MemberVicki Mayer

I am a professor of communication and media with a special focus on media and cultural production: personal, industrial, as well as geographies and political economies of production. Methodologically, I tend to use a combination of ethnography, participant observation, action research, textual and archival research, GIS mapping, and design thinking to answer research questions about how and why different kinds of folks value media production in relation to social forces in their geographic and political-economic milieus.

MemberJoel Neville Anderson

Joel Neville Anderson is Visiting Assistant Professor of Cinema Studies and Film at Purchase College, State University of New York. He earned a PhD in Visual and Cultural Studies at the University of Rochester, and is expanding his dissertation on the aesthetic and political dimensions of self-documentary works produced in community media spaces into a book manuscript. Research and teaching encompass cinema and media studies, with specialties in experimental film and video, film festival studies, and Japanese cinema, with a critical focus on works exploring the mediation of self and environment in the neoliberal era. Anderson’s writing appears in publications such as Studies in Documentary Film, Millennium Film Journal, International Feminist Journal of Politics, Afterimage, Hyperallergic, Senses of Cinema, Film on the Faultline, and the Routledge Handbook of Japanese Cinema. He has received grants, fellowships, and residencies from the Flaherty Seminar, Signal Culture, and Susan B. Anthony Institute for Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies. In addition to teaching theory, history, and film/video production courses at SUNY Purchase, the New School, and University of Rochester, he has taught workshops at Downtown Community Television Center (DCTV), Museum of the Moving Image, and Jacob Burns Film Center. He curates JAPAN CUTS: Festival of New Japanese Film, the largest festival of contemporary Japanese cinema in North America, produces The Journal of Cinema and Media Studies podcast, and previously served as Managing Editor and Editorial Board Member of InVisible Culture: An Electronic Journal for Visual Culture. He is based in New York City.

MemberMaria L. J. Lauret

I am an interdisciplinary scholar of multilingual American literature, especially in relation to migration. An African Americanist, feminist, and eternal student of American literature and society, I am interested in the aesthetic, cognitive, emotional and not least  political potential of combining and mixing languages in life and in literary texts produced in the Americas. My own multilingualism is (as yet) confined to classic European languages, but I have worked on and with other languages in my latest monograph, Wanderwords.

MemberChristopher Lucas

Christopher Lucas is an educator, producer, and writer. In 2011, he was awarded a doctorate in media studies from the University of Texas, where he co-founded, a popular site for scholarly media criticism. He taught film and media studies at Trinity University from 2010-2016. He is currently on the faculty of the Digital Cinema program at Southern Oregon University and a member of the board of directors of Ashland Independent Film Festival. In 2014, he produced Above All Else (SXSW, 2014) with John Fiege, as well as numerous shorts and commercial projects as a producer with Fiege Films. He was an associate producer on The Sensitives (Tribeca, 2017) and Living Springs, an interactive environmental documentary about Barton Springs in Austin, Texas.