People

David Joselit

David Joselit

Professor of Art, Film, and Visual Studies
Chair, Department of Art, Film, and Visual Studies (AFVS)

Joselit began his career as a curator at The ICA in Boston from 1983-1989. After receiving his PhD from Harvard in 1995, he has taught at the University of California, Irvine, and Yale University where he was Department Chair from 2006-09, and most recently at the CUNY Graduate Center. ... Read more about David Joselit

Denise Oberdan

Denise Oberdan

Director of Administration

Denise is the Director of Administration for the department and works with faculty and staff to keep the department running smoothly.

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SCRAAATCH photograph by Elliot Jerome Brown Jr

SCRAAATCH .

College Fellows in Media Practice, 2021-22

SCRAAATCH is the sound and performance art duo of E. Jane and chukwumaa (who also record music individually as MHYSA and lawd knows). They create multimedia performance works, experimental music, and hybrid DJ sets. ... Read more about SCRAAATCH .

Francico alacron

Francisco Alarcon

Graduate Student in Film and Visual Studies
Ardis and Robert James Graduate Fellow
Artist in Residence Real Colegio Complutense

Francisco Alarcon is an artist and engineer working on the intersection of visual arts and technology. Alarcon’s research focus is on the material history of computer-generated graphics and how the interface informs the construction of cultural techniques. ... Read more about Francisco Alarcon

Sonia Almeida

Sonia Almeida

Visiting Lecturer on Art, Film, and Visual Studies, Spring 2019

Sonia Almeida’s paintings explore disparate yet connected visual languages brought together within a single work. Her interests in nonverbal forms of communication, symbolism, and abstraction, and the slippages of translation, are interwoven across her hybrid paintings, drawings, and textile works.... Read more about Sonia Almeida

Aurora Andrews

Teaching Assistant
Teaching Assistant for GenEd1114: Painting's Doubt: A Studio Course (Matt Saunders)
Ei Arakawa

Ei Arakawa

Visiting Lecturer on Art, Film, and Visual Studies, 2018 -19

Ei Arakawa (b. 1977, Fukushima, Japan) currently lives in New York. Arakawa works in performance, sculpture and installation, often elaborating hybrid and multimedia works which are situated within or spun off from live, choreographed events. His complex performance works are typically collaborative and subvert performative conventions by breaking the boundaries between audience and performer, resulting in spontaneous live actions.... Read more about Ei Arakawa

Luis Arnias

Teaching Assistant
Teaching Assistant for AFVS 99B: Thesis Group (film/video), AFVS 152R: Intermediate Video Workshop, and AFVS 159J: Directing Images: Nonfiction Filmmaker-Cineatographers (Moss & Burin), Spring 2021... Read more about Luis Arnias
Steven Ascher

Steven Ascher

Visiting Professor of Art, Film, and Visual Studies, 2017-18

Steven Ascher is an Academy Award-nominated filmmaker and writer. His feature documentaries include Troublesome Creek (Sundance Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award), So Much So Fast (Sundance premiere), and Raising Renee (HBO; Emmy nominee, Outstanding Arts and Culture Programming).... Read more about Steven Ascher

Hicham Awad

Graduate Student in Film and Visual Studies
Teaching Fellow

Hicham Awad is a fifth-year graduate student in Film and Visual Studies. His dissertation examines the roles played by “real-time” cinematographic, architectural, and computational technologies in the representation, communication, and management of risk in the domains of design, finance, and national security. ... Read more about Hicham Awad

awad [at] g.harvard.edu

Carolyn Bailey

Graduate Student in Film and Visual Studies
Teaching Fellow

Carolyn Bailey is a PhD Candidate in Film and Visual Studies at Harvard University, where her research is supported by a doctoral fellowship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.... Read more about Carolyn Bailey

cabailey [at] g.harvard.edu