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Michael Cowan
Michael Cowan

Michael Cowan

Title/Position
Department Chair
Professor
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Michael Cowan is a film and media historian, as well as a Germanist, who joined the Department of Cinematic Arts following previous appointments at McGill University and the University of St. Andrews. He is best known as a scholar of Weimar cinema, but has additional interests in European cinema, media history, visual culture, sensory studies and the avant-garde.
Jacquie Albrecht
Jacquie Albrecht

Jacquie Albrecht

Title/Position
Departmental Administrator
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Juho Ahava

Juho Ahava

Title/Position
Graduate Student
Rick Altman

Rick Altman, Ph.D.

Title/Position
Emeritus Professor
Rick Altman teaches courses on film sound, film genres, and narrative theory. In recent years he has taught courses on silent film sound and exhibition, Hollywood's conversion to sound, genre theory, the musical, the films of Rouben Mamoulian, and narrative theory.
Paula Amad
Paula Amad

Paula Amad, Ph.D.

Title/Position
Associate Professor
Director of Graduate Studies
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Paula Amad is an Associate Professor of Film Studies and Chair of the Department of Cinematic Arts (Jan 2016-July 2018; August 2019-December 2020).  She teaches and researches at the intersection of film history and film theory, with specialization in French cinema, nonfiction film, archive and memory studies, feminist film history, postcolonial theory and visual studies, and the relationship between photography and film.
Alessandra Bautze
Alessandra Bautze

Alessandra Bautze, M.F.A.

Title/Position
Visiting Assistant Professor
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Alessandra Bautze holds an M.F.A. in Screenwriting from The University of Texas at Austin and a B.A. in The Writing Seminars and Film & Media Studies from Johns Hopkins University.
Benjamin Coldwell

Benjamin Coldwell

Title/Position
Graduate Student
Trevon Coleman
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Trevon Coleman

Title/Position
Graduate Student
Trevon Jakaar Coleman is a caricaturist, illustrator, painter, printmaker, and filmmaker. Completing his undergraduate at UCF, in Florida, Trevon earned a B.F.A. in Studio Art and a B.F.A. in Film Production.
Cady Conaway

Cady Conaway

Title/Position
Graduate Student
Corey Creekmur
Corey Creekmur

Corey Creekmur, Ph.D.

Title/Position
Associate Professor
Head of Film Studies
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Corey K. Creekmur is jointly appointed in Cinematic Arts and English and is affiliated with the Department of Gender, Women’s and Sexuality Studies.  He is also affiliated with the South Asian Studies Program and directs the Institute for Cinema and Culture. His teaching and research focus on international popular cinema (especially American and South Asian), cross-cultural film genres, and the way in which such films interact with other media (such as music) as well as popular discourses of race, gender, and sexuality.
Alex Denison
Alex Denison

Alex Denison

Title/Position
Graduate Student
Alex Denison is a Ph.D. candidate in Film Studies. He received his dual master’s in Cinema & Languages from Virginia Commonwealth University and the University of Messina in Italy. This included 8 months of study in Sicily and 6 months in southern Spain. He received his bachelor’s degrees in Cinema and English from Virginia Commonwealth University.
Ben Dulavitch

Ben Dulavitch

Title/Position
Graduate Student
Andrea Ferguson

Andrea Ferguson

Title/Position
Administrative Services Coordinator (Graduate Programs & Faculty Reviews)
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Anahita Ghazvinizadeh
Anahita Ghazvinizadeh

Anahita Ghazvinizadeh, M.F.A.

Title/Position
Assistant Professor
Head of Screenwriting
Head of Film & Video Production
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Anahita was selected as one of the 25 New Faces of Independent filmmaking in 2013 by the Filmmaker Magazine, and was in the list of 20 rising female filmmakers by IndieWire in 2017. She was a writing fellow at the Sundance Screenwriters’ Lab in January 2013, artist-in-residence at Museum of Fine Art Houston's Core Program 2013-2015, and has been mentored by filmmakers such as Jane Campion and Abbas Kiarostami. Doha Film Institute Grant, Tribeca Film Institute's IWC Filmmakers' Award, Sarah Jacobson Annual Film Grant, Sundance Institute/ Doris Duke Foundation Grant for Islamic Arts and George C. Lin Emerging Filmmaker Prize are among her professional accomplishments.
Christopher Goetz
Christopher Goetz

Christopher Goetz, Ph.D.

