Catherine Benamou

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Associate Professor of Film and Media Studies

Interests: Hispanophone and Lusophone Cinema and Television, U.S. Latinx Media, Orson Welles and Maverick Cinema, Transnational Practices, Spectatorship, Cinematic Memory and Cultures of Preservation

Published Books:

It's All True: Orson Welles's Pan-American Odyssey (University of California Press, 2007)

cbenamou@uci.edu

Desha Dauchan

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Associate Professor of Teaching

Interests: Media and Activism, African-American Film, African Diaspora Cinema, Screenwriting & Film Production

ddauchan@uci.edu

Sohail Daulatzai

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Professor of Film and Media Studies

Interests: African American studies, Postcolonial Theory, Race, Hip Hop, Muslim Diasporas

Published Books:

Born to Use Mics: Reading Nas's Illmatic (Civitas Books, 2009)

Black Star, Crescent Moon: The Muslim International and Black Freedom beyond America (University of Minnesota Press, 2012)

sdaulatz@uci.edu

Arcelia Gutierrez

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Assistant Professor of Film and Media Studies

Interests: Latinx Media Studies, Media Activism, Media Policy, Industry Studies

arceliag@uci.edu

Bambi Haggins

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Associate Professor of Film and Media Studies

Interests: Black African-American Comedy in Film, Television History, Digital Media and Performance, Comedy as Social and Political Discourse, African-American Studies, American Studies

Published Books:

Laughing Mad (Rutgers University Press, 2007)

U.S. Television and Cultural Studies (Pearson Learning Solutions, 2009)

bhaggins@uci.edu

Kristen Hatch

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Associate Professor of Film and Media Studies

Interests: Classical Hollywood, American Film History, Histories of Race, Gender and Sexuality, Stardom, Childhood and Girlhood Studies

Published Books:

Shirley Temple and the Performance of Girlhood (Rutgers University Press, 2015)

khatch@uci.edu

Lucas Hilderbrand

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Director of Undergraduate Studies for FMS
Professor of Film and Media Studies

Interests: Queer Cultures and Media, Pornography, Cultural Studies, Documentary, Media Infrastructures, Popular Music, Histories of Technology

Published Books:

Inherent Vice: Bootleg Histories of Videotape and Copyright (Duke University Press Books, 2009) 

Paris Is Burning: A Queer Film Classic (Arsenal Pulp Press, 2013)

lucas.h@uci.edu

Victoria E. Johnson

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Professor of Film and Media Studies

Interests: Television, Critical Race Theory, Sound, Media Policy, Sports Media

Published Books:

Heartland TV: Prime Time Television and the Struggle for U.S. Identity (NYU Press, 2008)

Sports TV (Routledge, 2021)

v.e.johnson@uci.edu

Meryem Kamil

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Assistant Professor of Film and Media Studies

Interests: New Media Studies, Postcolonial Studies, Palestine/Palestinian Social Movements, Ethnic Studies, American Studies

Published Books:

Technoprecarious (Goldsmiths Press, 2020)

mkamil@uci.edu

Peter Krapp

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Professor of Film and Media Studies; English; Informatics; Music

Interests: Secret Communications and Cybernetics (Cryptologic History), Cultural Memory and Media History (Games and Simulations, History of Computing), Aesthetic Communication (Title Design, Film Music)

Published Books:

Medium Cool (Duke University Press Books, 2002)

Deja Vu: Aberrations of Cultural Memory (University of Minnesota Press, 2004)

Paper Machines: About Cards & Catalogs, 1548-1929 (The MIT Press, 2011)

Noise Channels: Glitch and Error in Digital Culture (Electronic Mediations) (University of Minnesota Press, 2011)

Sprache - Kultur - Kommunikation/ Language - Culture - Communication (De Gruyter Mouton, 2016)

krapp@uci.edu

Keiji Kunigami

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Assistant Professor of Film and Media Studies

Interests: Brazilian Cinema, Japanese Cinema, Critical Race Theory, Film and Media Theory, Critical Theory, Silent Cinema, Decoloniality, Cinematic Embodiment, Asian-Latin American Studies

akunigam@uci.edu

Bliss Cua Lim

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Professor of Film and Media Studies; Visual Studies

Interests: Philippine Cinema, Film Archives, Cinematic and Queer Temporality, Queer Asian Cinemas, Postcolonial and Feminist Film Theory, Transnational Horror and the Fantastic

Published Books:

Translating Time (Duke University Press Books, 2009)

bliss.lim@uci.edu

Catherine Liu

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Professor of Film and Media Studies and Comparative Literature

Interests: Historical Materialism, New Taiwan Cinema, Hou Hsiao-hsien, Edward Yang, Sinophone Cinema, Political Economy of Film and Media Studies,  Genre Film, Class and Contradiction, History and Theory of Trauma Studies and Trauma Media

Published Books:

Copying Machines: Taking Notes for the Automaton (University of Minnesota Press, 2000)

The Dreams of Interpretation: A Century down the Royal Road (University of Minnesota Press, 2007)

American Idyll: Academic Antielitism as Cultural Critique (University of Iowa Press, 2011)

Oriental Girls Desire Romance (Kaya Press, 2012)

Virtue Hoarders: The Case against the Professional Managerial Class (University of Minnesota Press, 2020)

catherine.liu@uci.edu

Glen Mimura

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Associate Professor of Film and Media Studies

Interests: Third Cinema; Asian American Film and Media; Native American and Indigenous Film and Media; the Western and Martial Arts Genres; Animals and Representation

Published Books:

Ghostlife of Third Cinema (University of Minnesota Press, 2009)

gmimura@uci.edu

Philana Payton

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Assistant Professor of Film and Media Studies

Interests: Black Film and Television History, Black Popular Culture, Performance Studies, Classical Hollywood, Stardom, Women and Gender Studies, Black Studies, Queer Studies

paytonp@uci.edu

Allison Perlman

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Associate Professor of Film and Media Studies and History

Interests: TV Studies, Media Policy and Law, Media Activism, Popular Memory, Public Media, Media History

Published Books:

Public Interests: Media Advocacy and Struggles over U.S. Television (Rutgers University Press, 2016)

aperlman@uci.edu

Fatimah Tobing Rony

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Department Chair and Professor of Film and Media Studies

Interests: Narrative, Experimental, and Documentary Film Production, Visual Biopolitics, History and Theory of Ethnographic Film, Transnational Cinema, Postcolonial Studies, Feminist Film Theory, Visual Studies, Animation

Published Books:

The Third Eye: Race, Cinema, and Ethnographic Spectacle (Duke University Press Books, 1996)

How Do We Look?  Resisting Visual Biopolitics (Duke University Press, 2022)

fatimah@uci.edu

Bonnie Ruberg

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Associate Professor of Film and Media Studies

Interests: Digital Media, Game Studies, Technology, Queer Studies, LGBTQ Studies, Gender Studies, Video Games, Feminism, Digital Humanities

Published Books: 

Queer Game Studies (University of Minnesota Press, 2017)

Video Games Have Always Been Queer (NYU Press, 2019)

The Queer Games Avant-Garde (Duke University Press Books, 2020)

Sex Dolls at Sea: Imagined Histories of Sexual Technologies (MIT Press, 2022)

bruberg@uci.edu

Braxton Soderman

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Associate Professor of Film and Media Studies

Interests: Game Studies, Game History, Digital Media Studies, New Media Aesthetics

Published Books:

Against Flow: Video Games and the Flowing Subject (The MIT Press, 2021)

asoderma@uci.edu