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 is a Harper-Schmidt Fellow in the University of Chicago’s Society of Fellows at the rank of Collegiate Assistant Professor in the Humanities. He completed his PhD in Film & Media and Critical Theory in 2015 with a dissertation on the relationship... More
  • Jennifer Blaylock

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


    Jennifer Blaylock received her PhD in 2019. She currently is a Research Associate in Cinema Studies at Bowdoin College, where she is working on her book project, Media/Fetish: A Postcolonial Archaeology of New Media and Africa. Media/Fetish analyzes the history of new... 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.