Title/Position
Assistant Professor,
Director of Undergraduate Studies,
Officer of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Christopher Goetz is a film, digital media, and videogame scholar whose research focuses on fantasy and play across a range of platforms, from cinema to interactive digital media.
Christopher Harris
Christopher Harris

Christopher Harris, M.F.A.

Title/Position
F. Wendell Miller Associate Professor
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Christopher Harris is a filmmaker whose films and video installations read African American historiography through the poetics and aesthetics of experimental cinema.  His work employs manually and photo-chemically altered appropriated moving images, staged re-enactments of archival artifacts and interrogations of documentary conventions. His current project is a series of optically-printed 16mm experimental films in conversation with canonical works of African-American literature.
Mike Hendrickson

Mike Hendrickson

Title/Position
Computer Consultant
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Matthew Hipps

Matthew Hipps

Title/Position
Graduate Student
Matthew Hipps is a Ph.D. student in the Film Studies program. He received his M.A. in Film Studies from Columbia University, and his B.S. in Communication with majors in Motion Pictures and Political Science from the University of Miami. His research interests include early film history, widescreen and expanded cinema, immersive multiscreen projection and exhibition, the convergence of film and themed storytelling/design, and interactive media.
Thomas Jackson

Thomas Jackson

Title/Position
Graduate Student
David Kime

David Kime

Title/Position
Graduate Student
Nellie Kluz
Nellie Kluz

Nellie Kluz, M.F.A.

Title/Position
Lecturer
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Nellie Kluz is a filmmaker who records and interprets various places and communities, focusing on social interactions, belief systems and material realities. She has been the recipient of the Princess Grace Film Award and a Rooftop Films Short Film Grant. She was also named one of Filmmaker Magazine's "25 Faces of Independent Film" for 2017.
Ruedi Kuenzli
Ruedi Kuenzli

Ruedi Kuenzli, Ph.D.

Title/Position
Emeritus Professor
Ruedi Kuenzli taught courses at the University of Iowa in contemporary theories, literatures and cultures of the 19th and 20th centuries, interarts, and the avant-garde. He has published books on Marcel Duchamp, Dada and Surrealist Film, André Breton, Surrealism and Women, and New York Dada. He served as the editor of Dada/Surrealism and the Director of the International Dada Archive at the University of Iowa.
Jonathan Lack

Jonathan Lack

Title/Position
Graduate Student
Rachel Lazar

Rachel Lazar

Title/Position
Graduate Student
Auden Lincoln-Vogel
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Auden Lincoln-Vogel

Title/Position
Graduate Student
Auden Lincoln-Vogel is an animator who also works also in narrative live action and expanded cinema forms. His interests include Eastern European literature and animation, comedy, outer space, experimental music, and readymades.
Franklin Miller

Franklin Miller, M.F.A.

Title/Position
Emeritus Professor
Franklin Miller has been making films, videos, and television programs with over 100 major credits since 1961. His early experience was in documentary and narrative forms, including writing and producing a theatrical feature film. Since 1970, he has been working in shorter, more experimental forms that combine and layer live-action footage into collages that fall somewhere between photography and painting. He has also explored techniques in 3D modeling and animation.
Hope Miller

Hope Miller

Title/Position
Administrative Services Coordinator (Faculty Search & Event Coordinator)
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Sarah Moeller
Sarah Moeller

Sarah Moeller

Title/Position
Administrative Services Coordinator (Curriculum)
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Julia Anna Morrison
Julia Anna Morrison

Julia Anna Morrison, M.F.A.

