Social Documentation Students

Kyle Baker
Research interests: Intersection of music and political life, social movements, state oppression, and diaspora, with a particular interest in the Basque Country
Ruth Anne Beutler
Research Interests: Representations of aid workers and populations served by the humanitarian industry, the formation and performance of humanitarian identity, ramifications of COVID-19, the rural American experience, experiences of gender-based disparities in the treatment of pain, and determinants of audience attitude and behavior change related to encounters with documentary media.
Ernie Calderon
Research Interests: Child Welfare - particularly the psychological ramifications of trauma; Social Justice - immigration and refugee rights; Auteur and Schreiber Theory - pertaining to its application in documentary filmmaking; Latinx Diaspora; Surveillance and Genocide Studies; End-of-life Rights; and unique stories that pertain to the human condition.
Andrés Javier Camacho
expressions of environmentalism, extinction, ethics of environmental policies, fisheries, "bush radio" in Alaska
Carlos Campos
Documents youth within communities
Courtney Coulson
Human rights, documentary ethics, conscious decision-making
Jordan Freeman
Environmental activism, human rights, oceans
Melanie Ho
Research Interests: Stories and identities of marginalized peoples
Chisato (Chisa) Hughes
Research Interests: Observational documentary, the film essay, autobiographic and experimental nonfiction; american carcerality and abolition/transformative justice; panasian diasporic communities, and queer-of-color feminisms.
Fiorella Lema
Decolonial feminist theory, indigenous political movements, preservation of traditional healing practices in the Americas, food justice and land sovereignty in the Americas, Peruvian Diaspora, queer theory, feminist film theory, Latin American studies, and labor studies.
Jeanne Lieberman
Research Interests: critical race and ethnic studies; visual anthropology; agro-ecology; landscape; diaspora; urban studies; social movements; feminisms
Mahshid Modares
Visual culture and sociopolitical evolution in the Middle East, and the role of the arts, including documentary making, in visualizing political, social, and cultural changes in the region.
Brian Myers
Research Interests: Multimedia projects that examine the complex relationships communities have to their physical and social environments
Alexandrea O'Neill
Alternative living rights; social policy; space as a social construct
Samantha Robison
Art and social change; Activism; Gender roles in Islam; Muslim women surfers
Deepika Shrestha Ross
Research Interests Identity Development and Agency - particularly in the context of immigration Space and Place - the social and political implications of space, gentrification Cultural Narratives - the selling of the "American Dream" and its impact on segments of the American population and immigrant communities) Teaching and Learning - the intersection of design and pedagogy, access to education
Lara Saab
In her current research, Lara Saab assembles fictional narratives from found footage, posts, and sounds that she collects from social media platforms. In her video, she documents communal rituals practiced during the October 17 popular uprising in Lebanon, as well as manifestations of emotional support and intimacy experienced during the protests.
Hoda Sobhani
Social and political films, feminist filmmaking
Lucas Solorzano
Social movements, prison abolition, decolonization, immigrant rights, criminalization, carceral politics, state violence, black and brown self-determination, latinidad, youth movements, popular pedagogy
Oana Tenter
Research Interests: Refugees, Roma, human rights, sex trafficking, and immigration.
Boris Yaikin
Multimedia communications, social movements, social justice. Music and cinema, popular culture and Latin American folklore.