Alumni Placement

Graduates from 2018-2019

William Carroll - PhD 2019
Dissertation: "The Depths of Flatness and the Voice of Silence: Suzuki Seijun and 1960s Japanese Film Theory"  
Position: Visiting Assistant Professor at Indiana University Bloomington 

Kalisha Cornett - PhD 2019
Dissertation: "Out of the Blur of the Background: Landscape and Experience in the road Film"  
Position: Lecturer and Academic Advisor in the Department of Radio, Television, and Film at Northwestern University

Yuqian Yan - PhD 2019
Dissertation: "The Ancient as Enchantment: Cinematic Representation of the Past in Republican China"   
Position: Post-Doctoral Teaching Fellow at Washington University in St. Louis

Amy Stebbins - PhD 2018
Dissertation: "Theater Against the Turn: Acting Dialectics of Frank Castorf's Volksbühne" 

Graduates from Previous Academic Years

Chris Carloy - PhD 2018
Dissertation: "True 3D: The Form, Concept, and Experience of Three- Dimensionality in 1990s Videogames"  
Position: MAPH Preceptor at the University of Chicago

Nicole Morse - PhD 2018
Dissertation: "Selfie Aesthetics: Form, Performance, and Transfeminist Politics in Self-Representational Art" 
Position: Assistant Professor at Florida-Atlantic University

James Rosenow - PhD 2018
Dissertation: "Forming an American Modernism: The Rise of the Experimental Filmmaker 1927-1939"
Position: Assistant Professor of Film Studies at the University of Rochester

Mikki Kressbach - PhD 2018
Dissertation: "Perfect Contagion Machine: Digital Media, Scientific Evidence, and Emergent Outbreaks on Screen"  
Position: Assistant Professor of Television and New Media at Loyola Marymount

Emily Capper - PhD 2017
Dissertation: "Allan Kaprow and the Dialectives of Instruction, 1947-1968"
Position: Lecturer of Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature at the University of Minnesota

Sabrina Negri - PhD 2017
Dissertation: "Archival Clues: Film, Digital, and the Evidential Paradigm"
Position: Assistant Professor of Film Studies at the University of Colorado, Boulder

Jordan Schonig - PhD 2017
Dissertation: "Cinema's Motion Forms: Film Theory, the Digital Turn, and the Possibilities of Cinematic Movement"
Position: Visiting Assistant Professor of Film Studies at Michigan State University

Ling Zhang - PhD 2017
Dissertation: "Sound Images, Acoustic Culture, and the Transmediality in 1920s-1940s Chinese Cinema" 
Position: Assistant Professor of Cinema Studies at Purchase College, SUNY

Richard Davis - PhD 2016
Dissertation: "Wit and Worldplay: The Japanese Wartime Musical Film, 1931-1945"
Position: Lecturer at Singapore Management University

Ken Eisenstein - PhD 2016
Dissertation: "Dismembering: The Activity of the Archive in Hollis Frampton"
Position: Assistant Professor of English at Bucknell University

Hannah Frank  - PhD 2016
Dissertation: "Looking at Cartoons: The Art, Labor, and Technology of American Cell Animation" 
Position: Hannah was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Film Studies at the University of North Carolina Wilmington until her passing in 2017

Zdenko Mandusic - PhD 2016
Dissertation: "Camerawork: Soviet Film Experience and Visual Politics After Stalin"
Position: Assistant Professor of Russian at Saint Louis University

Mario Slugan - PhD 2016
Dissertation: "Fictions, Narrators, and Early Cinema"
Position: Assistant Professor of Film Studies at Queen Mary University, London

Junko Yamazaki - PhD 2016
Dissertation: "Jidaigeki's Postwar: Visions of the Present in Japanese Period Films"
Position: Assistant Professor of Japanese Cinema and Media at UCLA

Matt Hauske - PhD 2015
Dissertation: "Cowboy Modernity: Contexts of the Hollywood Western, 1946-1964"
Position: Adjunct Professor at DePaul University

Daniel Johnson - PhD 2015
Dissertation: "Interstitial Dimensions: Anonymity and Asynchronicity in Contemporary Media Culture"
Position: Visiting Assistant Professor at the College of William and Mary

Ian Bryce Jones - PhD 2015
Dissertation: "Enough of a World: A Phenomenology of Videogame 'Weltlichkeit'"
Position: Lecturer at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago; writer for Ci3 at the University of Chicago

Dong Liang - PhD 2015
Dissertation: "The World Heard: Sound, Film Theory, and the Cinematic Experience"
Position: Instructional Designer at Stanford University

Namhee Han - PhD 2014
Dissertation: "Technologies of Anamorphic Vision: Widescreen Cinema and Postwar Modernity in Japan and South Korea"
Position: Lecturer of Film and Digital Media at Leiden University

Adam Hart - PhD 2014
Dissertation: "A Cinema of Wounded Bodies: Sensational Abjection and the Spaces of Modern Horror"
Position: Visiting Assistant Professor of Film and Media Studies at the University of Pittsburgh

Marianna Martin - PhD 2014
Dissertation: "Reading the Cards: Contemporary Genre Practice and Digital Audiences"

Adrienne Seely - PhD 2014
Dissertation: "Continuous Resonance: Early 1970s Film Aurality and the Technics of Becoming"
Position: Librarian (Slavic Cataloging and NACO Liaison) for the Chicago Public Library

Po-Chen Tsai - PhD 2013
Dissertation: "Singing, Dancing, and the Mass Production of Non-Belonging: Musicals, Melodramas, Migration, and the Transnationalization of Hong Kong Cinema, 1940s to 1960s"
Position: Assistant Professor at National Chiao Tung University.

