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 theatrical haunted house attractions, or "haunts." He is also a staff writer for Haunting.net, where he … More



Jennifer Blaylock

Bio

Jennifer Blaylock is a PhD candidate in Film & Media. Her dissertation, "Media Machines: A Postcolonial Archaeology of New Media and Africa," analyzes the history of media technology in anglophone Africa from the early 1900s to the present. Each chapter describes a different … More


Harry Burson

  • harryburson@berkeley.edu
  • sound studies, media archaeology, stereophony, immersion, virtual reality, new media, sound art

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, virtual reality, and sound art. He holds an M.A. in Film and Media from UC Berkeley and an M.A. in English from Georgetown … More


Alex Bush

Bio

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. … More








Lisa Jacobson

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. Her research considers the politics of display in cinematic memorials of state-enforced dissapearances in the Global South. She is interested in … More




Lida Zeitlin Wu

  • lidazwu@berkeley.edu
  • Color, aesthetics, transmedia, narrative, television, synesthesia, Russian and Soviet literature and visual culture

Bio

Lida Zeitlin Wu is a PhD student in Film & Media researching theories of color across media forms. She has an MA in Comparative Literature from UC Berkeley and a BA from the University of Chicago in Russian Literature and Visual Art. She also has a longterm interest in prose of writer … More