Film and Visual Studies

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

Lucien Castaing-Taylor

John Cowles Professor of Art and Anthropology
Director, Sensory Ethnography Lab (SEL); Director, Film Study Center
Director of Graduate Studies (Spring 2022)
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

Makeda Best

Lecturer on Art, Film, and Visual Studies, Fall 2021-22

Makeda Best, PhD’10, is the Richard L. Menschel Curator of Photography at the Harvard Art Museums. Her current exhibitions are Crossing Lines, Constructing Home: Displacement and Belonging in Contemporary Art and Winslow Homer: Eyewitness. ... Read more about Makeda Best

Giuliana Bruno

Giuliana Bruno

Emmet Blakeney Gleason Professor of Visual and Environmental Studies
Director of Graduate Studies (Fall 2021)

Professor Bruno is internationally known for her research on the intersections of the visual arts, architecture, film, and media.... Read more about Giuliana Bruno

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Dan Byers

Dan Byers

John R. and Barbara Robinson Family Director at Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts
Lecturer on Art, Film, and Visual Studies

Dan Byers is a curator of contemporary art with a current focus on commissioning new work with living artists. In addition to leading the Carpenter Center’s program of exhibitions and events, he teaches curatorial studies in the Department of Art, Film, and Visual Studies.... Read more about Dan Byers

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Tom Conley

Tom Conley

Abbott Lawrence Lowell Professor of Art, Film, and Visual Studies and of Romance Languages and Literatures

Conley studies relations of space and writing in literature, cartography, and cinema. His work moves to and from early modern France and issues in theory and interpretation in visual media.... Read more about Tom Conley

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Laura Frahm

Laura Frahm

John L. Loeb Associate Professor of the Humanities

Frahm's work explores film and media through the lens of architecture, design, spatial theory, ecological thought, and process philosophy.... Read more about Laura Frahm

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Peter Galison

Pellegrino University Professor of the History of Science and of Physics
Affiliate of Art, Film, and Visual Studies

Peter Galison is the Pellegrino University Professor of the History of Science and of Physics at Harvard University. In 1997 Galison was awarded a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Fellowship; won a 1998 Pfizer Award (for Image and Logic) as the best book that year in the History of Science; in 1999 received the Max Planck and Humboldt Stiftung Prize, and in 2018, the Abraham Pais Award in the History of Physics. ... Read more about Peter Galison

Haden Guest

Haden Guest

Director, Harvard Film Archive
Senior Lecturer on Art, Film, and Visual Studies (AFVS)

Haden Guest is Director of the Harvard Film Archive where he curates the HFA cinematheque and its motion picture, manuscript and photographic collections.... Read more about Haden Guest

Dennis Lim

Dennis Lim

Visiting Lecturer on Art, Film, and Visual Studies, 2021-22

Dennis Lim is the Director of Programming of Film at Lincoln Center and the New York Film Festival. At Lincoln Center, he has...

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Alexander Rehding

Fanny Peabody Professor of Music
Affiliate of Art, Film, and Visual Studies

Rehding is a music theorist with a focus on intellectual history and media theory. This has taken his work in a number of different directions from...

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John Stilgoe

John Stilgoe

Robert and Lois Orchard Professor in the History of Landscape

A 2015-16 Harvard William Channing Cabot Fellow and most recently author of Old Fields: Photography, Glamour, and Fantasy Landscape (UVA Press, 2014) and What Is Landscape? (MIT Press,  2016), Stilgoe has written many books,... Read more about John Stilgoe

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