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.

Carpenter Center 103
p: (617) 496-8420

Lucien Castaing-Taylor

John Cowles Professor of Art and Anthropology
Director, Sensory Ethnography Lab (SEL); Director, Film Study Center
Director of Graduate Studies
Castaing-Taylor is an anthropologist whose work conjugates art's negative capability with an ethnographic attachment to the flux of life and an engagement with the pressing ecological and political challenges of our day. His works include In and Out of Africa (1992, with Ilisa Barbash),... Read more about Lucien Castaing-Taylor

Kathryn Abarbanel

Teaching Assistant
Teaching Assistant for AFVS 112: Drawing II (Burin), Spring 2022.
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 AFVS 355R: Advanced Critcal Media Practice (Pimenta), Spring 2022. 
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

Ignacio Azcueta

Teaching Assistant
Teaching Assistant for AFVS 169S: Remapping Latin American Cinema (Guest & Sotomayor), Spring 2022. 

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

Gabrielle Banks

Teaching Assistant

Gabrielle Banks is the TA for digital photography for AFVS.