Kapur | College of Mass Communications and Media Arts | SIU

Southern Illinois University



Jyotsna Kapur Ph.D.

Professor and Chair, Cinema and Photography

photo of J. Kapur

Ph.D. at Northwestern University, 1998
M.P.S. at Cornell University, 1992
M.Phil at Delhi University, 1988
Email: jkapur@siu.edu
Office: COMM 1121E


Research and teaching interests include: History and theory of the documentary idea especially its redefinations in contemporary practices and digital culture; Third Cinema; Ethnographic film; The German and Japanese New Wave; Global children's media culture; Marxist-feminist theory and neoliberalism; Issues of labor, class, race, and sexuality; Critical-cultural theory; and contemporary Indian media culture.


  • CP 360 - Introduction to Film Analysis and History
  • CP 101 - Introduction to Film History and Analysis 
  • CP 470 - The Image of Childhood
  • CP 461 - History of Documentary Film, Part 1
  • MCMA 551 - Media Arts Theory Grad Seminar 


Feminist and Marxist analysis of media, globalization, children's film and consumer culture, documentary and ethnographic film, the German and Japanese new wave and Indian cinema.