 1996. He has been the programmer-curator for the Boston University Cinematheque, bringing filmmakers to speak to BU students, since 1994.

Current Projects

Gerald Peary's 2009 full-length documentary, For the Love of Movies: the Story of American Film Criticism, for which he is writer and director, has played more than 60 film festivals, theatres, museums, and universities around the world. Among the countries: Canada, Scotland, Iceland, Israel, Mexico, Argentina, Norway, Finland. Among the universities: Brandeis, Dartmouth, Cornell, UCLA, Northeastern, Boston University, the University of Nebraska. The University of Arkansas-Conway. The film has sold to broadcasters in Spain, France, and Japan, and played, in the US, on the Documentary Channel.

Peary's book, Samuel Fuller: Interviews, will be published in 2011 by the University Press of Mississippi. This same academic press has appointed Peary as General Editor of its 60-volume Conversations with Filmmakers series.

Other Writings

Gerald Peary is the author of seven books on cinema, and of many hundreds of arts articles in newspapers, magazines, and books, written over thirty years.

Other Experience

Gerald Peary was a Fulbright Scholar in Belgrade, former Yugoslavia, and the Acting Curator of the Harvard Film Archive. He has attended film festivals around the world, often serving as president of the critics jury in such places as Bangkok, Rotterdam, Mexico City, Karlovy Vary (Czech Repubiic), Turin (Italy). He has been a programmer for the Vancouver Film Festival and the Buenos Aires Independent Festival. He is an elected member of the Boston Society of Film Critics, the National Society of Film Critics, and FIPRECI, the international critics organization.