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Soc Doc Students

Graduate Student – Class of 2020
Research interests: Intersection of music and political life, social movements, state oppression, and diaspora, with a particular interest in the Basque Country
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;
Graduate Student – Class of 2020
expressions of environmentalism, extinction, ethics of environmental policies, fisheries, "bush radio" in Alaska
Portrait of Carlos Campos
Graduate Student – Class of 2020
Documents youth within communities
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
Graduate Student – Class of 2020
Research Interests: Stories and identities of marginalized peoples
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.
Graduate Student – Class of 2020
Research Interests: critical race and ethnic studies; visual anthropology; agro-ecology; landscape; diaspora; urban studies; social movements; feminisms
Graduate Student – Class of 2020
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.
Graduate Student – Class of 2020
Research Interests: Multimedia projects that examine the complex relationships communities have to their physical and social environments
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
Graduate Student – Class of 2020
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 populatio
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
Graduate Student – Class of 2020
Multimedia communications, social movements, social justice. Music and cinema, popular culture and Latin American folklore.