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Julie Nakama, Visiting Lecturer, Department of English, University of Pittsburgh


Dan Chyutin, Teaching Fellow, Tel Aviv University and Open University of Israel

  • Dissertation Title: “A Hidden Light: Judaism, Contemporary Israeli Film, and the Cinematic Experience”
  • ​Chair: Lucy Fischer
  • Readers: Adam Lowenstein, Neepa Majumdar, Adam Shear (Religious Studies)


Kevin Flanagan, Visiting Lecturer, Department of English, University of Pittsburgh

Candice Wilson, Assistant Professor of Film and Digital Media, University of North Georgia-Gainsville


Usha Iyer, Assistant Professor of Film Studies, Stanford University

  • Dissertation Title: “Film Dance, Female Stardom, and the Production of Gender in Popular Hindi Cinema”
  • Chair: Neepa Majumdar
  • Readers: Lucy FischerMarcia Landy, Ranjani Mazumdar (Cinema Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University)

Kathleen Murray, Senior Writer/Editor, MarCom Group, Washington DC

Seung-hwan Shin, Adjunct Instructor in East Asian Studies (NTS), University of Pittsburgh

  • Dissertation Title: “New Korean Cinema: Mourning to Regeneration”
  • Chair: Marcia Landy
  • Readers: Kyung Hyun Kim (East Asian Languages and Literatures, University of California, Irvine), Adam LowensteinColin MacCabe

John Trenz, Adjunct Instructor of English (NTS), University of Pittsburgh


Kristen Fallica, Digital Strategist, Chicago Humanities Festival


Ryan Pierson, Assistant Professor, Department of Communications, Media and Film, University of Calgary

  • Dissertation Title: “The Toy Like Nature: On the History and Theory of Animated Motion”
  • Chair: Daniel Morgan
  • Readers:  Marcia Landy, Mark Lynn Anderson, Scott Bukatman (Film & Media Studies, Stanford University)

Colleen Jankovic

  • Dissertation Title: “Cinematic Occupation:  Intelligibility, Queerness, and Palestine”
  • Chair: Neepa Majumdar
  • Readers: Mark Lynn Anderson, Troy Boone, Todd Reeser (French & Italian Languages and Literatures)


Alison PattersonLecturer in English and Film Studies (NTS), University of Pittsburgh


Tanine Allison, Assistant Professor of Film and Media Studies, Emory University

Amy Borden, Assistant Professor of Film and Theater, Portland State University

Rick Warner, Assistant Professor (TTS), University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill


Kara Andersen, Assistant Professor of Film (TS), Brooklyn College

Molly Brown, Research Director, Wise Brother Media

Jill Dione, Retired

  • Dissertation title: “Body Image: Fashioning the Postwar American”
  • Chair: Lucy Fischer
  • Readers: Jane Feuer, Marianne Novy, Carol Stabile (English, University of Oregon)

Salomé Aguilera Skvirsky, Assistant Professor, Department of Cinema and Media Studies and the College, University of Chicago

Kyle Stevens, Assistant Professor of Film Studies, Appalachian State University

Kirsten Strayer


Gregory Allen

  • Dissertation title: “The Word Made Cinematic: The Representation of Jesus in Cinema”
  • Chair: Marcia Landy
  • Readers: Troy Boone, Adam Lowenstein, Vernell Lillie (Africana Studies)

Manisha Basu, Associate Professor of English and African Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


Amanda Klein, Associate Professor of Film Studies (TS), East Carolina University


Dana Och, Lecturer in English and Film Studies, University of Pittsburgh

Daniel Wild, Placement TBA

  • Dissertation title: “The Writing on the Screen: Images of Text in the German Cinema from 1920-1949”
  • Chair: Marcia Landy
  • Readers: Paul Bové, Lucy Fischer, Linda Shulte-Sasse (German, McAllister College)


