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. Dr. 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.


University of Rochester
PhD, Visual and Cultural Studies, 2020
MA, Visual and Cultural Studies, 2016

Purchase College, State University of New York
BFA, Film, summa cum laude; Minor: Asian Studies, 2009

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