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
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    Nicholas Baer earned his PhD in Film & Media from UC Berkeley in 2015, with a Designated Emphasis in Critical Theory. Currently, he is Assistant Professor of Film Studies in the Department of Arts, Culture, and Media at the University of Groningen... 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 (PhD 2019) is a Lecturer at the School of Film & Media Arts at Cleveland State University and an Affiliate Scholar in Cinema Studies at Oberlin College. She is currently working on her book project, Making Media New: Race in... 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

    Media archaeology, history of cartography, silent film, history of science and technology


    Patrick Ellis is an Assistant Professor of Communication at the University of Tampa. He is a historian of film and media, with a special interest in how these subjects interact with the histories of cartography, medicine, science and technology. He is the... 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.
  • Renée Pastel

    7403 Dwinelle

    Tuesday 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm and Thursday 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

    film and neuroscience, new/digital media, representations of war, memory and film, media politics and culture, film theory, television