Social Documentation

2013-14 General Catalog

101 Communications Building
(831) 459-3445

Program Description | Course Descriptions

Faculty and Professional Interests


B. Ruby Rich
Documentary film and video, new queer cinema, feminist film history, Latin American and Latina/o cinema, U.S. independent film and video, the essay film, film festival studies, and the making/marketing of foreign films in the U.S.

Gustavo Vazquez (Film and Digital Media)
Film and video production, directing, drama, documentary and experimental cross-cultural experiences in film, film curator

Associate Professor

John Jota Leaños
Documentary animation, social documentation, social art practice, community arts, Chicana/o art and culture, new media, critical media studies, cultural studies, documentary photography, installation art, public art and interventionist art practice

Marcia Ochoa (Feminist Studies)
Gender and sexuality, race and ethnicity, Latina/o studies, media and cultural studies, ethnography of media, feminism, queer theory, geography, multimedia production, graphic design, colonialism and modernity, Latin American studies—Colombia and Venezuela


Jennifer Maytorena Taylor
Documentary film and video focusing on youth, Latino and Latin American communities, education, pop culture, religion, juvenile justice urban affairs, social change; transmedia and multi-platform work; journalism

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David Brundage (History)
American immigration history, with particular focus on the Irish in America and on transnational immigrant politics; U.S. labor and social history; modern Irish history

Sharon Daniel (Film and Digital Media)
Community-based public art in information and communications environments, social and political aspects of information technology, community networks, participatory culture, digital inclusion, Net art, human-computer interface design

Rosa-Linda Fregoso (Latin American and Latino Studies)
Human rights, feminicide, and violence studies; critical and cultural theories; decolonial and intercultural feminist studies; media and visual studies

Herman S. Gray (Sociology)
Cultural studies, media and television studies, black cultural politics, social theory

Lisbeth Haas (History and Feminist Studies)
U.S.-Mexico borderlands and border studies, Chicano and Native American history, visual culture in the colonial Americas; California; historical memory, theory, and historical methodology

Craig W. Haney (Psychology)
Applications of social psychological principles to legal settings, assessment of the psychological effects of living and working in institutional environments, social contextual origins of violence, development of alternative legal and institutional forms

Gail B. Hershatter (History)
Modern Chinese social and cultural history; labor history; gender history, history of sexuality; feminist theory, history, memory, and nostalgia

Eli E. Hollander, Professor Emeritus

Charles L. Lord, Professor Emeritus

Lourdes Martinez-Echazabal (Latin American and Latino Studies)
Latin American and Caribbean literatures; Afro-Latin American literatures, cultures, and societies; found(n)ational narratives; Brazilian literature; literatures of Cuba and the Cuban diaspora; critical race theory

Olga Nájera-Ramírez (Anthropology)
Folklore theory, ritual, festival, dance, greater Mexican culture, history and folklore, transnationalism, identity; expressive culture, ethnomusicology, bilingual communication, gender, history, and culture of Latin America, the U.S., and Mexico

Margaret Morse, Professor Emerita

Eric C. Porter (History and History of Consciousness)
Black cultural and intellectual history; U.S. cultural history and cultural studies; critical race and ethnic studies; popular music and jazz studies

Lisa Rofel  (Anthropology)
Critical theory, anthropology of modernity, popular/public culture, gender and sexuality, queer theory, transnational capitalism, postcolonial and transnational feminism, China

Warren Sack (Film and Digital Media)
Software design and media theory

Shelley Stamp (Film and Digital Media)
Film history, theory, and criticism; silent cinema; women's filmmaking; film censorship; histories of moviegoing; feminist approaches to cinema

Nancy Stoller, Professor Emerita

Dana Y. Takagi (Sociology)
Social inequality, affect, religion, race, quantitative analysis

Karen Tei Yamashita (Literature)
History and anthropology of Japanese immigration to Brazil; Asian American literature; modern fiction; playwriting

Lewis Watts (Art)

David T. Wellman, Professor Emeritus

Associate Professor

Lawrence Andrews (Film and Digital Media)
Film and video production, documentary, installation and media art, sound, animation

David Henry Anthony III (History)
African and African American history, art, music, literature, and cinema; Eastern and Southern Africa; African languages; Indian Ocean world; African and African American linkages; Islamic civilization; African diaspora studies; world history

Jennifer Gonzalez (History of Art and Visual Culture)
Contemporary theories of visual culture, semiotics, critical museum studies, photography, public and activist art in the U.S.

Miriam Greenberg (Sociology)
Urban sociology, media studies, cultural studies, political economy, and globalization

Irene Gustafson (Film and Digital Media)
Producing across the boundaries between "theory" and "practice," non-fiction media, experimental film/video, production design, gender and queer studies

Jonathan Kahana (Film and Digital Media)
Documentary film and media; film and politics; American film history; essay film; cultural and social theory; media publics; arts of historical re-enactment; war and cultural memory; audio culture; disciplines of listening

L.S. Kim (Film and Digital Media)
Television history and theory, racial discourse, feminist criticism, Asian-American cultural theory and production, industrial practices and social change in both mainstream Hollywood and alternative media

Peter Limbrick (Film and Digital Media)
International cinemas, especially Australasian, Middle Eastern, and Arab cinemas; film and video history and historiography; theories of globalization, transnationalism, and postcoloniality; intersections of race, gender, and sexuality; queer theory

Rick Prelinger (Film and Digital Media)
Critical archival studies; personal and institutional recordkeeping; access to the cultural record; media and social change; ephemeral cinema; amateur and home movies; participatory documentary; digital scholarship; cinema and public history

Jennifer Reardon (Sociology)
Science studies; sociology of science, technology, and medicine; feminist theory; race/ethnicity/gender/sexuality/class; biology and society

Felicity Schaeffer-Grabiel (Feminist Studies)
Transnational feminisms; sexuality and migration; technology and race; intimacy and globalization; Latin American/Latino studies; border studies; Chicana/o studies; biometrics and security studies

Yiman Wang (Film and Digital Media)
Film history and theory; colonial/semi-colonial/postcolonial/postsocialist modes of media production and exchange; border-crossing film remakes; silent cinema; translation theory and cinema; transnational connections and ramifications of Chinese cinema and documentary; cybernetic fan culture

Matthew Wolf-Meyer (Anthropology)
Anthropology and history of medicine and public health, science studies, American studies, popular culture, the United States and the United Kingdom

Assistant Professor

Jennifer Horne (Film and Digital Media)
Media citizenship; non-theatrical film and film exhibition; archives and technologies of information; film preservation; mass media and humanitarianism; cinema and media history and historiography; institutions, disciplinarity, and the politics of knowledge

Irene Lusztig (Film and Digital Media)
Film and video production, experimental ethnography and essayistic nonfiction; representations of  historical memory; archives, propaganda and training films; feminist film practices; medical film; autobiographical filmmaking; interactive documentary; editing

Soraya Murray (Film and Digital Media)
Contemporary visual culture and representation including: new media art; projected arts; photography; electronic games; theories of art and globalization; representations of migration and otherness

Revised: 08/01/13