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  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Cinema Studies
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Education

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

Biography

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.