Anustup Basu, Associate Professor of English and Media and Cinema Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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  • Dissertation title: “Mantras of the Metropole: Geo-Televisuality and Contemporary Indian Cinema”
  • Chair: Marcia Landy
  • Readers: Paul Bové; Eric Clarke; Colin MacCabe; M. Prasad (Film Theory, Central Institute of English and Foreign Languages, Hyderabad)

Clare Connors, Instructor (NTS), University of Pittsburgh

  • Dissertation title: “Hollywood Youth Narratives and the Family Values Campaign 1980-1992”
  • Chair: Lucy Fischer
  • Readers: Troy Boone, Marcia Landy, Carol Stabile (Communications)


Julia Turner

  • Dissertation title: “Reading Scars: Circumcision as Textual Trope”
  • Chair: Philip Smith
  • Readers: Lucy Fischer, Mariolina Salvatori, Greg Goekjian (Portland State University)


Emily T. Bauman, Master Teacher of Liberal Studies, New York University

  • Dissertation Title: “Dreaming in Crisis: Angels and the Allegorical Imagination in Postwar America”
  • Chair: Colin MacCabe
  • Readers: Ronald Judy, Jonathan Arac, Nancy Condee (Slavic Languages and Literature)

Andrew C. Miller, Associate Professor and Chair of Media Studies and Digital Culture, Sacred Heart University


Michael G. Aronson, Associate Professor of English and Director of Cinema Studies, University of Oregon

Hugh S. Manon, Associate Professor of Screen Studies and Director of the Screen Studies Program, Department of Visual and Performing Arts, Clark University

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  • Dissertation title: “As Far As Anyone Knows: Fetishism and the Anti-Televisual Paradoxes of Film Noir”
  • Chair:  Lucy Fischer
  • Readers: Valerie Krips, James Knapp, Henry Krips (Communications)


Kara Keeling, Associate Professor of Critical Studies and American Studies and Ethnicity, University of Southern California


Patricia Caillé, Assistant Professor, (TTS) Université Robert Schuman de Strasbourg and Institute of European Studies, Paris

  • Dissertation Title:  “French Film Criticism, Authorship, and National Culture in the Mirror of John Cassavetes’s Body, His Life, His Work”
  • Chair:  Lucy Fischer
  • Readers:  Marcia Landy, James Knapp

Ellen Kreger, Associate Dean for Learning and Assessment Services, Mercy College

  • Dissertation title: “In The Shadow of His Language: Language and Feminine Subjectivity in the Cinema”
  • Chair:  Colin MacCabe
  • Readers: Lucy Fischer, Lynn Emanuel, Patrizia Lombardo (French and Italian)

David Sidore, Associate Professor, English, Macon State College


Patrice Fleck, Professor, English, Northern Virginia Community College

  • Dissertation title: “The Emergence of Date Rape: Feminism, Theory, Institutional Discourse, and Popular Culture”
  • Chair: Jane Feuer
  • Readers: Nancy Glazener, Lucy Fischer, Carol A. Stabile (Communications)


Anne Ciecko, Associate Professor, Communications, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Joy Fuqua, Associate Professor, Media Studies, Queens College

Lori Shorr, Chief Education Officer, Mayor of Philadelphia’s Office

  • Dissertation title: “Technology, the Natural and the Other: The Case of Childbirth Representations in Contemporary Popular Culture”
  • Chair:  Lucy Fischer
  • Readers: Marcia Landy, Dana Polan, Iris M. Young (Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, University of Pittsburgh)

Amy Villarejo, Professor and Chair, Theatre, Film & Dance Department, Cornell University


Ellen Bishop, Lecturer, University of Pittsburgh

Matthew Tinckom, Associate Professor of Communications, Culture, and Technology and Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, Georgetown University


Madhava Prasad, Professor of Film and Cultural Studies, Centre for European Studies, Central Institute of English and Foreign Languages (Hyderabad, India)


John Champagne, Professor of English, Penn State Erie, the Behrend College


Linda Mizejewski, Professor of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Ohio State University