Students

Mary Adekoya

Research Interests: 

African cinema (with focus on Nollywood); African American cinema; transnational trends in Black cinemas; representation of Black women; issues in Black spectatorship; and new media cultures

Dissertation: 

"Shadows of Film: Nollywood and the Vernacular Revolution in African Cinema"

Dave Burnham

Research Interests: 

Avant-gardes in cinema and the related arts; experimental cinema; film and philosophy; aesthetics; utopianism in ceinema and literature; science fiction; cinemas of political modernism; Eisenstein; digital cinema theory and practice; 3D & VR; film theory.

William Carroll

Research Interests: 

Popular cinema (especially Hollywood 1920s-1960, Japan 1930s-1968, and Hong Kong 1980s-present), formalist film theory, cinephilia, auteur studies, phenomenologies of film experience, and cinemas of East Asia.

Dissertation: 

Suzuki Seijun and the Redemption of Cinephilia

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 (especially Alonso, Assayas, Ceylan, Filho, Hong, Guiraudie, Kechiche, Lapid, Porumboiu, Reygadas, and J. Pedro Rodrigues); modernism; realism; commercial and independent cinemas of Egypt, Iran, Israel, and Turkey; film and media co-productions in Asia-Pacific; the "Indian New Wave"; queer experimental film and video.

Dissertation: 

My dissertation explores issues of narrative and style, modernism and realism, and the dynamic interplays of geography and aesthetics in the films and photographs of Nuri Bilge Ceylan, from his earlier "provincial trilogy" (The Small Town, Clouds of May, and Distant), to his recent experiments with digital technologies (Climates, Three Monkeys, Once Upon a Time in Anatolia, and "The World of My Father").

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: 

History and practices of surveillance; data-based media; anonymity and transparency in our post-privacy culture; visual neurosciences and perceptual psychology; queer theory, cinema, and image-making practices; documentary aesthetics.

Ritika Kaushik

Research Interests: 

Interested in documentary film theory and practice; film historiography; paper and archival studies; state funded experimental films and publicity / propoganda. I focus on state sponsored documentary and short film practice in India in the 1960's and 1970's, especially leading up to the Indian Emergency period 1975-77.

Katerina Korola

Research Interests: 

Katerina Korola is a PhD student 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).

Mikki Kressbach

Research Interests: 

Disease and medicine in media, technology and epistemology, new media and network aesthetics, peanut M&Ms, late 20th century French theory and film, surveillance, and Lord & Miller

Dissertation: 

"Perfect Contagion Machine: Digital Media, Scientific Evidence, and Emergent Outbreaks on Screen"

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.

Nicole Erin Morse

Research Interests: 

To date, my research has focused on questions of gender, race, and self-representation in television, new media, and pornography. My dissertation examines selfies and self-representational art by trans women and transfeminine people, analyzing how these artists and selfie creators use selfie aesthetics to interrogate intimacy, narcissism, visibility, doubling, and the archive. My research has been published in Porn Studies, Feminist Media Studies, and Jump Cut. As a filmmaker, I work primarily in participatory documentary and essay film.

Dissertation: 

"Selfie Aesthetics"

A.P. Pettinelli

Research Interests: 

Areas of interest include postwar Italian avant-garde art and political practices across media; Italian autonomist and French post-Marxist studies of semiocapital and subjectivity; political futures and the non/post human; speculative aesthetics and theory-fiction.   

James Rosenow

Research Interests: 

Inter-war Modernism; experimental and avant-garde cinema; amateur cinema; aesthetic historiography; graphic novels; synesthesia; issues of authorship 

Dissertation: 

Dissertation: “For God’s Sake, Don’t Call it Art”: The American Interwar Laboratory and its Film ExperimentsCommittee members:Tom Gunning (chair), Jennifer Wild, Martha Ward (Art History) 

Shubham Shivang

Research Interests: 

My interest lies in exploring the ability of cinema to couple various images, sounds, music, and signs with a mode of narration indexed to a specific location. Notwithstanding the industrial, geographical, linguistic, and national categories that often operateas nominal indices for such location, the identification of a diegetic mode with a location remains a feature peculiar to cinema. I am interested in investigating such questions about the articulation of difference via the coupling of the spoken and the sung with the image within the realm of the cinemas of the so-called vernacular languages of India, specially that of Bhojpuri. 

Maggie Sivit

Research Interests: 

Network aesthetics; Internet culture; the index arguement 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-via 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.

Amy Stebbins

Research Interests: 

Art and society; Theater and Perfomrance Studies; Critical Theory; German cinema; acting in film, opera, and theater; practice / theory; the musical; Arab cinema.

Dissertation: 

The Theater of the Turn: the Volksbühne am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz 1992-2017

Pao-Chen Tang

Research Interests: 

I am a student in the joint degree program with Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations. My research interests include animal and landscape in cinema and the other arts; landscape aesthetics; animism and shamanism; techniques of self-cultivation such as inner alchemy and martial arts; ethnographic film; ecocriticism and ecocinema; documentary; contemporary East Asian cinemas; Chinese-language cinemas of all periods and regions; special effects; set design.  Email: pctang@uchicago.edu

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: 

The spector of 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 international history, practice and aesthetics of the magic lantern; early popular visual culture; documentary and nonfiction film; early cinema; silent cinema; experimental and avant-garde cinema; media archaeology; still/moving; stage to screen.

Dissertation: 

The Magic Lantern Today: Apparatus, Archaeology, Aesthetics

Yuqian Yan

Research Interests: 

Representation of history in Chinese cinema, the relation between opera and cinema, Chinese independent documentary films. I am particular interested in how cinema changes our perception of and relation to history as compared to experiencing the past through words. Along this line, I also have related interest in the circulation of "history as common sense” through opera performance, novels, and other forms of popular culture.

Panpan Yang

Research Interests: 

Animation; global melodrama; opera film; digital graphics; theories of temporalities; the relation between texture and emotion; genre theory; Chinese cinemas; cinemas in Southeast Asia; the geopolitics of film theory; the encounter between Asian and Western aesthetics. Web: http://www.yangpanpan.com/