Roderick Coover – Program Co-Director (Center for the Arts – Department of Film and Media Arts)
Roderick Coover is Associate Professor and Director of the Graduate Program in Film and Media Arts. Professor Coover holds a BA from Cornell University (1989), an MA from Brown University (1994) and a PhD in the History of Culture from the University of Chicago (1999). Professor Coover’s works explore ways new technologies shape visual research, documentary methods and creative practices. His works include films, interactive video arts, books, museum installations, works for public spaces and works for immersive environments including CAVEs. His courses rigorously integrate production and theory; the courses emphasize cross-disciplinary forms of experimentation and collaboration. Read more about the work of Professor Coover on FMA’s website.
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Naomi Schiller – Program Co-Director (College of Liberal Arts – Department of Anthropology)
Naomi Schiller is Assistant Professor of Anthropology. Professor Schiller’s research and teaching focus on the anthropology of media, ethnographic film, the state, community television, ideologies of press freedom, and social movements in Latin America. She has produced several short films together with Caracas-based community media producers. Professor Schiller earned a bachelor’s degree in Women and Gender Studies (with a concentration in Latin American Studies) from Columbia University, and a Certificate in Media and Culture, master’s, and doctoral degrees in Anthropology from New York University. Read more about the work of Professor Schiller on Anthropology’s website.
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Warren Bass (Center for the Arts – Department of Film and Media Arts)
Warren Bass is an independent filmmaker and professor at Temple’s Film and Media Arts department. Professor Bass has chaired the Film and Media Arts department at Temple University as well as serving for extended periods of time as director of the MFA program in Film and Media Arts. He teaches directing, cinematography and advanced documentary and fiction film workshops. Professor Bass was trained at the Yale School of Drama with Honors in directing, and Columbia University in film and documentary where he was a School of the Arts Scholar. Read more about the work of Professor Bass on FMA’s website.
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Fabienne L. Darling-Wolf (School of Media and Communication)
Fabienne L. Darling-Wolf teaches a variety of courses at Temple including international communication, gender and the American mass media, and ethical issues in journalism and she also regularly teaches two of the Mass Media and Communication doctorate program’s core courses (qualitative research methods and communication theory) and a six-week summer workshop in contemporary Japanese culture at Temple University Japan. On the broadest level, her work is concerned with the impact of increasingly global communication flows on culture and social organization. Professor Darling-Wolf research seeks to further our understanding, in particular, of how such processes intersect with issues of cultural identity, ethnicity, race, gender and/or class in both the production of global mediated texts and in their local consumption. Read more about the work of Professor Darling-Wolf on Media and Communication’s website.
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Inmaculada M. García Sánchez (College of Liberal Arts – Anthropology Department)
Professor Sanchez earned a B.A. in English from the University of Valladolid with a specialization in linguistics. Her graduate education includes a graduate certificate in TESOL (1998) from California State University, Sacramento, an M.A. in education (2002) from Boise State University, and a Ph.D. in applied linguistics (2009) with a specialization in linguistic anthropology and discourse analysis from the University of California, Los Angeles. Professor Sánchez’s research agenda offers a critical dialogue between linguistic anthropology and sociocultural studies of immigration and transnationalism. Among other topics, she researches about North African immigrant children/youth in Spain, Latino immigrant children/youth in the U.S.; language socialization in immigrant communities, social exclusion; transnational identities; culture in educational contexts. Read more about the work of Professor García Sánchez on Anthropology’s website.
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Paul B. Garrett (College of Liberal Arts – Department of Anthropology)
Paul B. Garrett, the Department of Anthropology’s Director of Graduate Studies, is a linguistic anthropologist whose specializations include creole languages and cultures, particularly those of the Caribbean region; language socialization; ideologies of language; the sociocultural dynamics of language contact; and the political economy of language and communicative practice. Among his other interests are interspecies communication and the historical, political, and ideological dimensions of transgressive language. Professor Garrett earned a bachelor’s degree in Sociology (with a concentration in African Studies) at Yale University, and master’s and doctoral degrees in Anthropology at New York University. Read more about the work of Professor Garrett on Anthropology’s website.
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Jayasinhji Jhala (College of Liberal Arts – Department of Antropology)
Jayasinhji Jhala is the director of graduate and undergraduate tracks in the anthropology of visual communication, visual communication media lab and the director of Temple University Summer Program in India. Professor Jhala received a BA in English Literature in St. Stephens College, Delhi, India; a MVS for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a PhD in Harvard University. Professor Jhala’s publications address issues of art and anthropology, nomadism, religious worship, indigenous interpretations of local culture, ethnographic filmmaking and its reception, photography, Hindu marriage, Rajput ideology and politics and Vietnamese rituals. Professor Jhala’s research is concerned with the interpretation of culture on various audio, visual and audio-visual media. Read more about the work of Professor Jhala on Anthropology’s website.
