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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

              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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                          Fong, Byron

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

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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


                            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

                                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

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                                  Hwang, June J.

                                  • Associate Professor of German

                                  Interests: Twentieth-century film; literature and critical theory


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                                  Ju, Amanda

                                    Interests: Chinese contemporary art; Feminisms; 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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                                      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

                                          • Assistant Professor of Anthropology/Visual and Cultural Studies

                                          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 philosophy; essay film; Russo-Soviet cinema; Apparatus Theory; 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; Identity Politics; Studio (Photography, Printmaking); Race and Representation; Critical Race Theory


                                                    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

                                                    • 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

                                                      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