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Tara Najd Ahmadi

Ahmadi, Tara Najd


    Interests: Modern and contemporary art with emphasis on Iran and Middle East; Independent and avant-garde cinema, film production; Art market, consumption, labor; Gender studies, feminism; Puppets

    Hend Alawadhi

    Alawadhi, Hend

      Interests: Critical race theory; (Documentary) film studies; Disability studies; Transnational feminism; Women’s health; Representations of illness and disability in Arab media; Archival memory; Popular culture and social activism

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      Amadou, Ouma

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

        Joel Neville Anderson

        Anderson, Joel Neville


          Interests: Experimental film and video; personal documentary; community media; film festival studies; Japanese cinema and visual culture

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          Auclair, Clara

            Interests: Early cinema/Early French cinema; Film archiving; Film history, theory, and aesthetics; Film and anthropology; Heritage, identity, and memory; Historiography; Museum and archival movements


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            Berlo, Janet Catherine

            • Professor, Art History/Visual and Cultural Studies

            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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            Bernardi, Joanne

            • Professor of Japanese and Film and Media Studies
            • Head, the Japanese Program


            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 and Cultural Studies
            • Director, Graduate Program in Visual and Cultural Studies

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


            Mimi Cheng

            Cheng, Mimi


              Interests: Global architectural history; European imperialism; orientalism; spatial politics; architectural theory; pattern and ornament

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              Cheng, Hsin-Yun

                Interests: contemporary art in East Asia; new media art; post-colonialism; philosophy of technology

                Alicia Chester

                Chester, Alicia


                  Interests: Photography history and theory; history of psychiatric portraiture and brain imaging; trauma and memory studies; media archaeology; vernacular photographic practices and technologies; atomic-age culture; modern and contemporary art

                  Peter Christensen

                  Christensen, Peter

                  • Associate Professor of Art History


                  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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                  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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                    Dent, Jerome


                      Interests: Critical Theory; Critical Race Theory; Gender Studies and Queer Theory; Afrofuturism; Black Feminism; Film Studies; Pop Culture and Fan Culture

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                      DiGiulio, Lauren

                        Interests: Modern and Contemporary art; performance; phenomenology of language; concrete poetry; symbolism; interiority

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                        Doran, Robert

                        • Professor of French and Comparative Literature
                        • Head, the French ProgramHead, the Comparative Literature Program


                        Interests: Nineteenth- and twentieth-century French literature and culture; the novel; continental philosophy; literary theory; aesthetics; intellectual history; European cinema; existentialism

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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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                        Ely, Taryn

                          Interests: Experimental film and media; medical anthropology; histories of psychology; disability studies; critical theories of the self

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                          Escobar Lopez, Almudena


                            Interests: Experimental film, video and time-based media production; Cooperativism and collectivism; Community media; Film and media archival studies; Politics of image making ; Curatorial studies; Gender studies and feminism


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                            Fleming, Bridget

                              Interests: Post-war & contemporary art; performance; spectatorship; philosophy of art; critical theory; gender; post-war aesthetics & politics in Southern Italy

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                              Fong, Byron

                                Interests: Games Studies; Film Theory; Digital Humanities; Animation

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                                Foster, Robert

                                • Professor of Anthropology and Visual and Cultural Studies, Richard L. Turner Professor of Humanities


                                Interests: social theory; political economy; nationalism; globalization; consumption; commodity chains; mass media; ritual; Papua New Guinea; Melanesia; Oceania

                                Eitan Freedenberg

                                Freedenberg, Eitan

                                  Interests: critical geography; vernacular architecture; heritage production; postmodern tourisms; open-air museums; precursors to virtual reality


                                  Victoria Gao

                                  Gao, Victoria

                                    Interests: Twentieth century American and French street photography; naturalism and realism in narrative film; issues of privacy and candidness; urban spectatorship; intersections between film and photography

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                                    Genevro, Danielle

                                      Interests: 1930s-40s US cinema; narrative, fantasy and trauma; Freud; Lacan; psychoanalytic and feminist film theory

                                      Kenneth Gross

                                      Gross, Kenneth

                                      • Alan F. Hilfiker Distinguished Professor of English

                                      Interests: Shakespeare; lyric poetry; Renaissance literature; romance

                                      Jingtao (Harry) Gu

                                      Gu, Jiangtao (Harry)


                                        Interests: Chinese visual culture; Transnational history of photography; European imperialism, colonial modernity; Historiography, temporal and spatial politics; Identity-formation, state-formation; Liberal arts pedagogy, digital humanities

                                        Susan Gustafson

                                        Gustafson, Susan E.

