Chuck Maland has a broad interest in narrative and documentary films. Most of his writing has focused on the relationship between American movies and American society. His book Chaplin and American Culture: The Evolution of a Star Image, was nominated for a number of book awards and won the Theater Library Association Award for best book in the area of "Recorded Performance" (books about film, radio, or TV) in the year it was released. He's also written on directors like John Ford, Frank Capra, Orson Welles, Stanley Kubrick, and the Polish director Andrjez Wajda, on genres like silent film comedy and the social problem film, and—for the Rutgers Screen Decades series—on American movies in 1939 and 1978. His most regular course is Film and American Culture (334), but he also teaches Introduction to Film Studies, a graduate course on Film Form, History, and Analysis, and has done special topics courses on the American movies in the 1930s, on the American Film Renaissance from the mid-1960s to mid-1970s, and Woody Allen. He's equally committed to exploring how movies work through a formalist approach to film studies and how movies relate to society through a cultural studies approach.