Film and Visual Studies PhD Alumni:

Jessica Bardsley

Jessica Bardsley is an artist-scholar working across film, writing, and studio art. She is currently Visiting Assistant Professor at Cornell University and a Visiting Fellow in the department of Art, Film, and Visual Studies at Harvard University. Her films have screened within the U.S. and internationally at festivals like CPH:DOX, Visions du Réel, EMAF, Flaherty NYC, RIDM, True/False, and many more. She is the recipient of various awards, including a Princess Grace Award, Grand Prize at 25FPS, the Eileen Maitland Award at the Ann Arbor Film Festival, Best Short Film at Punto de Vista, and numerous Film Study Center fellowships. Her research and writing have been supported by the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, the Terra Foundation for American Art, and the Henry Luce Foundation/American Council of Learned Societies. She received a Ph.D. in Film and Visual Studies from Harvard University and an M.F.A. from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.


Zachary Furste

Finding Media: Recordings from Elsewhere, 1936-1965


Jungmin Lee

Archaeology of Volume: The European Avant-garde’s Kinetic Construction


Kyle Parry

Crisis Archives: Assemblage, Interaction, Participation


Joana Pimenta

The Medium as Process: Moving Image in Contemporary Art


Kate Rennebohm

Re-Vision: Moving Image Media, The Self, and Ethical Thought in the 20th Century


Becca Voelcker

Land Cinema in the Neoliberal Age

Dr Becca Voelcker earned her PhD in the Department of Art, Film, and Visual Studies at Harvard University in 2021. Her dissertation, Land Cinema in the Neoliberal Age, studies a global corpus of films made by gardener-filmmakers and farmer-filmmakers in the 1970s and 80s that constitute contributions to Marxist and environmental thought. She is currently a Research Fellow at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London. Before Harvard, Becca studied at Goldsmiths, University of London, and the University of Cambridge. Between 2013-15 she was based in Tokyo, Japan, as a Daiwa Scholar. Her current research traces aspects of political economy through visual cultures, with a focus on architecture and film. She combines research with programming and podcasting projects, and writes for journals including Film Comment, Frieze, Art Asia Pacific, and Sight & Sound. website: email: beccavoelcker[at]


Andre Uhl

Extended Intelligence: Awareness-Based Interventions into the Ecology of Autonomous and Intelligent Systems