Title/Position
Lecturer
Phone
Julia Anna Morrison is a poet and screenwriter from Alpharetta, Georgia.  She has an M.F.A. from the Iowa Writers' Workshop and a B.A. in English from the University of Georgia.  She is a 2014 Nightboat Books Poetry Prize finalist, a recipient of the Friedman Fellowship from the University of Iowa and a 2014 Yaddo Residency Fellow.  
Juana New

Juana New

Title/Position
Graduate Student
Andrew Owens
Andrew Owens

Andrew Owens, Ph.D.

Title/Position
Lecturer
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Andrew Owens’ teaching and research interests include media historiography, LGBTQ+/critical race theory, genre studies, and media industry studies. His first book, Desire After Dark: Contemporary Queer Cultures and Occultly Marvelous Media (Indiana University Press, 2021), constructs a cultural and industrial history of queer occult media from the 1960s to the present.
Leighton Pierce

Leighton Pierce, M.F.A.

Title/Position
Emeritus Professor
Leighton Pierce uses video and sound to create experiences in transformative time. He creates multi-channel site-specific installations as well as single channel works that have been exhibited in major art museums and film festivals throughout the world including the 2016-17 Kochi Muziris Biennale, The Whitney Bienniale, and many festivals including Sundance, San Francisco, New York, Tribeca, Ann Arbor, and Rotterdam.
Nathan Platte

Nathan Platte

Title/Position
Associate Professor
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Nathan Platte teaches courses on film music and other 20th- and 21st-century topics for the School of Music. His research explores film music and sound of Hollywood’s studio era from a variety of angles, including the collaborative process of film scoring, the intersection of technology and music, the role of studio orchestras, and soundtrack albums.
Lauren Rabinovitz

Lauren Rabinovitz, Ph.D.

Title/Position
Professor
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Lauren Rabinovitz's current research and teaching interests include early cinema and culture, feminist film history and theory, and theories and history of visual spectacles. Her books include a social history of women, For the Love of Pleasure: Women, Movies, and Culture in Turn-of-the-Century Chicago and a critical study of feminist filmmakers, Points of Resistance: Women, Power, and Politics in the New York Avant-Garde Cinema, 1943-1971.
Molly Rechkemmer
Molly Rechkemmer

Molly Rechkemmer

Title/Position
Cinematic Arts Educational Advisor
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Jenny Ritchie

Jenny Ritchie

Title/Position
University Shared Services Representative
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Lisa Schlesinger

Lisa Schlesinger, M.F.A.

Title/Position
Associate Professor
Co-Head of Playwrights Workshop
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Lisa Schlesinger's plays include Celestial Bodies, Wal-martyrs, Same Egg, Manny and Chicken, Rock Ends Ahead, The Bones of Danny Winston, and Twenty-One Positions (with Naomi Wallace and Abdel AbuSrour). She is currently writing the libretto, Harmonicus Mundi, the second piece in the Celestial Bodies Trilogy and In the Wake of the Graybow Riots, for her Slow Theatre Project. 
Rosemarie Scullion

Rosemarie Scullion, Ph.D.

Title/Position
Associate Professor
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Rosemarie Scullion’s research and teaching focus on twentieth-century French literary and cultural studies, French women writers and feminist/gender theory, contemporary European literary theory, French cinema and modern French history and historiography. She offers a wide range of interdisciplinary courses that bring literary, cinematic and cultural texts into critical dialogue.
Daniel Singleton
Dan Singleton

Daniel Singleton, Ph.D.

Title/Position
Visiting Assistant Professor
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Daniel Singleton’s teaching and research interests include media convergence, fan/audience studies, screen theory, and adaptation. His in-progress book manuscript, Projecting Fandom: Authorship, Fandom, and Media Convergence in Contemporary Hollywood Cinema, reframes high-concept homages like J.J. Abrams’ The Force Awakens and Tim Burton’s Ed Wood as part of an industrial strategy for consolidating fan audiences.
Amos Stailey-Young

Amos Stailey-Young

Title/Position
Graduate Student
Garrett Stewart

Garrett Stewart, Ph.D.

