UC Berkeley Department of Film and Media

Department of Film & Media UC Berkeley

Programs / Graduate

Dissertations and Career Paths


Ph.D. 2018

Justin Vaccaro

Dissertation Title: “Human Sciences, Human Monsters: the SF-Horror Film from the 1930s to 1960s”


Ph.D. 2017

Fareed Ben-Youssef

Global Perspectives on Society Teaching Fellow, NYU-Shanghai Dissertation Title: "Visions of Power: Violence, the Law and the Post-9/11 Genre Film"

Patrick Ellis

Brittain Fellow, Georgia Tech University
Dissertation Title: “Aeroscopics: Spectacles of the Bird’s-Eye View”

Jennifer Pranolo

Center for Humanistic Inquiry Fellow, Amherst College
Dissertation Title: "Studio/World: Photography's Other Nature"


Ph.D. 2016

Robert Alford

Assistant Director, Donor Relations at UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture
Dissertation Title: At Home Everywhere: Empowerment Fantasies in the Domestication of Videogames"

Christopher Goetz

Assistant Professor of Cinematic Arts, University of Iowa
Dissertation title: “At Home Everywhere: Empowerment Fantasies in the Domestication of Videogames”

Kristen Loutensock

Dissertation Title: "Genre Disorder: Autism and Narrative in American Popular Culture"


Ph.D. 2015

Irene Chien

Assistant Professor of Media and Communication at Muhlenberg College
Dissertation Title: "Programmed Moves: Race and Embodiment in Fighting and Dancing Videogames"


Ph.D. 2014

Jonathan Haynes

Dissertation Title: "The Mid-Atlantic : Fantasmatic Genealogies of the French and American New Waves"

George Larkin

Assistant Professor of Media, Culture and Design, Woodbury University
Dissertation Title: "Plotting Sex: Pornography's Performatistic Screen"

Irina Leimbacher

Assistant Professor of Film Studies, Keene State College
Dissertation Title: "More Than Talking Heads: Nonfiction Testimony and Cinematic Form"

Erica Levin

Assistant Professor of History of Art, Ohio State University
Dissertation Title: "Social Media: The News in Experimental Film, Video Art, and Performance after 1960"

Andrew Moisey

Assistant Professor of History of Art, Cornell University
Dissertation Title: "The Photographic World Picture"

Kevin Wynter

Assistant Professor of Media Studies, Pomona College
Dissertation Title: "Feeling Absence: Horror in Cinema from Post War to Post-Wall"


Ph.D. 2013

Kris Fallon

Assistant Professor of Cinema and Digital Media, University of California, Davis
Dissertation Title: "Where Truth Lies: Political Documentary Film & Digital Media, 2000-2010"

Jisung Kim

Dissertation Title: "The Initimacy of Distance: South Korean Cinema and the Conditions of Capitalist Individuation"

Rielle Navitski

Assistant Professor of Theatre and Film Studies, University of Georgia
Dissertation Title: "Sensationalism, Cinema and the Popular Press in Mexico and Brazil, 1905-1930"

Damon Young

Assistant Professor of Film and Media and French, University of California, Berkeley
Dissertation Title: "Making Sex Public: Cinema and the Liberal Social Body"


Ph.D. 2011

Laura Horak

Associate Professor of Film Studies, Carleton University
Dissertation Title: "Girls Will Be Boys: Cross-Dressed Women and the Legitimation of American Silent Cinema"

Jennifer Malkowski

Assistant Professor of Film and Media Studies, Smith College
Dissertation Title: "'Dying in Full Detail': Mortality and Duration in Digital Documentary"


Ph.D. 2010

Scott Ferguson

Assistant Professor in the Department of Humanities and Cultural Studies, University of South Florida
Research Scholar, Binzagr Institute for Sustainable Prosperity
Dissertation Title: "Recapitulation in close-up: Ontogeny, phylogeny, and the face of evolutionary time"

Meredith Hoy

Assistant Professor of Art History and Theory, Arizona State University
Dissertation Title: "From Point to Pixel: A Genealogy of Digital Aesthetics"

Amy Rust

Associate Professor, Department of Humanities and Cultural Studies, University of South Florida
Dissertation Title: "'Passionate Detachment': Technologies of Vision and Violence in American Cinema, 1967 - 1974"


Ph.D. 2009

Amy Corbin

Associate Professor, Media and Communications, Muhlenberg College
Dissertation Title: "Traveling spectators: Cinema, geography, and multiculturalism in late twentieth-century America"

Douglas Cunningham

Adjunct Professor, Professor of Humanities, BYU
Adjunct Professor of Film and Media, University of Utah
Dissertation Title: "Imagining Air Force identity: Masculinity, aeriality, and the films of the U.S. Army Air Forces First Motion Picture Unit"

Tung-hui Hu

Postdoctoral Scholar in the Michigan Society of Fellows, and Assistant Professor of English Language and Literature, University of Michigan, 2009-2012
Dissertation Title: "Seeing emptiness: Berlin, Nevada, and the space of new media"

Anupama Kapse

Associate Professor of Film Studies, Loyola Marymount University
Film and Media Studies, Queens College, City University of New York
Dissertation Title: "The moving image : melodrama and early Indian cinema 1913-1939"


Ph.D. 2008

Steve Choe

Associate Professor of Critical Studies, School of Cinema, San Francisco State University
Dissertation Title: "Life and death in the cinema of Weimar Germany, 1919-1924"

