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Steering Committee

The Steering Committee, appointed by the Director of the Program in Visual and Cultural Studies, serves in an advisory capacity to the Director on a variety of matters including curriculum design, general policy, and students' progress.

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Berlo, Janet Catherine

Professor, Art History/Visual and Cultural Studies
janetberlo@rochester.edu | (585) 275-4168
513 Morey Hall

Interests: Native American art and visual culture; The politics of representation; Museum studies and critique; Quilt, craft, and “folk art” ; History and historiography; Issues of materiality both old and new

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Crimp, Douglas

Fanny Knapp Allen Professor of Art History and Professor of Visual and Cultural Studies
douglas.crimp@rochester.edu | (585) 273-5622
518 Morey Hall

Interests: Contemporary art; criticism and theory; dance and dance film

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Duro, Paul

Professor, Art History/Visual and Cultural Studies
paul.duro@rochester.edu | (585) 275-9262
519 Morey Hall

Interests: theories of imitation; history painting; hierarchy of the genres; theories of the sublime; frame discourse and analysis; word and image studies; travel writing

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Foster, Robert

Professor and Chair of Anthropology/Professor of Visual and Cultural Studies; Research Associate, Buffalo Museum of Science; Adjunct Professor, College of Asian and Pacific Studies, School of Culture, History and Language, Australian National University
robert.foster@rochester.edu | (585) 275-8741
445 Lattimore Hall
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Interests: social theory; political economy; nationalism; globalization; consumption; commodity chains; mass media; ritual; Papua New Guinea; Melanesia; Oceania

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Haidu, Rachel

Associate Professor, Art History
Director for Graduate Program in Visual and Cultural Studies
rachel.haidu@rochester.edu | (585) 275-4112
520 Morey Hall

Interests: Modern, postwar and contemporary art; Eastern European postwar and contemporary art; artist's films and videos; contemporary painting; history of photography; national identity and transnationalism; critical theory and poststructuralist theory; feminism, gender and race studies; visual studies

John Michael

Michael, John

Professor, English/Visual and Cultural Studies
john.michael@rochester.edu | (585) 275-4974
404D Morey Hall
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Interests: 19th- and 20th-century American literature; critical theory, and cultural studies; problematics of national identities in American literature and culture; contemporary relations between academic intellectuals and democratic politics; the complex interrelations between the reading of literature; the demands of ethics, and the problems of historical knowledge

Jason Middleton

Middleton, Jason

Associate Professor, English
Director for Program in Film and Media Studies
jason.middleton@rochester.edu | (585) 275-9372
511 Morey Hall
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Interests: film theory; critical theory; documentary and experimental film/media; affect and embodiment ; horror

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Saab, A. Joan

Associate Professor, Art History/Visual and Cultural Studies
Chair for Department of Art and Art History
joan.saab@rochester.edu | (585) 275-7922
506 Morey Hall

Interests: Twentieth-century American cultural history; media and culture; urban and community studies; popular culture; cultural studies; aesthetic categories and values

Sharon Willis

Willis, Sharon

Professor, Art and Art History/Visual and Cultural Studies
sharon.willis@rochester.edu | (585) 275-5757
517 Morey Hall

Interests: Film history and theory; visual and cultural studies; women's studies and feminist theory; comparative literature and critical theory; French cinema; 19th and 20th century French literature