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Ph.D. Students

Graduate Student, PhD Program
Through her research, Yasmine Benabdallah explores questions of decolonial filmmaking, in particular in the context of Moroccan, North African, and Arab cinema. She approaches this question through work with archive, memory, language, indigenous epistemologies, and collaborative practices.
Graduate Student, PhD Program
Histories and theories of ecology, relationships of human and plant species seen through the lens of physical scale and time scale, and ways to catalyze us to protect biodiversity.
Graduate Student, PhD Program
Expanded documentary, experimental ethnographic film, environmental justice, eco-disasters, multispecies ethnography, invasive species, the anthropocene, and jellyfish.
Graduate Student, PhD Program
experimental media and art; statecraft and the built environment; political economy of machinic/nonhuman sensing.
Graduate Student, PhD Program
Critical Media Practice, Performance Studies, Directing, Film Theory and Historiography, Postcolonial Studies, Narrative Theory, Screenwriting, Latin American and Caribbean Cinemas, Film and Memory
Graduate Student, PhD Program
Research interests: Science Fiction, Media Representation of Law and Punishment, Futurism, Labor, Abolition and Transformative Justice, Cyborg Theory, Fandom Studies, Gender and Technology, Representation of the Other
Gonzalo Galetto
Graduate Student, PhD Program
Other-than-human and human relations, environmental conservation, film and media installations.
Graduate Student
Border studies, critical geography, affect theory as well as surveillance studies and militaristic technology
Graduate Student, PhD Program
Intersection of art and politics, treating image making as steeped in colonial pasts and modern surveillance states, legacies of trauma and conflict in experimental documentary and performance practices from the Middle East and North Africa and their diaspora.
Graduate Student, PhD Program
experimental documentary filmmaking, landscape, topographies, more-than-human collaborations, film materiality, embodied narratives, labor activism
Graduate Student, PhD Program
Documentary filmmaker, organizer and educator. Exploring ethics and politics through process and form. Centered around questions of landscape, memory, time, speculative nonfiction, co-existence, capitalism, interdependency.
Graduate Student, PhD Program
Storytelling, Smartphones, Speculative Design, Architectural Space, Urban Studies, Immersive Environments, Forensic Architecture, Critical Geographies, Digital Mapping, Multimedia Storytelling, Desire, Consumption, Eroticism and Sexuality, Feminist and Queer Theory, Augmented Reality
Graduate Student, Instructor
Media Sport Studies, Documentary and Experimental Cinemas, Fan Studies, Visual Anthropology, Essay Film, Cultural Studies, Film/Video Curating, Non-Theatrical Film and Exhibition, Microcinemas, Artist-Run Film Labs and Processes, Archives
Graduate Student, PhD Program
Chris is interested in exploring different artistic methods for critical interrogation of digital systems, with a special focus on games and game art.
Graduate Student, PhD Program
Sound studies, diaspora studies, ethnomusicology, decolonial studies, audio technology, ethnographic research
Graduate Student, PhD Program
Experimental documentary film, experimental ethnography, documentary performance, politics of representation, historiography of Korean diaspora
Hans Kuzmich
Graduate Student, PhD Program
Abolition and transformative justice; feminist, queer and trans studies; political and libidinal economies of violence; documentary and experimental film
Graduate Student, PhD Program, Social Documentation M.F.A., 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, PhD Program
Video artist and documentary / experimental filmmaker. Deals with subjects related to gender roles, sexuality and national identity, and the relations between these three. Her film The Men behind the Wall won the Golden Bear Award for best short film and screened worldwide.
Graduate Student
Black Diaspora, Urbanism, Immigration, Black Cinema
Graduate Student, PhD Program
Queer theory, community organizing, experimental cinema, film festival studies, printed matter, HIV/AIDS, porn studies, media technologies, fan cultures , performance studies, contemporary art criticism, avant-garde queer musicology, experimental literature, “offline” cultures.
Portrait of Esra Ozban
Graduate Student, PhD Program
Film festivals, queer cinema, collective memory, film theatres, archival studies, counter-hegemonic memory, film programming, gender/sexuality studies
Graduate Student, PhD Program
participatory documentary, first-person film narratives, video essays, multimedia storytelling, queer cinema, middle-eastern studies, film/media studies
Amy Reid Headshot
Graduate Student, PhD Program
Formative Feminist Filmmaking, Transnational and Counter Cinematic Movements, Participatory Documentary Practices
Graduate Student, PhD Program
Allen Riley is an electronic media artist and educator working in participatory video and games. He designs hands-on learning programs at Beam Center and builds arcade cabinets with Death by Audio Arcade in Brooklyn, NY.
Graduate Student
Activism, interactive and computational media, biotechnology, bioart, experimental film, augmented reality, virtual reality, interactive fiction, and gaming
Lior Shamriz
Graduate Student, PhD Program
Research Interests: Transnational Cinema, Experimental Cinema, Palestine/Israel, West Asia, Mizrahi Jews, Queer Cinema, Film as Performance, Early Photography
Graduate Student, PhD Program
catharsis and trauma in media, how narratives, facilitated by immersive and interactive technology, create opportunities for self-reflection
Image of Kelly Sky
Graduate Student; PhD Program
Environmental Science; Digital Art; Mapping; Documentary Filmmaking
Graduate Student, PhD Program
participatory archives, internet art, the public domain, metadata, panoptics, forensic aesthetics, open video, free culture
Shirin Towfiq
Historiography of Iranian Diaspora, cultural memory, archival silences, translation, sound studies, multimedia storytelling, neglected histories, video installation, embodied archives, transnational migration, family histories, legacies of trauma, vernacular photography, everyday performances, Middl
Graduate Student, PhD Program
translation as a method of working with images and sound in articulations of catastrophes
Darren Wallace
Graduate Student, PhD Program
Afropessimism and the libidinal economy of desire in U.S. cinemas, Sex Work, Labor and Alienation, Liberation Theology, Queer Theory, Critical Theory, Oral Tradition, Indigenous Narratology, Decolonial Aesthetics, Social Cinema of the Cppressed, Hip Hop, ethnomusicology and cinematic temporality