Social Documentation

2018-19 General Catalog

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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

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

Margaret Morse, Professor Emerita

Rick Prelinger
Critical archival studies; personal and institutional recordkeeping; access to the cultural record; media and social change; “useful” (advertising, educational, industrial and sponsored) cinema; amateur and home movies; participatory documentary; digital scholarship; cinema and public history; history of television

B. Ruby Rich
Specializes in 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, and the making/marketing of foreign films in the U.S.; editor of "Film Quarterly" advising on writing, editing, and journal submission

Warren Sack
Software studies, software art, software design, media theory, history and philosophy of computing, science and technology

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, gender and queer studies, animal 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

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

Soraya Murray
Visual culture studies including contemporary art, film, and electronic games; critical game studies, new media art, theory and criticism; theories of technology and globalization; history of art and technology; science-fiction (utopia/dystopia/apocalypse/technothriller); representations of otherness/race/class/gender/sexuality

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, social documentation

Jennifer Maytorena Taylor
Social documentation focusing on youth, Latinx and Latin American communities, education, popular culture, religion, juvenile justice, crime and incarceration, rural issues, migration, economic and racial justice; transmedia and multi-platform work; journalism

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 and theory, sound production, radio and transmission art, media art installation and performance, environmental art, 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

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

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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

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

Herman S. Gray, Professor Emertus

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

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, Distinguished Professor (History)
Modern Chinese social and cultural history; labor history; gender history, history of sexuality; feminist theory, history, memory, and nostalgia

Dee Hibbert-Jones, Professor, Art
Public art, sculpture, documentary film, animation

Lourdes Martinez-Echazabal, Professor Emerita

Olga Nájera-Ramírez, Professor Emerita

Eric C. Porter (History and History of Consciousness)
Black cultural and intellectual history; US cultural history and cultural studies; critical race and ethnic studies; Black radicalism; improvised music and jazz studies; urban studies

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

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

Nancy Stoller, Professor Emerita

Dana Y. Takagi, Professor Emerita

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

Lewis Watts, Professor Emeritus

David T. Wellman, Professor Emeritus

Associate Professor

David Henry Anthony III (History)
African and African American history, art, music, literature, and cinema; eastern and southern Africa; African vernacular expression; Black Atlantic; Indian Ocean world; African and African American linkages; Islamic civilization; African diaspora studies; African Sufism; African religion; missiology, liberation theology; world history

Felicity Amaya Schaeffer (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

Revised: 07/15/18