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  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Cinema Studies


PhD in visual and cultural studies, University of Rochester
MFA in film production (directing), Boston University
BA in film studies, Eckerd College 


My work as a teacher, scholar, and producer is informed by an international and often non-industrial conception of cinema. In my research, I focus on experimental/avant-garde cinema in both traditional and “expanded” exhibition contexts.
My scholarship and teaching emphasize the political and conceptual power of cinematic works, and are both grounded in a rigorous attention to the formal aspects of films, which is partly a function of my background as a practitioner. I have acted in various capacities: director, performer, cinematographer, and editor, on a range of productions, including independent narrative features, documentaries for public broadcast, and experimental/artisanal pieces.
I also have a background in programming and curation, having organized exhibitions on topics ranging from color film processes to the intersection of architecture and cinema.
I am currently preparing a book manuscript on the politics and aesthetics of montage in contemporary experimental cinema and video art, while also conducting research on the intersecting histories of avant-garde cinema and environmental discourse in the postwar United States.