Angela Aguayo | Cinema and Photography | SIU

Southern Illinois University



College of Mass Communication and Media Arts

Angela Aguayo PH.D.

Associate Professor - Cinema and Photography

Angela Aguayo

Ph.D. at University fo Texas, Austin, 2005
Office: COMM 1121K


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 investigates the possibilities for documentary to engage the process of social change, with the specific attention to the new technologies used in conjunction with the genre to mobilize participatory media publics. She is the author of scholarly essays in such journals as Visual Communication Quarterly and Journal of Documentary Studies. She is currently writing her second book, Documentary and Social Change: An Investigation of Participatory Media Culture(s). She is also an award winning writer, director and producer of four documentary shorts utilized in community engagement campaigns and screened at various festivals around the world. She is currently working on her first feature length documentary, The Ritual.


  • Documentary Production                       
  • Documentary and Social Change
  • Contemporary Documentary Studies
  • Communication for Social Change
  • Digital Storytelling
  • Introduction to Sound and Image Production
  • Understanding Visual Media
  • Festival and Art Distribution

Recent Screenings

NewFilmmakers New York 2013 (New York City) international film festival, juried, screening at Anthology Film Archive

Boston Latino International Film Festival 2012, international film festival, juried competition screening held at Harvard University, Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies

San Diego Black Film Festival 2013, international film festival, juried competition

CologneOFF -Cologne International Videoart Festival 2013 (Lithuania) in the context of "A Virtual Memorial Vilnius 2013" @ JCIC Vilnius & Kedainiai Regional Museum, 23 September - 29 October 2013, international film festival, juried

Oakland Underground Film Festival 2012 (Oakland, CA), international film festival, juried

University of California, Berkeley, Black Staff and Faculty Organization Film Series 2013 (Berkeley, CA), invited screening for Black History Month on February 14, 2013

Chicago International Social Change Film Festival 2012, international film festival, juried

Phenom Film Festival 2013 (Shreveport, LA), national film festival, juried competition, nominated for best documentary short

Recent Publications

Aguayo, Angela J. (2013) “(Re)capturing Womanhood: Perspectives and

Portraits Through Mobile Photography in Visual Communication Quarterly, 20.3.

Aguayo, Angela J. (2014) “Paradise Lost and Found: Popular Documentary,

Collective Identity and Participatory Media Culture” in Studies in Documentary Film, 8.1