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Core Faculty

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Jennifer Fay

Chair, Cinema & Media Arts
Professor, Cinema & Media Arts and English
Graduate Faculty, German Studies
Coordinator, Film Theory and Visual Culture Seminar

Office: Buttrick 003B


  • Transatlantic Film and Media Theory
  • Media Aesthetics and Politics
  • Environmental Humanities
  • Comparative Film Histories

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Jonathan Waters

Associate Chair, Cinema & Media Arts
Curator, iLens
Senior Lecturer, Cinema & Media Arts

Office: Buttrick 003E


  • Production
  • Film
  • Cinematography
  • Directing
  • Screenwriting

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Alejandro Acierto

Andrew W. Mellon Assistant Professor of Digital Art and New Media

Office: Ingram Studio Arts Building Room 212


  • Electronic Visualization
  • Digital Art
  • Contemporary Music
  • Sound Art
  • Installation Art

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Mickey Casad

Senior Lecturer, Cinema & Media Arts
Coordinator, Vanderbilt Center for Digital Humanities

Office: Digital Humanities Center


  • Digital Humanities
  • Race, Gender, and Technology
  • Digital Archives
  • Cultural Memory
  • Posthumanism

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Jay Clayton

William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor, English and Cinema & Media Arts
Director, Curb Center for Art, Enterprise, and Public Policy

Office: Curb Center


  • Game Studies
  • Video Gaming
  • Transmedia
  • Remediation
  • Communication of Science

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Iggy Cortez

Mellon Assistant Professor, Cinema & Media Arts

Office: Buttrick 003C


  • World Art Cinema
  • Digital Media Ecologies
  • Queer Theory
  • Comparative Critical Race Studies
  • American Independent Film

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Krista Knight

Writer in Residence, Cinema & Media Arts and Theatre

Office: Neely 206


  • Playwriting
  • Screenwriting
  • Stage and Screen
  • Storytelling
  • Media for Young Audiences

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Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor, German and Cinema & Media Arts
Department Chair, GREES

Office: Furman 121A


  • Media Art
  • Art Cinema
  • Sound and Video Installation Art
  • Aesthetic Theory
  • Media Theory
  • German Film History

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Jim McFarland

Associate Professor, German and Cinema & Media Arts
Director of Undergraduate Studies, GREES

Office: Furman 119


  • Idealist Philosophy
  • Nietzsche
  • Critical Theory
  • Film
  • Modernism

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Andrea Mirabile

Associate Professor, Italian and Cinema & Media Arts

Office: Furman 224


  • Italian Cinema
  • French Cinema
  • Visual Theory
  • Word and Image
  • Ekphrasis

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Jonathan Rattner

Associate Professor, Cinema & Media Arts and Art

Office: Buttrick 003D


  • Documentaries
  • 16mm
  • Art Cinema
  • Cinematography
  • Experimental Filmmaking

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Helen Shin

Assistant Professor, English and Cinema & Media Arts

Office: 412 Benson Science Hall


  • Posthuman
  • Digital Media
  • Science Fiction
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Asian Studies
  • Asian American Studies

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Claire Sisco King

Associate Professor, Communication Studies and Cinema & Media Arts
Director of Undergraduate Studies, Communication Studies

Office: 220L Edgehill


  • Critical Cultural Studies
  • Rhetoric
  • Intersectional Feminism
  • Celebrity
  • Trauma