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Angela Aguayo

Associate Professor - Cinema and Photography

Angela Aguayo

Ph.D. at University fo Texas, Austin, 2005
Email: ajaguayo@siu.edu 
Office: COMM 1121K

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Angela J. Aguayo is an Associate Professor of Cinema and Digital Culture at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. She is a media maker-scholar whose practice reflects an interdisciplinary focus on documentary production, media studies, rhetoric, critical and cultural studies. Her scholarship ...read full profile >>

Cade Bursell

Professor - Cinema and Photography

Cade Bursell

M.F.A., San Francisco State
University, 2002 
Email: cbursell@siu.edu
Office: Northwest Annex B212

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Cade Bursell’s creative work engages both experimental processes and a socially engaged media arts practice with a focus on human rights and environmental issues, and grounded in an understanding of the relationship between medium and meaning. Her interests include queer studies, ...read full profile >>

Jennida Chase

Assistant Professor - Cinema and Photography

Jennida Chase

BFA, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 1998

MFA, Virginia Commonwealth University, 2009

Email:  chasej@siu.edu

Office:  Comm. 1121F 

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Jennida Chase is a multi-media artist who primarily works with film, video and sound. Themes within her work deal with relational interaction played out in society at large. She regularly collaborates, exhibits and performs with S/N. Accessibility plays a key role in S/N’s work. In the ...read full profile >>

Jyotsna Kapur

Professor and Chair - Cinema and Photography

Jyotsna Kapur

Ph.D. (Radio TV Film), Northwestern University, 1998
M.P.S. (communication Arts) Cornell University, 1992
M.Phil (History), Delhi University, 1988
Email: jkapur@siu.edu
Office: COMM 1121G

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Jyotsna Kapur is a Professor of Cinema and Media Studies, who is also cross-appointed with Sociology.  Her research and teaching interests include:  Marxist-feminist theory of media arts and culture; The politics of labor, class, race, and sexuality in neoliberalism; ...read full profile >>

Michele Leigh

Assistant Professor - Cinema and Photography

Michele Leigh

Ph.D., University of Southern California,
2008
Email: mtorre@siu.edu
Office: COMM 1121L

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Dr. Leigh's research focuses on Pre-revolution Russian Cinema and women in the silent film industry. Her degree from USC is in Critical Studies from the School of Cinematic Arts, and her dissertation was entitled Dangerous Beauty: Representation and Reception of Women in the Films of Evgenii ...read full profile >>

Antonio Martinez

Associate Professor - Cinema and Photography

Antonio Martinez

M.F.A., East Carolina University, 2005
B.F.A., Creighton University, 2000
Email: antoniam@siu.edu
Office: COMM 1111

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Antonio Martinez is continuing his photographic and video art project centered around the local mixed martial arts culture of southern Illinois. Martinez has been photographing and training with local MMA athletes in hopes to understand why men and women between the ages of 18-45 participate in ...read full profile >>

Walter Metz

Professor - Cinema and Photography

Walter Metz

Ph.D. at University of Texas, Austin, 1996
Email: wmetz@siu.edu
Office: COMM 1107
Phone: (618) 453-5087

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Walter Metz is a Professor of Film Studies who teaches film, television, theatre, and photography history, theory and criticism.  As a researcher, Walter is interested in the relationship between popular media forms, such as the television sitcom and the Hollywood blockbuster film, and high, ...read full profile >>

Daniel Overturf

Professor - Cinema and Photography

Daniel Overturf

M.F.A at Southern Illinois University
of Carbondale, 1983
Email: dvo0201@siu.edu
Office: COMM 0004

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A Cinema and Photography faculty member since 1990, Overturf specializes in a wide range of photographic topics including documentary, commercial, Sensitometry, and studio fiction. Recent Cinema and Photography courses have included analog, small town documentary, applied and narrative ...read full profile >>

R. William Rowley

Associate Professor - Cinema and Photography

R. William Rowley

M.F.A., University of Iowa, 1974
Email: rwrowley@siu.edu
Office: NW Annex B216

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Associate Professor R. William Rowley has a background in experimental filmmaking & observational documentary.  He is currently pursuing a long-term ongoing project under the working title Time & Narrative in the Discourse of Landscape Imagery. In April 2009, he received a Faculty ...read full profile >>

Alison Smith

Visiting Assistant Professor - Cinema and Photography

Alison Smith

M.F.A. Studio Art - Photography with
Distinction, University of Georgia,
Athens 2010
B.F.A. Studio Art - Photography,
minor: Women's Studies, Miami University,
2006
Email: smithaa4@siu.edu
Office: COMM 1108

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Alison’s photographic interests lie in the built environment—particularly the suburban landscape.  Her work explores how Americans use, live in and sell homes and is informed by research in environmental psychology, suburban sprawl, consumerism, and “The ...read full profile >>

Robert Spahr

Associate Professor - Cinema and Photography

Robert Spahr

M.F.A., Parsons School of Design,
New York City -1991
Email: rspahr@siu.edu
Office: COMM 1121E

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Robert Spahr is a visual artist and educator who produces computational art using generative processes and genetic algorithms; digital and analog images; objects; live art and time-based media.   With an interest in how the media affects our view of the world, his work explores the ever ...read full profile >>

Hong Zhou

Associate Professor - Cinema and Photography

Hong Zhou

M.F.A. at York University,
Toronto Canada, 2000
Email: hzhou@siu.edu
Office: COMM 1121H

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Hong is interested in fictional narrative filmmaking. His recent work includes "Night Train", a story about two strangers' encounters in a subway, "She Wears Yellow", a study of fictional characters, and "Sarah and Liz", a story about two sisters' adventures into ...read full profile >>