People / Graduate Students


  • Bio

    Robert Alford’s dissertation, “’To Know the Words to the Music’: Spatial Circulation, Queer Discourse and the Musical,” historicizes the relationship between homosexuals and musicals, and theorizes how popular song enabled forms of spatial and linguistic mobility that allowed queers to pass as... More
  • Bio

    Nicholas Baer (PhD, 2015) is Assistant Professor of Film Studies at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands. He co-edited the award-winning The Promise of Cinema: German Film Theory, 1907–1933 (University of California Press, 2016) and Unwatchable (Rutgers University Press, 2019). Baer... More
  • Eliot Bessette

    Fear, horror films, haunts, boxing films, aesthetics, film and philosophy


    Eliot Bessette received his Ph.D. in 2020. His dissertation, “Thinking Through Fear in Film and Haunts,” advances a new form of philosophically productive close readings of the emotion of fear, as elicited by horror cinema and immersive theatrical haunted house attractions, or... More
  • Jennifer Blaylock

    African and postcolonial studies, new media and technology studies, nonfiction and nontheatrical media


    Jennifer Blaylock received her PhD in 2019. Currently she is an Affiliate Scholar in Cinema Studies at Oberlin College, where she is working on her book project, Media/Fetish, a postcolonial media archaeology that analyzes discourse about new media technologies in Africa from the... More
  • Alex Bush

    7403 Dwinelle

    Tuesday 3:00 - 4:00 pm,
    Thursday 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

    Environmental humanities, media theory & historiography, modernity, photography, new media, data visualization


    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... More
  • Patrick Ellis

    Early and silent cinema, media archaeology, history of science and technology, history of cartography, world's fairs and expositions


    Patrick Ellis received his PhD in 2017, and is now a Marion L. Brittain Fellow in the School of Literature, Media, and Communication at the Georgia Institute of Technology. His book project, Aeroscopics: Media Archaeology of the Bird’s-Eye View, provides a history of... More
  • Dolores McElroy

    7403 Dwinelle

    Tuesday 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm

    divas, stardom, melodrama, musicals, queer theory, psychoanalysis


    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.