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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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Burges, Joel

  • (on leave for academic year 2021-22)
    Associate Professor of English and Visual and Cultural Studies

Interests: Film, television, and literature; media studies; cultural studies and critical theory; temporality; the cultural politics of race, gender, sexuality, and class; aesthetics and economics, especially labor in relationship to cultural production; styles of academic writing; digital annotation

Peter Christensen

Christensen, Peter

  • (on leave for academic year 2021-22)
    Associate Professor of Art History

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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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Duro, Paul

  • Professor, Art History/Visual and Cultural Studies

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 of Anthropology and Visual and Cultural Studies, Richard L. Turner Professor of Humanities
  • Interim Director, Graduate Program in Visual and Cultural Studies

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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

  • (on leave for academic year 2021-22)
    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

Christopher P. Heuer

Heuer, Christopher P.

  • Professor of Art History

Interests: Early modern culture, art, and politics, particularly in Europe and the Atlantic; replicative media; arctic history; environmental humanities; architectural theory ; histories of the book; land art; the civil rights movement in the United States

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Mariner, Kathryn

  • Wilmot Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Visual and Cultural Studies

Interests: Cultural anthropology; kinship and adoption; social work; politics of race, class, and gender; United States

John Michael

Michael, John

  • Professor, English/Visual and Cultural Studies

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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, Program in Film and Media Studies

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Interests: film theory; critical theory; documentary and experimental film/media; affect and embodiment ; horror

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Rosensweig, Anna

  • James P. Wilmot Distinguished Assistant Professor of French

Interests: Early modern French literature and culture; theater and performance studies; political theory

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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

  • Professor, Art and Art History/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