Film & Digital Media PhD: call for applications

Film & Digital Media PhD: call for applications

University of California, Santa Cruz

Photo: Elena Zhukova.
October 1, 2014
Film & Digital Media PhD: call for applications

Application period: October 1–December 15, 2014

Department of Film & Digital Media
UC Santa Cruz
1156 High Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95064

The University of California, Santa Cruz welcomes applications for the 2015 admissions cycle for the Film & Digital Media PhD.

The program engages students through critical practice and focuses on a diverse range of cultural production, including cinema, television, video art, and Internet-based media. Program participants investigate the historical, aesthetic, political, ideological, and technological aspects of these media forms across a range of international contexts. Students are prepared for intellectually informed creative practice as well as theoretical and critical production in a range of environments, not limited to traditional academic contexts.

The flexibility of the program allows students to work closely with their advisors to craft a personalized course of study that advances their intellectual and professional goals.

Online applications are open October 1 through December 15. For more information on admission, please click here.

Graduate Program Coordinator, [email protected]


Core faculty
Lawrence Andrews
Education: BFA, San Francisco Art Institute
Research interests: Film and video production, installation and media art

Sharon Daniel
Education: MFA, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Research interests: Participatory culture, technology and social inclusion, public art

Irene Gustafson
Education: MFA, Northwestern University
Research interests: Production across boundaries between “theory” and “practice;” nonfiction, gender and queer studies, production design

Eli Hollander (Emeritus)
Education: MFA, University of California, Los Angeles
Research interests: Directing, editing, cinematography, videography, digital image generation and screenwriting

Jennifer Horne
Education: PhD, University of Minnesota
Research interests: History of film criticism, popular and academic; history of film culture (film societies and cinematheques); women and cinema; experimental film and video; theories of citizenship and globalization

Jonathan Kahana
Education: PhD, Rutgers University
Research interests: Documentary film and media; film and politics; essay film; American film history; cultural and social theory; media publics; audio culture and sound art; disciplines of listening

L.S. Kim
Education: PhD, University of California, Los Angeles
Research interests: Television history and theory, racial discourse, feminist criticism, Asian-American media production, industrial practices and social change in mainstream Hollywood and alternative media

John Leaños
Education: MFA, San Francisco State University
Research interests: Social documentation, documentary animation, Chicana/o studies and popular culture, digital media theory and practice, community art and social practice

Peter Limbrick
Education: PhD, La Trobe University, Australia
Research interests: Post-colonial and transnational cinemas, race, gender, sexuality, queer theory

Irene Lusztig
Education: MFA, Bard College
Research interests: Film and video production, experimental documentary, ethnographic film, autobiographical film, editing

Soraya Murray
Education: PhD, Cornell University
Research interests: New media art, theory, and criticism; visual culture; theories of technology and globalization; media representations of technological and scientific advancement; representations of otherness, migration, citizenship

Rick Prelinger
Research interests: Critical archival studies; personal and institutional record-keeping; access to the cultural record; media and social change; ephemeral cinema; amateur and home movies; participatory documentary; cinema and public history

B. Ruby Rich
Research interests: Documentary film and video, post-9/11 culture, new queer cinema, feminist film history, Latin American and Latino/a cinema, US independent film and video, politics of film festival proliferation, marketing of foreign films in the US

Susana Ruiz
Research interests: Game design; games as forms of activism and art; animation; participatory culture; nonfiction storytelling; theory/practice hybridity; Theatre of the Oppressed; expanded documentary; world-building; trans-media production, scholarship and activism

Warren Sack
Education: PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Research interests: Online public space and public discussion, social computing, software studies, software design, software art

Shelley Stamp
Education: PhD, New York University
Research interests: Silent cinema, female filmmakers, film censorship, histories of movie-going, early Hollywood

Jennifer Maytorena Taylor
Research interests: Documentary film and video focusing on youth, Latino and Latin American communities, juvenile justice urban affairs, social change; trans-media and multi-platform work; journalism

Gustavo Vazquez
Education: MA, San Francisco State University
Research interests: Film and video production; directing drama, documentary and experimental; cross-cultural experiences in film; film festival curation

Yiman Wang
Education: PhD, Duke University
Research interests: Transnational/trans-regional Chinese cinemas, Intra-Asian and cross-Pacific film remakes, Pan-East Asian celebrity culture, East Asian cultural studies, Asian American cinema


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