UC Berkeley Department of Film and Media

Department of Film & Media UC Berkeley

People / Graduate Students

Current Students


Hannah Airriess

  • hmairriess@berkeley.edu
  • East Asian cinemas, Japanese film and cultural theory, media theory, technologies of travel, theories and histories of labor and work, global melodrama



Eliot Bessette

Bio

Eliot Bessette is a PhD candidate in Film & Media. His dissertation examines the philosophical relationship of fear and thought elicited by horror films and walkthrough haunted house attractions, or "haunts." He received an MA in Cinema and Media Studies from UCLA and an AB in … More



Jennifer Blaylock

Bio

Jennifer Blaylock is a PhD candidate in Film & Media. Her dissertation, Specters of Mobility: A Transnational History of New Media in Ghana, analyzes the history of new media technologies in Ghana from the early 1900s to the present. Each chapter describes a different media … More


Harry Burson

  • harryburson@berkeley.edu
    Office Hours:
    7403 Dwinelle
    Wednesday 2:00-4:00pm
  • immersion, space, media archaeology, sound studies, stereophony

Bio

Harry Burson is a PhD student in Film & Media with a Designated Emphasis in New Media. He is interested in immersive media technologies, histories of stereophonic sound, and virtual reality. He received an M.A. in English from Georgetown University and a B.A. in English from Truman State … More


Alex Bush

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Alex Bush is a PhD candidate in Film & Media and a 2017-18 Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Fellow. Her dissertation, "Cold Storage: A Media History of the Glacier," examines the role played by visual and communications media in bringing nature into a Western mode of historical thought. At … More








Lisa Jacobson

  • lisawj@berkeley.edu
    Office Hours:
    7403 Dwinelle
    Wednesday 2:00-4:00pm
  • Television (particularly American and German), history and memory, seriality, media theory, new media
  • Advisor: Mark Sandberg

Bio

Lisa Wells Jacobson is a PhD candidate in Film & Media working on contemporary American, German, and Russian film and television. Her dissertation, "History On Demand: The Cold War as Serial Television," examines how recent Cold War TV dramas locate the origin of current on-demand … More






Dolores McElroy

Bio

Dolores is a PhD candidate in Film & Media with an M.A. in Film Studies from Columbia University and a B.A. in English (Film Track) from Colorado College. More



Renée Pastel

  • rlpastel@berkeley.edu
  • film and neuroscience, new/digital media, representations of war, memory and film, media politics and culture, film theory, television
  • Advisor: Linda Williams


Alina Predescu

Bio

Alina Predescu is a PhD candidate in Film & Media working on questions of ethics and aesthetics in documentary and nonfiction film. Her research explores concepts of ethnographic representation in nonfiction film, forms of perfomativity present in documentary film, and the interview as a … More


Diana Ruiz

Bio

Diana Ruiz is a PhD student in Film & Media and holds a BA in Women's Studies and Certificate in Arts of the Moving Image from Duke University. She is interested in the politics of museum exhibition (particularly in Latin America), expanded cinema, decolonial aesthetics, documentary ethics, … More




Lida Zeitlin Wu

Bio

Lida Zeitlin Wu spent two years in the department of Comparative Literature before transferring into Film & Media in Fall 2017. Before coming to Berkeley, she received her B.A. from the University of Chicago with dual degrees in Russian Literature and Art Practice, and worked in Beijing for … More