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Ph.D. Faculty | Film+Digital Media / Social Documentary at UC Santa Cruz

Ph.D. Faculty

Lawrence Andrews, Associate Professor and Chair of Film & Digital Media 

Education: B.F.A., San Francisco Art Institute 

Research Interests: Film and video production, installation and media art
Sharon Daniel, Professor of Film & Digital Media and Chair of Digital Arts and New Media MFA Program
Education: M.F.A., University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Research Interests: Participatory culture, technology and social inclusion, public art
Irene Gustafson, Associate Professor of Film & Digital Media
Education: M.F.A., Radio/TV/Film, Northwestern University
Research Interests: Production across the boundaries between "theory" and "practice"; non-fiction, gender and queer studies, production design
Eli Hollander, Professor of Film & Digital Media
Education: M.F.A., University of California, Los Angeles
Research Interests:Film and video directing, editing, cinematography, videography, digital image generation and screenwriting
L.S. Kim, Associate Professor of Film & Digital Media; 
Education: Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles
Research Interests: Television history and theory, racial discourse, feminist criticism, Asian American media production, industrial practices and social change in both mainstream Hollywood and alternative media
Peter Limbrick, Associate Professor of Film & Digital Media, Director of Graduate Studies
Education: Ph.D., La Trobe University, Australia
Research Interests: Postcolonial and transnational cinemas, race, gender, sexuality, queer theory
Chip Lord
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Professor of Film & Digital Media
Education: M.Arch., Tulane University
Research Interests: Film and video directing and editing, video theory and history, video installation, screenwriting, documentary production
Irene Lusztig
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Assistant Professor of Film & Digital Media
Education: M.F.A., Bard College
Research Interests: Film and video production, experimental documentary, ethnographic film, autobiographical film, editing
Margaret Morse
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Professor of Film & Digital Media
Education: Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley
Research Interests: Digital and electronic media theory and criticism, media art, media history, technology and culture, film history and theory, German cinema, documentary and science fiction
Soraya Murray,
Assistant Professor, Film & Digital Media
Education: Ph.D. Cornell University, New York
Research Interests: New media art, theory, and criticism. Visual culture including digital, film, video, and electronic games. Theories of technology and globalization. Media representations of technological and scientific advancement. Representations of otherness, migration, citizenship.
Warren Sack
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Associate Professor of Film & Digital Media
Education: Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Research Interests: Online public space and public discussion, social computing, software studies, software design, software art, media theory
Shelley Stamp, Professor of Film & Digital Media
Education: Ph.D., New York University
Research Interests: Silent cinema, female filmmakers, film censorship, histories of moviegoing, early hollywood
Gustavo Vazquez, Associate Professor of Film & Digital Media
Education: M.A., San Francisco State University
Research Interests: Film and video production; directing drama, documentary and experimental; cross-cultural experiences in film; film festival curation
Yiman Wang, Assistant Professor of Film & Digital Media Education:
Ph.D., Duke University
Research Interests: Transnational/trans-regional Chinese cinemas of all periods, Intra-Asian and cross-Pacific film remakes, Pan-East Asian celebrity culture, East Asian cultural studies, and Asian American cinema

Affiliated Faculty
Neda Atanasoski, Assistant Professor of Feminist Studies
Education: Ph.D., University of California, San Diego
Research Interests: U.S. and Eastern European film and media; cultural studies and critical theory; war and nationalism; gender, ethnicity, and religion
Julianne Burton-Carvajal, Professor of Literature
Education: Ph.D., Yale University
Research Interests: Twentieth-century Latin(o) American visual media, particularly film; melodrama as a transnational form; gender and authorship; history, cultures, and representations of California, particularly the Central Coast.
Teresa de Lauretis, Professor Emerita of History of Consciousness
Education: Laurea, Bocconi University, Italy
Interests: Semiotics, psychoanalysis, feminism, film theory, literary theory, queer theory.
Rosa Linda Fregoso, Professor of Latin American and Latino Studies
Education: Ph.D., University of California, San Diego
Research Interests: Cultural studies, transnational feminist theories, Chiana/o and Latina/o cinema
Herman S. Gray, Professor of Sociology
Education: Ph.D., University of California, Santa Cruz
Research Interests: Cultural studies, media and television studies, black cultural politics
Donna Haraway, Professor of History of Consciousness
Education: Ph.D., Yale University
Research Interests: Feminist theory, cultural and historical studies of science and technology, relation of life and human sciences, human-animal relations, and animal studies
David Marriott, Professor of History of Consciousness
Education: Ph.D., University of Sussex
Research Interests: Literary theory, psychoanalysis, black cultural theory and philosophies of race, literary and visual cultures of modernism
B. Ruby Rich, Professor of Community Studies
Research Interests: Documentary film and video, post-9/11 culture, new queer cinema, feminist film history, Latin American and Latin/a cinema, U.S. independent film and video, the essay film, the politics of film festival proliferation and the marketing of foreign films in the U.S.
Renee Tajima-Peña, Associate Professor of Community Studies
Education: B.A., Harvard-Radcliffe College
Research Interests: Documentary film and video focusing on Asian American and immigrant communities, media, and social change.


The faculty forms a diverse cohort in terms of research outputs and creative practice. The department's scholars exhibit several clusters of strength: film history, particularly in silent cinema, in media cultures, in national and transnational media, and in digital media studies. The production faculty includes high-profile artists across a variety of media who typically work outside of or at the margins of standard industrial practice, cultivating instead a socially engaged and dynamic aesthetic vision. A subset of the faculty defies easy categorization as either ‘scholar’ or ‘artist,’ instead staging a hybrid form of practice that challenges the very rigidity of those categories. These particular faculty members have also been successful in securing external funding for their research and creative practice, a reality that distinguishes the growth potential of F&DM from many other arts programs, at UC Santa Cruz and elsewhere. The future of sustainable research in the arts and humanities is precisely in these hybrid practices, practices that engage and analyze the broad shifts around media production and consumption already underway in culture at large. [Excerpt from the 2009 external review of the department.]