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Jennifer M. Barker

Associate Professor (Ph.D. and MA UCLA; BA Univ Iowa). Research interests include the senses and synaesthesia, theories of spectatorship and embodiment, performance, and documentary. She is the author of The Tactile Eye: Touch and the Cinematic Experience (University of California Press, 2009). Her work also appears in Film-Philosophy, New Review of Film & Television Studies, Paragraph, Cinema Journal and forthcoming anthologies on the iPhone and performance theory.

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Doug Barthlow

Senior Lecturer (Ph.D. University of Georgia, 1993), Director of Undergraduate Studies (for majors in journalism, film/video, and speech communication), and Internship Coodinator of the Department of Communication. Barthlow has strong experience as a broadcast journalist, having served as a News and Public Affairs Director for two radio stations (WAMX-FM/WCMI-AM), as TV sports producer (WCIX-TV) and as news producer for a television station (WOWK-TV).

Selected Courses Taught: Intro to Communication, Internship

Kay Beck

Director, Digital Arts and Entertainment Lab, Associate Professor (Ph.D. Emory; MA Univ Maryland; MA American Univ; BA Univ Alabama). Research interests include industrial studies of entertainment and technology, and immaterial labor. Her work has appeared in Discourse Processes, International Journal of Women's Studies, Journal of Behavior and Experimental Psychology, Television Quarterly, Journal of Film and Video.

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Ly Bolia

Cinematographer/Director. Interests in cinemagraphs and storytelling and the intersection of motion graphic animation in combination with traditional cinematography.  Currently lighting director on the Velocity network series "Café Racer".

Selected Courses Taught: Cinematography, Digital Editing, Digital Moving Image Production

Jack Boozer

Jack Boozer focuses his work on film genre and the adaptation of literature to film as well as directing coursework in screenwriting. 

Selected Courses Taught: Screenwriting I & II

Ted Friedman

Associate Professor (Ph.D. Duke Univ), Research interests include media and cultural studies, new media and gaming, and the politics of Hollywood cinema. His most recent book is Electric Dreams: Computers in American Culture (NYU, 2005). His website is

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Alessandra Raengo

Associate Professor (PhD and MA NYU, BA Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Milan, Italy). Research interests: critical race theory, visual culture, film, and the arts, theories of materialism, the aesthetics of the color line. With Robert Stam, she has edited two volumes on film adaptations. Her book, On the Sleeve of the Visual: Race as Face Value (Dartmouth College Press, forthcoming) approaches race as a theory of the visual.

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Angelo Restivo

Associate Professor and Graduate Director of the MIS program (Ph.D. Univ Southern Cal; MA Illinois Chicago; BA Univ Chicago). Research interests: Critical Theory and the image; global art cinemas; space, modernization, and the moving image. His most recent book is The Cinema of Economic Miracles: Visuality and Modernization in the Italian Art Film (Duke, 2002).

Core Graduate Seminars Regularly Taught: Advanced Film Theory, International Cinemas, Style & Narrative Analysis

James Roberts

Senior Lecturer (Ph.D. Pennsylvania State, 1999). James Roberts specializes in international cinema, film theory and critcism, and the intersection of cinema and literature. Roberts oversees instruction in film aesthetics, the gateway course for the film major, and the department's core curriculum course in film history.

Selected Courses Taught: History of Motion Pictures, Film Aesthetics

Daniel Robin

Assistant Professor (MFA San Francisco State Univ). Currently teaching undergraduate film/video production courses. Robin's work has been screened world-wide, winning numerous awards. Most recently his film My Olympic Summer won the Jury Prize for short Filmmaking at the 2008 Sundance Festival. Filmmaker Magazine chose him as one of the 25 new faces of independent film in 2008.

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Sheldon Schiffer

Professor (MFA UCLA). Regularly teaches the second-year production sequence in the MA program. His films focus on youth culture, Latin American experience, and public health. His work has won numerous national awards at festivals and has appeared on PBS. He is currently working on a feature-length Brazilian-US coproduction.

Selected Courses Taught: Digital Moving Image Production, Acting for the Camera


Dr. Shahaf

Sharon Shahaf

Sharon Shahaf (PhD UT Austin; BA and MA Tel Aviv University) specializes in global television studies. Her research interests include Israeli television, global television formats and post-Zionist critique. She is the co-editor of Global Television Formats: Understanding Television across Borders (Routledge, 2011). Her articles and monographs appeared in Westminster Papers in Communication and Culture, Flow, and In Media Res. Her current book project examines the emergence of reality television in Israel as a way to understand the genre’s global dynamics as well as Israeli television’s globalization.

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Greg Smith

Dr. Smith studies narrative and aesthetics in various media, including film, television, new media, and comics.



Selected Courses Taught: Style and Narrative Analysis; Videogame Studies; Comics, Film Theory and Criticism; Auteurs and Audiences


Niklas Vollmer

Associate Professor, (MFA Univ of California, San Diego; BFA Univ Arizona). Research and teaching interests: experimental, avant-garde, and nonfiction theory and practice; community-based and subject participatory media-making; the essay film; video art; home moviemaking and the representation of family; performance of masculinity; and environmental documentaries. His most recent work, Environmental Champions, screened on the Olympic Green during the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.

Selected Courses Taught: Community Based Media Production, Media Expressions, Experimental Film & Media