Students

Dave Burnham

Research Interests: 

Aesthetics, theory and history of avant-gardes in cinema and related arts; film theory, science fiction, cinemas of political modernism, digital cinema theory and practice.

Basil Dababneh

Research Interests: 

Film and temporality; queer theory; aesthetics and politics; cultural studies; digital horror

Tanya Desai

Research Interests: 

Film and philosophy through the work of Cavell, American Transcendentalism and ordinary language philosophy; aesthetic theories of time and narrative in literature and film; history of film criticism, esp. Bazin and Agee.

Pedro Doreste

Research Interests: 

Propaganda; Hollywood film reception during the Cold War; state-sponsored piracy, with particular attention to Revolutionary Cuba; screen-capture technologies and respresentations of computer interface in film.

Clint Froehlich

Research Interests: 

Hollywood / American film style and form (1896-present, especially post-1960); sound in film and sounds studies; video games (particularly cinematic and narrative forms within them); gendered and queer representation in moving-image practice; auteur studies and authorship; box office analysis; formalist and neo-formalist approaches to cinema & media studies; classical film theory; female, minority, and/or queer directors; history of audio-visual technology; media theory and criticism; horror and science-fiction film & literature; television studies. 

Dissertation: 

"The Baring of Style: Contemporary American Cinema and Sensory Storytelling"

Zain Jamshaid

Research Interests: 

Mise-en-scène and style in twenty-first century global art cinema; modernism and realism; commercial and independent cinemas of Iran, Israel, and Turkey; Parallel Cinema; New Latin American cinema; queer experimental film and video.

Dissertation: 

“Times and Winds”: On the History of Film Style in Turkish Art Film

Tien-Tien Jong

Research Interests: 

Dance in film; opera films and musicals; pop music in film; automatons, robots and non-human characters; "rampant juvenile delinquency"; costuming; Brakhage and Anger; representations of gender, race, and disability; animation; Technicolor; and video art. 

Gary Kafer

Research Interests: 

Surveillance studies; media materialism; theories of race, gender, and sexuality; contemporary art; biopolitics

Ritika Kaushik

Research Interests: 

Documentary film; film historiography; government film. 

Katerina Korola

Research Interests: 

Katerina Korola is a PhD candidate pursuing a joint-degree in the Departments of Cinema and Media Studies and Art History. Her research interests include set design and other forms of designed environments (greenhouses, botanical gardens, department stores, film studios, theatres, exhibition pavilions); traditions of visionary architecture in the twentieth-century; ruins, decay, and waste in postwar art and film; the archive in contemporary art and film practices; and abstraction across media (especially the monochrome).

Avery LaFlamme

Research Interests: 

Documentary theory and practice; Black amateur filmmaking; Film exhibition history; Witness testimony; Black music and performance

Francesca Lambert

Research Interests: 

Animation, especially stop-motion and object; critical craft studies; documentary; film sound; Latin American cinema; experimental and avant-garde cinema; museum studies; photography; programming and curation; special effects; theories of spectatorship; video art.

Leah Li

Research Interests: 

Cinema and media studies as related to philosophical thoughts; gender issues; affects theory.

Noa Merkin

Research Interests: 

My research interests include the interconnectedness between film and philosophical themes such as medium and mediation, movement and vitality; Kant, Goethe and German Romanticism, Walter Benjamin.

AP Pettinelli

Research Interests: 

Autonomia, Deleuze & Guattari, production of subjectivity, inoperativity, insurrection, collectivity, noise

Nicolas Rueda-Sabater

Research Interests: 

Documentary theory; ecology, environmental catastrophe, and the relation of cinema to the nonhuman; horror and the occult; special effects and CGI environments; aesthetics and politics

Shubham Shivang

Research Interests: 

South Asian cinemas; Bhojpuri and its film and music culture; Bollywood and Hindi film; vernacular Indian cinemas; post-colonial theory; cinema and subjectivity; difference and its articulation; cinema and semiosis. 

Maggie Sivit

Research Interests: 

Network aesthetics; Internet culture; the index argument of cinema; digital media and digitization; simulated / augmented / alternate reality experiences; realisms; semiotics; semantics; trans-media information and communication systems; the works of C. S. Peirce and Ludwig Wittgenstein. Broadly speaking, I am interested in philosophy of language and philosophy of mind, vis-a-vis new media.

Amy Skjerseth

Research Interests: 

My work focuses on sound, music, and voice in cinema, particularly the 1960's and 70's Amercian avant-garde but also more contemporary art and horror cinema. Through sound studies and theories of embodiment, I close read sound as a material linkage between spectators and onscreen bodies. As such, I'm interested in haptic aurality (a kind of multisensory awareness to sound studies) which encompasses topics such as voice and disability and representations of the non-human. 

Nova Smith

Research Interests: 

African American film, aesthetics, and material culture; theories of abjection and blackness; the black public sphere; constructions of whiteness in the black imaginary; posthumanism and embodiment; Latin American cinema with an emphasis on Brazilian film; the Black Atlantic and diasporic black cultures; cinematic representations of Transatlantic slavery across national and generic lines; post-classical Hollywood cinema, including independent film; science-fiction and horror genres

Dissertation: 

"For Us, By Us (On the Low...)": Resistance, Subversion, and a 'Post-Racial' Black Cinematic Aesthetic

Aurore Spiers

Research Interests: 

Women in silent cinema, French cinema, serials from the 1920s, silent comedies and westerns, Jean Durand, early stardom, Jean Rollin and Jess Franco.

Pao-chen Tang

Research Interests: 

Contemporary East Asian cinemas; Chinese-language cinemas of all periods and regions; transcultural genres and modes (especially melodrama, ecocinema, and martial arts cinema); special effects; set design and location shooting; animal studies; landscape aesthetics; primitivism in the arts (especially animism and shamanism)

Shannon Tarbell

Research Interests: 

Classical film theory; film sound, especially the voice; classical Hollywood cinema; cinema's relation to other arts and issues of medium specificity; cinematic contingency; theories of the everyday and the ordinary; forms of philosophical skepticism; ordinary language philosophy; and Stanley Cavell. 

Dissertation: 

"Small Talk: Film Dialogue and the Ordinary"

Ashley Truehart

Research Interests: 

Research Interests: The specter of the Hollywood Production Code over present-day representations of race and so-called racial harmony in mainstream film and network television; the ways in which those representations have shifted and collided over the course of the 20th (and into the 21st) century; manifestations of Black liberation ideologies through media; the effects platform and anticipated audience have on Black art or art incorporating Black subjects; "gatekeeping".

Artemis Willis

Research Interests: 

The magic lantern; film historiography and media archaeology; early and silent cinema; experimental and avant-garde cinema; film and still photography; documentary and nonfiction film; melodrama and spectacle; early popular visual culture.

Dissertation: 

The Magic Lantern Today: Apparatus, Archaeology, Aesthetics

Panpan Yang

Research Interests: 

Animation; global melodrama; opera film; digital graphics; Photoshop studies; theories of temporality; the relation between texture and emotion; the secret symmetry between cinema and calligraphy; the act of walking in cinemas; hieroglyphics; subtitles; Chinese cinemas; Asian cinemas (East Asian cinemas, cinemas in Southeast Asia; cinematic interactions between China and India); minor cinema; the geopolitics of film theory.