Dr. Novotny Lawrence teaches classes such as History of African American Images in Film, Media and Society, Diversity in the Media, and Qualitative Research Methods. His research primarily centers on Black cinematic and mediated experiences, and popular culture. Lawrence is the author of Blaxploitation Films of the 1970s: Blackness and Genre (Routledge, 2007), the editor of Documenting the Black Experience (McFarland, 2014), and the co-editor of Beyond Blaxploitation (Wayne State University Press, 2016). He has also published journal articles/book chapters on Black Dynamite, the comedy of Dave Chappelle, C.S.A.: The Confederate States of America, African American religious iconography in Good Times, and Jordan Peele's Get Out. His current research projects include, a co-authored book on Oscar and BAFTA-winning screenwriter and director Kevin Willmott, and a co-edited volume focusing on Black horror films.