Film and Digital Media

2017-18 General Catalog

101 Communications Building
(831) 459-3204

Program Statement | Course Descriptions

Faculty and Professional Interests


Lawrence Andrews
Documentary, sound, animation, installation

Sharon Daniel
New media and interactive documentary; social, economic, environmental and criminal justice; socially engaged art; community-based public art in information and communications environments; social and political aspects of information design; documentary forms and ethics

Eli E. Hollander, Professor Emeritus

Jonathan Kahana
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

Charles L. Lord, Professor Emeritus

Margaret Morse, Professor Emerita

Rick Prelinger
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

B. Ruby Rich
Documentary film and video; new queer cinema; feminist film history; Latin American and Latina/o cinema and other global/regional cinemas; U.S. independent film and video; the essay film; film festival studies; the making/marketing of foreign films in the U.S.; writing, editing, and journal submission

Warren Sack
Software design and media theory

Shelley Stamp
Film history, theory, and criticism; silent cinema; early Hollywood; women's filmmaking; film censorship; histories of moviegoing; feminist approaches to cinema

Gustavo Vazquez
Film and video production, documentary and experimental cross-cultural experiences in film

Associate Professor

Irene Gustafson
Documentary theory and practice, experimental film/video, production design, gender and queer studies

L. S. Kim
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

John Jota Leaños
Documentary animation, social documentation, critical ethnic studies, 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

Peter Limbrick
International cinemas, especially Arab and Middle Eastern cinemas and Australasian cinemas; postcolonial theories and settler colonialism; theories of globalization and transnationalism; intersections of race, gender, and sexuality; queer theory; film and video history and historiography

Irene Lusztig
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

Yiman Wang
Theory of difference; 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; acting theory/practice and ethnic star studies with focus on Anna May Wong; transnational connections and ramifications of Chinese cinema and documentary; fan culture; East Asian cinemas; critical animal studies and moving images

Assistant Professor

Anna Friz
Sound studies, media history, sound production, radio and transmission art, media art installation and performance, methodologies for research creation, feminist theories of technology, community and pirate media

Jennifer Horne
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; feminist theory

Soraya Murray
Contemporary visual culture including: new media art, projected arts, photography, film, electronic games, theories of art and globalization, representations of otherness, cultural studies

Susana Ruiz
Game and transmedia design; games as expressions of activism and art; animation; participatory culture; social art practice; non-fiction storytelling; theory/practice hybridity; animation; Theatre of the Oppressed; critical and liberatory pedagogy; expanded documentary; interaction design; worldbuilding; transmedia production, scholarship and activism

Jennifer Maytorena Taylor
Social documentation, Latino and Latin American communities, public education, popular culture, religion, incarceration and justice, urban and community development, collaborative practices in journalism and production, transmedia

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Julianne Burton-Carvajal, Professor Emerita, Literature

Teresa de Lauretis, Professor Emerita, History of Consciousness

Rosa Linda Fregoso, Professor Emerita, Latin American and Latino Studies

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

Donna J. Haraway, Professor Emerita, History of Consciousness and Feminist Studies

David S. Marriott, History of Consciousness
Poetics, black cultural studies, literary and psychoanalytic theory, visual culture studies, black cultural theory and philosophies of race, caribbean modernism, Fanon studies

Associate Professor

Neda Atanasoski, Feminist Studies
New media and film; critical race and ethnic studies; feminist theory; human rights and humanitarianism; war and nationalism; religion and secularism; post-socialist politics and culture in Central and Eastern Europe

Revised: 09/01/17