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


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


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


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


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

  • 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


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


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


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


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

  • lidazwu@berkeley.edu
  • Transmediality, color, narrative, television, synesthesia, animation, Russian literature and film, Vladimir Nabokov


Lida Zeitlin Wu is a PhD student in Film & Media researching theories of transmediality, especially word and image relations in print and screen media. She has an MA in Comparative Literature from UC Berkeley and a BA from the University of Chicago in Russian Literature and Art … More