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Soc Doc Students

Portrait of Ruth Anne Beutler
Graduate Student, MFA Program
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
Ernie Calderon
Graduate Student, MFA Program
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;
Image of Courtney Coulson
Graduate Student, MFA Program
Human rights, documentary ethics, conscious decision-making
Image of Jordan Freeman
Graduate Student, MFA Program
Environmental activism, human rights, oceans
Chisa Hughes on rocks by ocean with camera
Graduate Student, MFA Program
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.
Image of Fiorella Loma
Graduate Student, MFA Program
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.
Image of Alexandrea O'Neill
Graduate Student, MFA Program
Alternative living rights; social policy; space as a social construct
Image of Samantha Robison
Graduate Student, MFA Program
Art and social change; Activism; Gender roles in Islam; Muslim women surfers
Portrait of Lara Saab
Graduate Student, MFA Program
In her current research, Lara Saab assembles fictional narratives from found footage, posts, and sounds that she collects from social media platforms.
Image of Hoda Sobhani
Graduate Student, MFA Program
Social and political films, feminist filmmaking
Image of Lucas Solorzano
Graduate Student, MFA Program
Social movements, prison abolition, decolonization, immigrant rights, criminalization, carceral politics, state violence, black and brown self-determination, latinidad, youth movements, popular pedagogy