Director and Core Faculty

Director

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Anna Rosensweig

Associate Professor of French and Visual and Cultural Studies
Director, Graduate Program in Visual and Cultural Studies
508 Morey Hall
(585) 275-9249
anna.rosensweig@rochester.edu


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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Bernardi, Joanne

  • Professor of Japanese and Visual and Cultural Studies
  • Head, Japanese Program
    Project Director, Re-Envisioning Japan: Japan as Destination in 20th C. Visual and Material Culture

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Interests: Japanese cinema and culture, especially popular culture; film and media studies; visual and material culture; moving image archiving and preservation; travel and tourism studies; nuclear culture; digital humanities; ephemera studies; object-based learning

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Burges, Joel

  • Associate Professor of English and Visual & Cultural Studies

Interests: Post-1945 cultural studies; media studies; critical theory; American and contemporary literature

Robert Foster

Foster, Robert J.

  • Professor of Anthropology and Visual and Cultural Studies, Richard L. Turner Professor of Humanities
  • On leave fall semester 2022

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Interests: Political economy; Material culture; Globalization ; Corporations ; Commercial media ; Mobile phones; Papua New Guinea, Melanesia

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Haidu, Rachel

  • Associate Professor of Art History

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

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Heuer, Christopher P.

  • Professor of Art History

Interests: Early Modern art and theory; the history of art history; replicative technologies; art and prehistory; environmental aesthetics; disaster studies; performance; the American civil rights movement

Professor McCune.

McCune, Jeffrey Q., Jr.

  • Frederick Douglass Associate Professor of African-American Literature and Culture
  • Director, Frederick Douglass Institute for African and African-American Studies
John Michael

Michael, John

  • John Hall Deane Professor of English and Visual and Cultural Studies
  • Director of American Studies

Interests: American literature; critical theory; cultural studies

Jason Middleton

Middleton, Jason

  • Associate Professor of English and Visual and Cultural Studies
  • Director, Film and Media Studies Program

Interests: Film and media studies; critical theory; cultural studies; horror

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Saab, A. Joan

  • Professor of Art History and Visual and Cultural Studies
  • Vice Provost of Academic Affairs

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

  • Fanny Knapp Allen Professor of Fine Arts
    Professor of Visual and Cultural Studies

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