Colin Williamson - PhD 2013
Dissertation: "Watching Closely with Turn-of-the-Century Eyes: Obscured Histories of Magic, Science, and Animation in the Cinema"
Position: Assistant Professor of American Studies and Cinema Studies at Rutgers University, New Brunswick

Nathan Holmes - PhD 2012
Dissertation: "Welcome to Fear City: Crime Film and the Urban Imagination, 1970-1975"
Position: Assistant Professor of Cinema Studies at Purchase College, SUNY

Michelle Puetz - PhD 2012
Dissertation: "Variable Area:  Hearing and Seeing Sound in Structural Cinema: 1966-1978"
Position: Curator of Collections and Public Programs at the Chicago Film Archives

Ivan Ross - PhD 2012
Dissertation: "Mediating the Historical Imagination: Visual Media and the U.S. Civil War, 1861-2011"
Position: Media Coordinator at the Duke University Talent Identification Program

Yuki Takinami - PhD 2012
Dissertation: "Reflecting Hollywood: Mobility and LIghtness in Early Silent Films of Ozu Yasujiro, 1927-1933"
Position: Associate Professor of Media Studies at Josai International University

Doron Galili - PhD 2011
Dissertation: "Seeing by Electricity: The Emergence of Television and the Modern Mediascape, 1878-1939"
Position: Research Fellow in the Department of Media Studies at Stockholm University

Andrew Johnston - PhD 2011
Dissertation: "Pulses of Abstraction: Episodes from a History of Animation"
Position: Assistant Professor of English and Film Studies at North Carolina State University

Diane Wei Lewis - PhD 2011
Dissertation: "Moving History: The Great Kanto Earthquake and Film and Mobile Culture in Interwar Japan"
Position: Assistant Professor in the Film and Media Studies Program at Washington University in St. Louis

Katharina Loew - PhD 2011
Dissertation: "Techno-Romanticism: Special Effects in German Fantastic Films of the Silent Era"
Position: Assistant Professor of German and Cinema Studies at the University of Massachusetts Boston

Inga Pollman - PhD 2011
Dissertation: "Cinematic Life: Vitalism and the Moving Image"
Position: Associate Professor of Film Studies at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Scott Richmond - PhD 2011
Dissertation: "Resonant Perception: Cinema, Phenomenology, and the Illusion of Bodily Movement"
Position: Associate Professor of Cinema Studies at the University of Toronto

Man Fung Yip - PhD 2011
Dissertation: "Martial Arts Cinema and Hong Kong Modernity: Bodies, Genders and Transnational Imaginaries"
Position: Associate Professor of Film and Media Studies at the University of Oklahoma

Laura Lee - PhD 2010
Dissertation: "Cinema of the Interval: Stop-Motion Animation and Japanese Film Aesthetics"
Position: Associate Professor in the Department Modern Languages and Linguistics and the Department of Art History at Florida State University

Christina Petersen - PhD 2010
Dissertation: "Paradise for the Young:  Youth Spectatorship in the American Silent Film Era, 1904-1933"
Position: Christian Nielsen Associate Professor of Film Studies at Eckerd College

Ariel Rogers - PhD 2010
Dissertation: "Moving Machines: The Experience of New Technologies from Widescreen to Digital Cinema"
Position: Associate Professor of Radio/Television/Film at Northwestern University

Caitlin McGrath - PhD 2010
Dissertation: "Captivating Motion: Late-Silent Film Sequences of Modern Urban Perception"
Position: Executive Director of the Old Greenbelt Theater in Greenbelt Maryland.

Lee Carruthers - PhD 2008
Dissertation: "Doing Time: Timeliness and Temporal Rhetorics in Contemporary Cinema"
Position: Associate Professor of Communication, Media, and Film at the University of Calgary

Sarah Keller - PhD 2008
Dissertation: "To Fill a Gap: Cinema and Poetry"
Position: Associate Professor of Art and Cinema Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Boston

Theresa Scandiffio - PhD 2008
Dissertation: "Better'n Any Circus That Ever Come to Town': Cinema, Visual Culture and Educational Programming at Chicago's Field Museum of Natural History 1921-35"
Position: Senior Manager of Adult Learning for the Toronto International Film Festival

Julie Turnock - PhD 2008
Dissertation: "Plastic Reality: Special Effects, Art and Technology in 1970s U.S. Filmmaking"
Position: Associate Professor of Media and Cinema Studies at the University of Illinois

Chika Kinoshita - PhD 2007
Dissertation: "Mise-En-Scene of Desire: The Films of Mizoguchi Kenji"
Position: Associate Professor of Film Studies at Kyoto University

Daniel Morgan - PhD 2007
Dissertation: "'A Feeling of Light': Cinema, Aesthetics, and the Films of Jean-Luc Godard at the End of the Twentieth Century"
Position: Associate Professor and Chair of Cinema and Media Studies at the University of Chicago

Charles Tepperman - PhD 2007
Dissertation: "Communicating a New Form of Knowledge: Tracing the Amatuer Cinema League and Its Films 1926-1954" 
Position: Associate Professor and Department Head; Communication, Media, and Film at the University of Calgary

Joshua Yumibe - PhD 2007
Dissertation: "Moving Color: Aesthetic History of Applied Color Technologies in Silent Cinema"
Position: Associate Professor and Director of Film Studies at Michigan State University.

