Administrative Contacts

James Chandler  I  Chair of Cinema and Media Studies
Walker 507 - Office hours: by appointment

Allyson Nadia Field  I  Director of Graduate Studies
Classics 309 - Office hours: by appointment

Salomé Skvirsky  I  Director of Undergraduate Studies
Classics 305 - Office hours: Wednesdays 2:30-3:30 and by appointment

Traci Verleyen Hope  I  Department Administrator
Classics 304; Tuesday - Friday all day, Mondays until 2:45pm

Contact Traci for any information related to the CMS curricular committee, the CMS/FSC programming committee, the doctoral program, graduate admissions, CMS undergraduate program, and faculty searches in Cinema and Media Studies and Media, Arts, and Design.   

Shekinah Thornton  I  Department Assistant
Classics 304; Tuesdays / Thursdays, Friday mornings

Contact Shekinah for information related to department / co-sponsored events, coordination with the Film Studies Center, room bookings, student / visitor reimbursements, faculty office hours, and website updates. 

Marrissa Ballard  I  Student Affairs Administrator
Classics 304; Mondays, Wednesday / Friday afternoons

Contact Riss for information related to the Media Arts and Design Minor program and connecting with the MADD Center. 

Department Listservs

  • - This listserv is to distribute announcements to Cinema and Media Studies faculty, graduate students, staff, and those affiliated with the department. If you have a screening, lecture, or event announcement you would like to have distributed, please send these directly to this list. 
  • - Open communication for core faculty, affiliates, and post-doctoral fellows associated with the department of Cinema and Media Studies

CMS Department Wiki

  • A lot of information related to the PhD program - instructions for registration, exams, CFPs, essential forms, examples of syllabi, and the CMS Graduate Student Handbook - can be found on the Cinema and Media Studies Department Wiki; accessing the Wiki requires a UChicago ID.