Hoang Tan Nguyen

Associate Professor of Literature and Cultural Studies, UC San Diego
Dissertation Title: "A view from the bottom: Asian American masculinity and sexual representation"


Ph.D. 2006

Scott Combs

Associate Professor of English, St. John's University in Queens, New York City
Dissertation Title: "Final touches: Registering death in American cinema"

Minette Hillyer

Lecturer, Department of English, Film, Theatre, and Media Studies, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
Dissertation Title: "Making home: Film and the modern American everyday"


Ph.D. 2005

Ara Osterweil

Assistant Professor, Department of English, McGill University
Dissertation Title: "Flesh cinema: The corporeal avant-garde 1959-1979"


Ph.D. 2004

Guo-Juin Hong

Associate Professor, Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies; Director, Program in the Arts of the Moving Image; Academic Director, Duke in LA Program; Duke University
Dissertation Title: "Cinematograph of history: Post/colonial modernity in 1930s Shanghai and new Taiwanese cinema since 1982"

Maria St John

Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, UC San Francisco; Chair, Feminist Psychology Program, New College Graduate Psychiatry Program
Dissertation Title: "The mammy fantasy: Psychoanalysis, race, and the ideology of absolute maternity"

Frank Wilderson

Professor, African-American Studies and Drama, UC Irvine
Dissertation Title: "Settler, 'savage', slave : cinema and the structure of U.S. antagonisms"


Ph.D. 2003

Jonah Ross

Dissertation Title: "Acoustic graffiti: The rock soundtrack in contemporary American cinema"

Domietta Torlasco

Associate Professor of Italian and Comparative Literature, Northwestern University
Dissertation Title: "Undoing the scene of the crime: Time and vision in Italian cinema"

Roy Vallis

Lecturer, Writing Program, University of California, Santa Barbara
Dissertation Title: "Beowulf in Hollywood: Popular Film as Folktale and Legend"


Ph.D. 2002

Catherine Zimmer

Associate Professor of English, Pace University
Dissertation Title: "Film on film: Self-reflexivity and moving image technology"


Designated Emphasis

Juan Ospina Leon (Spanish and Portuguese, 2015)

Asst. Professor of Hispanic Studies, Dept. of Modern Languages and Literatures, The Catholic University of America

Todd Barnes (Rhetoric, 2010)

Assistant Professor of Literature, Ramapo College of New Jersey

Mona El-Sherif (Political Science, 2010)

Assistant Professor of Arabic, Colorado College

David Pettersen (French, 2008)

Assistant Professor of Film Studies, and French Languages and Literatures, University of Pittsburgh

Elisabeth Anker (Political Science, 2007)

Assistant Professor, American Studies, George Washington University

Zeynep Gürsel (Anthropology, 2007)

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Assistant Professor of Anthropology

June Hwang (German, 2007)

University of Rochester, Assistant Professor of English and Associated Faculty, Visual and Cultural Studies

Rani Neutill (Ethnic Studies, 2007)

Harvard University, Committee on Degrees in History and Literature

Polina Barskova (Slavic, 2006)

Assistant Professor of Russian Literature; Humanities, Arts and Cultural Studies Faculty, Hampshire College

Jane McGonigal (Performance Studies, 2006)

Games designer and researcher, lecturer, consultant

Christopher Oscarson (Scandinavian, 2006)

Assistant Professor, Department of Humanities, Classics and Comparative Literature, Brigham Young University

Minh-ha T. Pham (Ethnic Studies, 2006)

New York University. Assistant Professor/Faculty Fellow of Social and Cultural Analysis

Andrey Shcherbenok (Rhetoric, 2006)

Three-year post-doc, Columbia University, Society of Fellows; since 2010, Fellow, Russian and Slavonic Studies, The University of Sheffield

Reid Davis (Performance Studies, 2005)

Adjunct Professor, Department of Performing Arts, Saint Mary's College, Moraga; also works extensively as a theater director.

Deborah Shamoon (Japanese, 2005)

Assistant Professor, East Asian Languages and Cultures, University of Notre Dame

Andrew Uroskie (Rhetoric, 2005)

Assistant Professor, Art Department, Stony Brook University (fields of specialization: Late Modern and Contemporary Art, Photography and the Moving Image)

Christopher Caes (Slavic, 2004)

Assistant Professor, Department of Germanic and Slavic Studies, University of Florida

Kirsten Cather (Japanese, 2004)

Assistant Professor, Asian Studies, University of Texas, Austin

José Alaniz (Comparative Literature, 2003)

Assistant Professor, Slavic Languages and Literatures, University of Washington

Jennifer Kapczynski (German, 2003)

Assistant Professor, Germanic Languages and Literatures, Washington University, St Louis

Arne Lunde (Scandinavian, 2003)

Assistant Professor, The Scandinavian Section, University of California, Los Angeles

Lucia Galleno (Spanish and Portuguese, 2002)

Professor of Spanish, Queens University, Charlotte, North Carolina

Jared Sexton (Ethnic Studies, 2002)

Associate Professor, African American Studies and Film and Media Studies, School of Humanities, University of California, Irvine

Cari Borja (Anthropology, 2001)

Clothes designer. See Cariborja.com

Lilya Kaganovsky (Comparative Literature, 2000)

Associate Comparative University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign