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Amadou, Ouma

Interests: film and media studies; (post)colonialism; critical race theory; psychoanalysis; water and landscapes

Arnett, Daly

Interests: 20th century Visual Culture; American Studies; Self-taught art; Folk art; Modernism(s); Historiography; Post-structuralism; Formalism


Barski, Justin

Interests: Critical Theory; Modern and Contemporary Art; Aesthetics; History of Science and Technology; History of Philosophy; Marxism; Surveillance; New Media

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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

Office Location
409 Lattimore Hall
(585) 275-4251
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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

Emily Broad smiling at the camera.

Broad, Emily

Interests: Documentary photography; Depression-era photography; archival theory; image-text relations; Marxist/Socialist art

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Burges, Joel

Associate Professor of English and Visual & Cultural Studies

Office Location
413 Morey Hall

Interests: Media studies, cultural studies, and American studies; 20th and 21st century film and television; Critical and cultural theory; Digital humanities, especially digital annotation, data visualization, and videographic criticism; Labor and culture; Audiovisual histories of race, class, gender, and sexuality


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Carter, Jacob

Interests: Film history and theory; queer cinema; film phenomenology; horror film; documentary

Cheng, Hsin-Yun

Interests: Contemporary art; Performance studies; Asian American art; Migration and diaspora; Globalization; Socially engaged art; Labor and capitalism

Peter Christensen

Christensen, Peter

Arthur Satz Professor of the Humanities

Professor of Art and Art History

Associate Dean, School of Arts and Sciences

Ani and Mark Gabrellian Director, Humanities Center

Director, Andrew W. Mellon Program in the Digital Humanities

Office Location
212C Rush Rhees Library
(585) 276-7173
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Interests: 19th and 20th century architectural history, particularly Europe and North America’s international engagement with the Islamic world; history and aesthetics of infrastructure and industry; historicism; cartography and architecture; critical digital humanities

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Crisóstomo Tejada, Vialcary

Assistant Professor of Spanish and Comparative Literature

Advisors to Majors, Clusters, Transfers and Study Abroad Credit for Majors and Clusters

Office Location
412 Lattimore Hall
(585) 275-4251

Interests: Twentieth and twentieth-first century Caribbean Literature and Cultures; Latin American and Latinx Studies; Decolonial Feminism and Praxis; Black Feminism; Race, Ethnicity, and Politics; Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; Afro-Caribbean Studies; Africana Philosophy; Literary Theory and Criticism


DeBoer, Kendall

Interests: Surrealisms; Self-taught art; Folk art; Outliers; Artifice; Ornamentation; Decoration; Craft studies; Fiber art; Unconventional materials; Excess; Adornment; Theatricality; Gender

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Doran, Robert

Professor of French and Comparative Literature

Affiliate Faculty in Music Theory (Eastman School of Music)

Head, French Program

Head, Comparative Literature Program

Undergraduate Advisor, French

Undergraduate Advisor, Comparative Literature

Office Location
414 Lattimore Hall
(585) 275-4251
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Interests: Nineteenth- and twentieth-century French literature and culture; the novel; continental philosophy; literary theory; aesthetics; intellectual history; European cinema; existentialism

Kristin Doughty

Doughty, Kristin

Associate Professor of Anthropology

Director of Undergraduate Studies

Office Location
437 Lattimore Hall
(585) 275-5155

Interests: political and legal anthropology; politics of reconciliation; transitional justice; violence and conflict; memory; politics of energy; Africa; Rwanda


Taryn Ely

Ely, Taryn

Interests: Experimental film; disability studies; film and media studies; spectatorship; histories of psychology and psychiatry


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Fincher, Bethany

Interests: Noise and sound studies; art and experimental music; performance art; body art; critical theory; post-structuralism

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Fleming, Bridget

Interests: Postwar and contemporary art; artist collectives and collectivity; socially engaged art; media studies and video; gender and sexuality

Robert Foster

Foster, Robert J.

Richard L. Turner Professor of Humanities

Professor of Anthropology and Visual and Cultural Studies

Office Location
445 Lattimore
(585) 275-8741
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Interests: Political economy; Material culture; Globalization ; Corporations ; Commercial media ; Mobile phones; Papua New Guinea, Melanesia


Michael Galban in a workshop.

Galban, Michael

Interests: 17th & 18th century Eastern Woodland art and material culture; Indigenous gender roles in art; Indigenous Semiotics of the Colonial era; Contemporary Native American Art; Folklore; Eastern Woodland Body Modification; Colonial North American History; Public history and interpretation

Genevro, Danielle

Interests: Pre-1960s cinemas; film history and theory; film style; special effects; Lacanian psychoanalysis

Genter Montevecchio, Elisabeth R.

Interests: Early Modern Art; Dutch and German Art; Monstrosity and the Grotesque in Art; Horror Theory; Gender Studies ; Film Studies and Popular Culture

Thomas Gibson

Gibson, Thomas P.

Professor of Anthropology

Office Location
442 Lattimore Hall
(585) 275-8739
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Interests: Indigenous peoples of Southeast Asia; The anthropology of war and peace; Cosmology and state formation; Islamic states; Religious nationalism in the Indian Ocean; Colonialism and bureaucracy

Susan Gustafson

Gustafson, Susan E.

Karl F. and Bertha A. Fuchs Professor of German Studies

Professor of Modern Languages and Cultures

Head, German Program

Director, Literary Translation Studies (MALTS)

Office Location
425 Lattimore Hall
(585) 275-4251
Web Address

Interests: German literature of the eighteenth, nineteenth, and twentieth centuries; feminism and gender studies; psychoanalysis


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Haidu, Rachel

Associate Professor of Art History

Office Location
506A Morey Hall
(585) 275-4112

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

Office Location
521 Morey
(585) 276-6052

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

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Hwang, June J.

Associate Professor of German

Director, Susan B. Anthony Institute for Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies

Office Location
538 Lattimore Hall
(585) 275-4251

Interests: Twentieth-century film; literature and critical theory


Karakaya, Elif

Interests: Global modern and contemporary art; memory studies, archival theory; migration; diaspora studies

Keeton, Jamey

Interests: animation; comics studies; critical theory; digital humanities; film and television; popular culture; media studies

Keye, Wade

Interests: Critical Study of New Media; Surveillance Studies; Online Memorial Culture; Memes

Kangmin Kim on the beach posing for the camera.

Kim, Kangmin

Interests: Modern and contemporary art; Cold War; Migration; Ethnic minorities in the Soviet Union and the United States; Home and unhomeliness

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Koh, Haebin

Interests: Digital materiality; physicality and embodiment; the concept of the 'abject'


Bette London

London, Bette


Office Location
304 Morey Hall

Interests: Twentieth-century British literature; Victorian literature and culture; feminist theory; women's writing; authorship studies

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Lyu, Xuechun

Interests: Film and media studies; documentary; East Asian cinema; trauma studies; memory; sound and voice


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Mackin, Glenn

Associate Professor of Political Science

Chair, Humanities Department at Eastman School of Music

(585) 274-1554
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Maier, Lorna

Administrative Assistant, Department of Art and Art History and Graduate Program in Visual and Cultural Studies

Office Location
506 Morey Hall
(585) 275-9249
Kathryn Mariner

Mariner, Kathryn

Associate Professor of Anthropology

Office Location
444 Lattimore Hall
(585) 275-8734

Interests: intimacy and social inequality; politics of race, class and gender; temporality; kinship and adoption; care; social work; space and place; visual anthropology; United States

Professor McCune.

McCune, Jeffrey Q., Jr.

Frederick Douglass Professor

Associate Professor of English

Associate Professor of Black Studies

Founding Chair, Department of Black Studies

Office Location
311B Morey Hall
(585) 273-5346
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Mehlrose, MK

Interests: Archival, craft, and queer scholarship, with an emphasis on their relationship to affect theory and epistemology

John Michael

Michael, John

John Hall Deane Professor of Rhetoric and Poetry

Professor of English

Professor of Visual and Cultural Studies

Director, American Studies

Interim Chair, Department of Black Studies

Office Location
405 Morey Hall
(585) 275-9259

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

Office Location
511 Morey Hall

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


Nasirov, Yasin

Interests: Film and Philosophy; Russian Cinema; Adaptation Studies; Experimental Film; Kubrick


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Omelsky, Matthew

Assistant Professor of English

Assistant Professor of Visual and Cultural Studies

Director of Undergraduate Studies, Department of Black Studies

Office Location
417 Morey Hall
(585) 275-2376

Interests: Global black cultural studies; African, African American, and Caribbean literatures; film and media studies; speculative aesthetics; time and phenomenology; critical theory.

John Osburg

Osburg, John

Associate Professor

Chair of Anthropology

Office Location
436 Lattimore Hall
(585) 273-3329

Interests: China; Capitalism; Postsocialism; Gender; Political corruption and organized crime; Buddhist revival in China


Dylan Palmer

Palmer, Dylan

Interests: Post 1960s cinema, Marxism, continental philosophy, urban studies, geography, spatiality, temporality


Daniel Reichman

Reichman, Daniel


Office Location
439 Lattimore Hall
(585) 275-8737

Interests: Globalization and trade; Migration and transnationalism; Food, development, and environment; Coffee industry; Latin America; Honduras, Brazil


Sancto, Christian

Interests: Modern and contemporary art; Sound and moving images; Performance studies; Gender and sexuality; Aesthetics and critical theory

Timothy Scheie

Scheie, Timothy

Associate Professor for Humanities Department, Eastman School of Music

Office Location
ET 413 26 Gibbs Street
(585) 274-1612
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Llerena Searle

Searle, Llerena G.

Associate Professor

Office Location
443 Lattimore Hall
(585) 275-8740

Interests: Urbanization; infrastructure; capitalism and global finance; value; speculation; material culture; media and consumer cultures; South Asia

Segu Jensen, Catalina

Interests: digital media studies; critical theory and technology ; space and spatiality; globalization; capitalism; contemporary art


Taormina, Victoria

Interests: Gender and sexuality; Performance art; Latinx studies; Critical race theory

Jeffrey Tucker

Tucker, Jeffrey Allen

Associate Professor of English

Director of Undergraduate Studies, Department of English

Office Location
418 Morey Hall
(585) 275-2064

Interests: African-American literature; 20th-century American literature; science fiction


Ullrich, Madeline

Interests: gender and sexuality; queer theory; feminism(s); film and media studies; television studies; sound studies


Sharon Willis

Willis, Sharon

Fanny Knapp Allen Professor of Fine Arts

Professor of Art and Art History

Professor of Visual and Cultural Studies

Office Location
517 Morey Hall
(585) 275-5757

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


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Xu, Tingting

Assistant Professor of Art History

Office Location
519 Morey Hall
(585) 275-0169

Interests: Early Chinese photography and media studies; Theories and historiography of Chinese painting; Formats of East Asian pictorial arts in cultural exchange; Antiquarianism and visual technology; Folding and folds; The unspoken and the unspeakable


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Yu Jin, Renee

Interests: Contemporary art; Anthropology of art; Asian studies; Material culture in media ages; National identity and transnationalism; Visual analogy; Feminism, gender, and race studies; Critical pedagogy


Siheng Zhu

Zhu, Siheng

Interests: Animation; Game Studies; Popular Culture; Asian Studies; Media Studies; Globalization