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Dustin Kidd (College of Liberal Arts – Department of Sociology)
Dustin Kidd studies art and popular culture with a focus on issues of policy, regulation, and identity. His first book, Legislating Creativity (Routledge 2010) explored arts controversies related to government funding for the arts and the NEA. Professor Kidd’s new book, Pop Culture Freaks (Westview 2014) examines the influence of identity (race, class, gender, sexuality, disability, and nationality) on the labor force, content, and audience for the culture industries, focusing especially on film and television. Read more about the work of Professor Kidd on Sociology’s website.
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Andrew Mendelson (Chair, Temple University – Department of Journalism)
Andrew Mendelson is the Chair of Department of Journalism. He teaches classes in photojournalism and documentary photography, visual literacy, journalism and society and social science research methods. Professor Mendelson research interests focus on the role(s) that photographs play in society and photographs shape our understanding of ourselves and the world. Read more about the work of Professor Mendelson on the Journalism’s website.
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Miles Orvell (College of Liberal Arts/ Department of English)
Miles Orvell is Professor of English and American studies, with a broad interest in modern American culture. He has written essays about literature in relation to broader cultural issues and it´s relation with visual culture, literature, photography, documentary film and technology. Read more about the work of Professor Orvell on Liberal Arts’s website.
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Rickie Sanders (College of Liberal Arts – Department of Geography & Urban Studies)
Rickie Sanders is Professor of GUS, former Director of the Temple University Women’s Studies Program, and a member of the 2009 Provost’s Teaching Academy. She teaches Images of the City in Popular Culture as well as several courses in the GUS Gen Ed Undergraduate curriculum. She also recently taught Geographic Thought and Philosophy in the core curriculum for the Masters in Geography. Read more about the work of Professor Sanders on Department of Geography & Urban Studies’ website.
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Gerald Silk (Art History – Tyler School of Art)
Gerald Silk is Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art and has been Chair of the Art History Department since 2004. He holds an AB in History from Brandeis University and Ph.D. in Art History from the University of Virginia. He has published widely on modern and contemporary art and curated internationally. Areas of focus include: censorship; art and ethics; portraiture; Italian modernism; the Sixties; and technological iconography. Read more about the work of Professor Silk on Tyler School of Art’s website.
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Alan Singer (College of Liberal Arts – Department of English)
Alan Singer is Professor of English, teaching in the fields of literary aesthetics, critical theory, the history of criticism, art theory, the history of the novel and creative writing (fiction). Professor Singer’s intellectual interests as a literary theorist are reflected in his course offerings at the undergraduate and graduate levels: “Epochs of Literary Criticism,” “Contemporary Literary Criticism,” Literary Aesthetics,” “Value and Transgression in Literary Form,” “Interiority: The Literary Self After Enlightenment,” and “On Literary Modernity” (co-taught with Prof. Daniel O’Hara, English) and “On The Sublime.” Professor Singer is also a novelist and the Director of the Temple Seminars in Aesthetics and Cultural Studies held every summer at Temple’s Rome campus. Read more about the work of Professor Singer on Liberal Arts’s website.
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Damien Stankiewicz (College of Liberal Arts – Department of Anthropology)
Damien Stankiewicz’s research explores mass media, and producers of mass media, as means by which to better understand contemporary debates about, and re-imaginings of, national, trans-national, and cosmopolitan identities. He is interested in how media professionals working in globalizing contexts go about negotiating and representing various kinds of trans-border and trans-cultural identities and perspectives. He received his B.A. in International Studies from the University of Chicago, and his M.A., Certificate in Culture and Media, and Ph.D. from the Department of Anthropology at New York University. Read more about the work of Professor Stankiewicz on Anthropology’s website.
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Paul Swann (Center for the Arts – Department of Film and Media Arts)
Paul Swann has served for extended periods of time as director of the MFA program in Film and Media Arts. Professor Swann writes about visual culture from a critical and historical perspective. His research interests include the international culture trade, and media and the city. His most recent published work addresses the culture industries and the post-industrial city. Film and Media Arts courses taught by Professor Swann include Introduction to Film and Video Analysis, Media & Culture, History of Narrative Film, Critical History of Documentary Film, Film Theory and Aesthetics, Critical and Interpretive Methods, Communication Aesthetics, Film History, and Postmodern Criticism. Read more about the work of Professor Swann on FMA’s website.
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Rea Tajiri (Center for the Arts – Department of Film and Media Arts)
Rea Tajiri is a filmmaker and artist who earned her BFA and MFA degree from the California Institute of the Arts in post-studio art. Professor Tajiri served as Faculty Director for the Temple University Los Angeles Study Away Program. Film and Media Arts courses taught by Professor Tajiri are related to Documentary Production. Her documentaries include experimental and personal essay styles and explore the themes of memory, history and Asian American identity. Read more about the work of Professor Tajiri on FMA’s website.
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Ashley West (Tyler School of Art)
Ashley West teaches courses on Northern Renaissance and Northern Baroque art, with a particular expertise in the history of prints. She studies questions of cultural transmission and the dissemination of knowledge in the early modern period, as well as opportunities for artistic exchange through travel and portable objects, pilgrimages, diplomacy, warfare, global trade and exploration, and early collecting practices. Dr. West received her Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania and her M.A. from the Williams College Graduate Program in the History of Art. Read more about the work of Professor West on School of Art’s website.
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