                                        • Karl F. and Bertha A. Fuchs Professor of German Studies
                                        • Head, the German Program


                                        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
                                        • Chair, Department of Art and 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.

                                        • Associate Professor of Art History
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                                        Hwang, June J.

                                        • Associate Professor of German

                                        Interests: Twentieth-century film; literature and critical theory


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                                        Ju, Xiao (Amanda)

                                          Interests: Chinese contemporary art; Feminisms; Postsocialist art; Psychoanalysis


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                                          Karakaya, Elif

                                            Interests: Modern and Contemporary Art; Aesthetics/Philosophy of Art; 20th century French Theory; Word-image Studies; Art Historiography; Museum Studies; Ethics of curation

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                                            Keeton, Jamey

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

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                                              Keye, Wade

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


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                                                Lewis, Jacob W.

                                                • Visiting Assistant Professor of Art History
                                                • Associate Academic Director, Photographic Preservation and Collections Management Program

                                                Interests: History of photography; Nineteenth-century French art; Critical theory of technology; History of the printed image; Twentieth-century American art

                                                Lihong Liu

                                                Liu, Lihong

                                                • Assistant Professor of Art History

                                                Interests: Chinese art; Critical theories; Landscape and environment; Art, science, and technology; Material culture; Transcultural studies

                                                Bette London

                                                London, Bette

                                                • Professor

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

                                                Kelly Long

                                                Long, Kelly

                                                  Interests: Contemporary art and critical theory; identity politics; space and memory; dialectical utopianism; artist books


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                                                  Mariner, Kathryn

                                                  • Wilmot Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Visual and Cultural Studies
                                                    On Leave (AY 2019-2020)

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

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                                                  Menzies, Tristan

                                                    Interests: History of Photography; Japanese Photography and Modernism; Marxism

                                                    John Michael

                                                    Michael, John

                                                    • Professor, English/Visual and Cultural Studies


                                                    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


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

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                                                    Murphy, Peter

                                                      Interests: Modern and Contemporary Painting; Queer theory; Psychoanalysis


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                                                      Nasirov, Yasin

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


                                                        John Osburg

                                                        Osburg, John

                                                        • Associate Professor

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


                                                        Christopher Patrello

                                                        Patrello, Christopher

                                                          Interests: Native American art history; material culture and materiality; consumption; museum studies

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                                                          Prince, Alisa

                                                            Interests: History of Photography; Black Feminism; Domestic Archives (familial and personal photographic collections); Critical Race Theory; Studio Art (photography & printmaking); Afrofuturism; Black Cultural Capital & Representation; Constructions of Identity


                                                            Daniel Reichman

                                                            Reichman, Daniel

                                                            • Associate Professor
                                                            • Chair of Anthropology

                                                            Interests: Globalization and trade; migration and transnationalism; food, development, and environment; coffee industry; Latin America; Honduras, Brazil

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                                                            Rosensweig, Anna

                                                            • James P. Wilmot Distinguished Assistant Professor of French
                                                              Undergraduate Advisor for French

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


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                                                            Saab, A. Joan

                                                            • Associate 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

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                                                            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


                                                              Llerena Searle

                                                              Searle, Llerena G.

                                                              • Assistant Professor
                                                              • Director of Undergraduate Studies

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

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                                                              Segu Jensen, Catalina

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

                                                                Reinhild Steingrover

                                                                Steingröver, Reinhild

                                                                • Associate Professor for Eastman School of Music


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                                                                Stuber, Tracy

                                                                  Interests: modern and contemporary art; critical theory; media theory; historiography; photography between the artistic and the vernacular; haptics and phenomenology; rocks

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                                                                  Sullivan, Patrick

                                                                    Interests: Film philosophy; globalization; cinematic representation of space and time; Thai cinema; early cinema; film sound


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                                                                    Taormina, Victoria

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

                                                                      Jeffrey Tucker

                                                                      Tucker, Jeffrey Allen

                                                                      • Associate Professor of English

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

                                                                      Julia Tulke

                                                                      Tulke, Julia


                                                                        Interests: Street art and graffiti as political practice; Urban space, Right to the City, Politics of everyday life in the city; Social movements and protest; Performative and visual activism; Economic crisis and austerity; Affect theory ; Visual ethnography; Photography as research method; Critical cartography and mapping


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                                                                        Ullrich, Madeline

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


                                                                          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

                                                                          Stephanie Alana Wolf

                                                                          Wolf, S. Alana

                                                                            Interests: Modern and Contemporary art; Data auralization, sonification, and sound studies; Architecture and urbanization; Representations of space and sound; Public art; Memory and materiality; Media theory and digital humanities