Alumni Placement

Graduates from AY2022

Dave Burnham - PhD 2021
Dissertation: "Viewing the World after Structural Film: Realist Impulses in Experimental Cinema"  
Position: Postdoctoral Humanities Teaching Fellow and Lecturer, Division of the Humanities, University of Chicago

Matthew Hubbell - PhD 2021
Dissertation: "Acting After the New Wave: The Political Aesthetics of Performance in France, 1968-1981"  
Position: Postdoctoral Humanities Teaching Fellow and Lecturer, Division of the Humanities, University of Chicago

Katerina Korola - PhD 2021
Dissertation: "How to Photograph the Air: Photography, Cinema, and the Problem of Atmosphere in German Modernism, 1893-1933" 
Position: Postdoctoral Humanities Teaching Fellow and Lecturer, Division of the Humanities, University of Chicago

 

Graduates from Previous Academic Years

Noa Merkin - PhD 2020
Dissertation: "Little Patch of Yellow: On Detail in Film"  
Position: Postdoctoral Humanities Teaching Fellow and Lecturer, Division of the Humanities, University of Chicago

Tyler Schroeder - PhD 2020
Dissertation: "Film in German Public Health 1918-1946: Corporeality, Crisis, Utopia"  
Position: Postdoctoral Humanities Teaching Fellow and Lecturer, Division of the Humanities, University of Chicago

Pao-chen Tang - PhD 2020
Dissertation: "The Animist Imagination in Cinema"  
Position: Lecturer (equiv. Assistant Professor) in Chinese Cultural Studies at the University of Manchester. 

Artemis Willis - PhD 2020
Dissertation: "Performing Pictures: The Magic Lantern C. 1900" 
Position: Research Fellow, Open Documentary Lab, MIT

Panpan Yang - PhD 2020
Dissertation: "Animating Space: Toward a Poetics of Chinese Animation"  
Position: Lecturer (equiv. Assistant Professor) in Arts and Visual Cultures of Modern China at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London

William Carroll - PhD 2019
Dissertation: "The Depths of Flatness and the Voice of Silence: Suzuki Seijun and 1960s Japanese Film Theory"  
Position: Postdoctoral Associate of Japanese Culture and Media at Duke University

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: Postdoctoral Fellow of Chinese Performance Cultures at Washington University in St. Louis 

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

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

Nicole Morse - PhD 2018
Dissertation: "Selfie Aesthetics: Form, Performance, and Transfeminist Politics in Self-Representational Art" 
Position: Assistant Professor of Cinema and New Media 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

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

Emily Capper - PhD 2017
Dissertation: "Allan Kaprow and the Dialectives of Instruction, 1947-1968"
Position: Visiting Assistant Professor of Art History and Cultural Studies and 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: Lecturer of Cinema Studies at SUNY Binghamton

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 of Humanities 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 Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of Toronto

Mario Slugan - PhD 2016
Dissertation: "Fictions, Narrators, and Early Cinema"
Position: Lecturer (equiv. Assistant Professor) in 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: Faculty Fellow in East Asian Studies at NYU

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/Developer IT Services at Stanford University

Namhee Han - PhD 2014
Dissertation: "Technologies of Anamorphic Vision: Widescreen Cinema and Postwar Modernity in Japan and South Korea"
Position: Assistant Professor of Korean and East Asian Studies at Queens College

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: Authorities and Slavic Metadata Librarian 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: Arts Coordinator at Colgate University

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: Associate Dean of Animation, Arts, and Design at Sheridan College 

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: 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: 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 Michigan State 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

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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:

Terri Francis - PhD 2004 (English)
Dissertation: "Josephine Baker's Museum: Black Dance, French Cinema, Harlem Renaissance"
Position: Associate Professor in the Media School and Director of the Black Film Center/Archive at Indiana University Bloomington

Ora Gelley - PhD 2003 (English)
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 Cinema and Media Arts 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 (English)
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

Jennifer Peterson - PhD 1999 (English)
Dissertation: "World Pictures: Travelogues and the Lure of the Exotic, 1896-1920" 
Position: 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 Chief Artistic and Programming Officer at the Academy Museum

Arthur Knight - PhD 1998 (English)
Dissertation: "African-American Musical Performance and the Hollywood Musical"
Position: 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, Director of Asian Film & Media Initiative 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 1998 (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