Title/Position
James O. Freedman Professor of Letters
Garrett Stewart has taught fiction, film, and textual theory at the University of Iowa since 1993. Pursuing always a methodology of close-grained verbal or visual analysis—in books on language in Dickens (1974), the death scene in British fiction (1984), the phonetic undertow of literary writing from Shakespeare to Woolf (1990), and the “Dear Reader” address of Victorian novels (1996)—Stewart was led by that last topic to a subsequent study of the scene of reading in painting, from saints with books in illuminated manuscripts through Rembrandt to Picasso and Francis Bacon.
Anu Thapa

Anu Thapa

Title/Position
Graduate Student
Anu Thapa is a Ph.D. student in Film Studies. She received her M.A. in Film Studies from Iowa in 2015, and her B.A. in Psychology from Randolph College in 2010. Her major research interests are postcolonial theory, transnational studies, South Asia, and the intersections of digital apparatus and national cinema.
Steven Ungar
Steven Ungar

Steven Ungar, Ph.D.

Title/Position
Professor Emeritus
Steven Ungar taught Cinema, French Studies, and Comparative Literature at The University of Iowa from 1976 to 2020. His book-length publications include Roland Barthes: The Professor of Desire (1983), Scandal and Aftereffect: Blanchot and France Since 1930 (1995), Popular Front Paris and the Poetics of Culture (2005, with Dudley Andrew), and Cléo de 5 à 7 (2008).
Julianna Villarosa

Julianna Villarosa

Title/Position
Graduate Student
Julianna Villarosa is an environmental filmmaker and activist. Select features and screenings include Vimeo Staff Picks, Hong Kong Arts Centre, The Atlantic, Athens International Film + Video Festival, Discovery Channel, the National Park Service, and more. She is a 2019 Tallgrass Artist-in-Residence, Digital Scholarship & Publishing Studio Fellow, and Student Academy Awards semi-finalist.
Joel Wanek
Joel Wanek

Joel Wanek, M.F.A.

Title/Position
Visiting Assistant Professor
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Joel Wanek is a film and audio artist working in the realms of creative non-fiction. Over the years, he has developed a practice that explores collaboration, the shared language of documentary and fiction filmmaking, and working in the public spaces of cities.
Allison Wanger

Allison Wanger

Title/Position
Academic Advisor
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Stephen Wardell
man on beach with lighthouse

Stephen Wardell

Title/Position
Graduate Student
Stephen Wardell is a queer filmmaker from Michigan. He makes portrait documentaries, essay films, and hybrid narratives. He's interested in reenactment, musicals, ghosts, aliens, cows, telepathy, childhood, affective labor, and failure.
Chris Wei
Chris Wei

Chris Wei, M.F.A.

Title/Position
Graduate Student
Chris Wei double-majored in Psychology and Philosophy during his undergraduate studies, then worked in the mental health industry for several years before returning to school and earning an M.F.A. in Film Studies at Boston University. As an educator, cinephile, and film scholar, he is most interested in the intersections between time, death, bodies, and storytelling—and in the personal, political, and spiritual ramifications of those intersections.
David Wittenberg

David Wittenberg, Ph.D.

Title/Position
Associate Professor
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David Wittenberg teaches in the English Department and the Department of Cinema and Comparative Literature. He is the author of Time Travel: The Popular Philosophy of Narrative (Fordham University Press, 2013) and Philosophy, Revision, Critique: Rereading Practices in Heidegger, Nietzsche, and Emerson (Stanford University Press, 2001).
Hao Zhou
Hao Zhou

Hao Zhou

Title/Position
Graduate Student
Hao Zhou is an independent filmmaker and photographer from Nanchuan District in Chongqing, China. Across mediums, Hao focuses on narratives with experimental, playful tendencies. His most notable filmmaking experiences include making two feature films (The Night, 2014; Jìnbì, 2021), writing for Douban.com, and participating in programs such as Cannes’ Résidence, Xining FIRST, and Talents Tokyo.