Kaveh Askari - PhD 2005
Dissertation: "Moving Pictures before Motion Pictures: The Pictorial Tradition and American Media Aesthetics, 1890-1920"
Position: Associate Professor in the Department of English at Western Washington University

Weihong Bao - PhD 2005
Dissertation: "Baptism by Fire: Spectatorship and Aesthetic Affect In Chinese Cinema from Shanghai to Chongqing"
Position: Associate Professor of Film and Media Studies at the University of California, Berkeley

Oliver Gaycken - PhD 2005 (English)
Dissertation: "Devices of Curiosity: Cinema in the Field of Scientific Visuality"
Position: Associate Professor in the Department of English at the University of Maryland

Allison Whitney - PhD 2005
Dissertation: "The Eye of Daedalus: A History and Theory of IMAX Cinema"
Position: Associate Professor in the Department of English at Texas Tech University

Terri Francis - PhD 2004 (English)
Dissertation: "Josephine Baker's Museum: Black Dance, French Cinema, Harlem Renaissance"
Position: Associate Professor in the Department of Communication and Culture at Indiana University, Bloomington

Ora Gelley - PhD 2003
Position: Associate Professor and Director of Film Studies at North Carolina State University, Raleigh

Sharon Hayashi - PhD 2003 (History)
Dissertation: "Traveling Film History: Language and Landscape in Japanese Cinema, 1931-1945"
Position: Associate Professor of Film at York University

Jean Ma - PhD 2003 (English)
Dissertation: "Time without Measure, Sadness without Cure: Hou Hsiao-hsien's Films of History"
Position: Associate Professor in the Department of Art and Art History at Stanford University

Robert Spadoni - PhD 2003 (English)
Dissertation: "The Uncanny of Early Sound Film: Classic Horror Cinema and the Return of the Medium-Sensitive Viewer"
Position: Armington Associate Professor of Film at Case Western Reserve University

Paula Amad - PhD 2002
Dissertation: "Archiving the Everyday: A Topos in French Film History, 1885-1931"
Position: Associate Professor in the Department of Cinema and Comparative Literature at The University of Iowa

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Before the Department of Cinema and Media Studies was founded in 1999, the following film-related dissertations were produced in other departments within the University of Chicago:

Jennifer Peterson - PhD 1999 (English)
Dissertation: "World Pictures: Travelogues and the Lure of the Exotic, 1896-1920" 
Position: Associate Professor in the Department of Film Studies at the University of Colorado

Jacqueline Stewart - PhD 1999 (English)
Dissertation: "Migrating to the Movies: The Emergence of Black Urban Film Culture"
Position: Professor in the Department of Cinema and Media Studies at the University of Chicago and the Director of the Richard and Mary L. Gray Center for the Arts and Inquiry.

Arthur Knight - PhD 1998 (English)
Dissertation: "African-American Musical Performance and the Hollywood Musical"
Position: Associate Professor of English and Film Studies at the College of William and Mary

Adam Lowenstein - PhD 1998 (English)
Dissertation: "Shock Waves: Trauma, History, and Art in the Modern Horror Film"
Position: Professor of English and Film Studies at the University of Pittsburgh

Hank Sartin - PhD 1998 (English)
Dissertation: "Drawing on Hollywood: Warner Bros. Cartoons and Hollywood, 1930-1950"
Position: Senior Editor at The Rotarian Magazine

Zhen Zhang - PhD 1998 (East Asian Lang. and Civ.)
Dissertation: "An Amorous History of the Silver Screen: Film Culture, Urban Modernity, and the Vernacular Experience in China, 1896-1937"
Position: Associate Professor of Cinema Studies at New York University

Sabine Haenni - PhD 1997 (English)
Dissertation: "The Immigrant Scene: The Commercialization of Ethnicity and the Production of Publics in Fiction, Theater, and the Cinema, 1890-1915" 
Position: Associate Professor in the Department of Performing and Media Arts at Cornell University

Paul Young - PhD 1997 (English)
Dissertation: "Virtual Fantasies, Public Realities: American Cinema and the Rival Media, 1895-1995"
Position: Associate Professor in the Department of Film and Media Studies at Dartmouth College

Pamela Robertson Wojcik - PhD 1993 (English)
Dissertation: "Guilty Pleasures: Camp and the Female Spectator"
Position: Professor in the Department of Film, Television, and Theater at the University of Notre Dame