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CURRENT POSITION

Administrative Director of MA Program & Associate Faculty
The Gallatin School of Individualized Study, 2016-present

 
 
PUBLICATIONS

Disruptive Forms: The Cinema of Jean Rouch.” In Studies in French Cinema (forthcoming, 2018)

Beyond the Entomological Critique: Re-thinking Rouch and African Cinema.” In Studies in French Cinema (forthcoming, 2018)

Au-delà des critiques entomologiques: Rouch et le cinéma african, un autre point de vue.” In Dans le sillage de Jean Rouch (2018) (link to PDF of the article)

Living with and Learning from Bedbugs: New York and New Forms of Interspecies Sociability.” In Semiotic Review, April 2013

Book review: “Catherine Constable’s Thinking in Images: Film Theory, Feminist Philosophy and Marlene Dietrich.” In Film Quarterly, Spring 2008

 
 
EDUCATION

New York University, PhD,  Media, Culture & Communication, 2014
Thesis: An Art of Ambivalence: On Jean Rouch, African Cinema, and the Complexities of the (Post)Colonial Encounter

New York University, MA, Cinema Studies, 2007

American University of Paris, BA, Film and Media Studies, 2005

American University of Paris, BA, European Cultural Studies and Philosophy, 2001

 
 
ADDITIONAL CERTIFICATES

New York University, Certificate in Culture and Media, Department of Anthropology, 2011

UC Berkeley, Advanced Oral History Summer Institute, 2009

 
 
FELLOWSHIPS / GRANTS

CIRHUS Visiting Fellowship for Research in France, 2016 (declined)

LeBoff Dissertation Research Grant, 2014

New York University Humanities Initiative Research Fellowship, 2012-2013

Georges Lurcy Fellowship, 2010-2011

Steinhardt Doctoral Funding and Stipend Grant, 2007-2012

Media, Culture & Communication Travel Grant, 2009, 2012

Leaska Travel Grant, 2009

Tisch School of the Arts Scholarship, 2005-2007

American University of Paris, merit award, 1999-2001

 
 
COLLOQUIA / CURATORIAL EXPERIENCE

Coordinator (with Faye Ginsburg and Beth Epstein): Rouch in the USA, a conference held at NYU Paris and organized as part of the Jean Rouch centenary festivities. NYU Paris, November 9, 2017

Co-Curator (with Sam Di Iorio): Entangled Forms: African and French Film in Conversation, a film series at Anthology Film Archives – New York, NY, April 15-23, 2016

Coordinator (with Nadja Millner-Larsen): Anarchism, Engagement, and Theories of Mediation, a round table event looking at the relationship between anarchist thought and media theory – Department of Media, Culture and Communication, New York University, Spring 2014

Coordinator (with Faye Ginsburg and Pegi Vail): Rouch After Rouch: Reframing a Legacy, a day-long symposium exploring the legacy of Jean Rouch’s film work – New York University, 2013

Co-Curator (with Sam Di Iorio): Here and Elsewhere: The Films of Jean Rouch, a two-part Rouch retrospective held at Anthology Film Archives and the French Institute/Alliance Française – New York, NY, 2012

 
 
CONFERENCES

1977: A Year in the Life of Rouch.” Paper to be presented at the Rouch in the USA conference, Paris, November 2017

Chair: “Documentary on the Margins in Postwar France.” Panel at the Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference,  Chicago, IL, March 2017

“Illegible Politics: Jean Rouch and the Elusive Anarchist Aesthetic.” Paper presented at at the Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference, Chicago, IL, March 2017

“Decolonizing la Nouvelle Vague: On Godard’s African Epiphany.” Paper presented at the Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference, Atlanta, GA, April 2016

“It wasn’t about the Money: Anarchism, Anthropology, and the Cinematic Art of Jean Rouch.” Paper presented at the 20th/21st century French and Francophone Studies conference, Columbia University, New York, NY, March 8, 2014

“It Depends on what you Mean by Visual Anthropology: Paul Rivet, Jean Rouch, and the Visual Impulse of Interwar Ethnologie.” Paper presented at the VAST Conference, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, April 9, 2013

“Retelling Rouch’s Story: On the Need for New Narratives.” Paper presented at the ‘Rouch After Rouch: Reframing a Legacy’ conference, New York University, February 1, 2013

“A la recherche des origines perdues: Locating Jean Rouch in the Context of French Colonial Ethnology.” Paper presented at the Western Society for French History conference, Banff, Canada, October, 12, 2012

“Living with and Learning from Bedbugs: New York and New Forms of Interspecies Sociability.”  Paper presented at the American Anthropological Association conference, Montreal, Canada, November, 16, 2011

Innovation et imagination dans les œuvres de Jean Rouch et de Jean-Pierre Bekolo: une esthétique de l’ouverture et de la rencontre.” Paper presented (in French) at the Jean Rouch Colloquium, Pompidou Center, Paris, France, November 20, 2009

“Deconstructing Tarzan or Re-constructing Racial Hierarchies? Archival Power and the Politics of Memory in Contemporary France.” Paper presented at the Neil Postman Graduate Conference, New York University, October 30, 2009

“Modern Historicity and Stanley Kubrick’s Barry Lyndon.” Paper presented at the Cinema Studies Graduate Conference, New York University, February 24, 2006

 
 
GUEST LECTURES / INVITED TALKS

“Jean Rouch and anthropologie partagée.” Guest lecture for Professor Faye Ginsburg (Anthropology), NYU, New York, October 2017

Moustapha Alassane and the Cinematic Landscape of Post-Independence Niger” Introduction at Opening Night of Moustapha Alassane retropsective at MoMA, New York, May 2017

“Jean Rouch and French Surrealism in Interwar Paris.” Guest lecture for Professor Shelley Rice (Photography), Tisch School of the Arts, New York, February 2017

“Jean Rouch and anthropologie partagée.” Guest lecture for Professor Faye Ginsburg (Anthropology), NYU, New York, October 2016

Speaker: Media & Culture @ 30, New York, September 10, 2016

“Regards Comparés: Watching French and African Films Together.” Talk at the Institute of French Studies, NYU, New York, May 2016

“Introductory Remarks: Ethnography of Boundary Formations.” Introduced ethnographic film screenings at The Neil Postman Conference, New York University, NY, February, 2016

“Jean Rouch and anthropologie partagée.” Guest lecture for Professor Faye Ginsburg (Anthropology), NYU, New York, October 2015

“Ethnography Comes Home: Jean Rouch, Chronicle of a Summer.” Co-lecture with Professor Shelley Rice (Photography), Tisch School of the Arts, New York, February 2015

“Jean Rouch and Participatory Filmmaking.” Guest lecture for Professor Tejaswini Ganti (Anthropology), NYU, New York, October 2014

“Directors in Focus: Jean Rouch.” Introduced series screenings and held post-screening Q&A sessions. International House, Philadelphia, PA, November 8-9, 2013

“African Roots of the French New Wave: Jean Rouch, West Africa, and Postwar Cinema in France.” Lecture at Hayden Hall, NYU, New York, April 2013

Rouch and Cinéma Vérité.  Publicity video (with Sam Di Iorio) for French Embassy, 2013

Rouch and the Cinema of Niger. ‘Rouch After Rouch: Reframing a Legacy,’ NYU, New York, 2013

Speaker: NYU Media and Culture @ 25: Past, present, future. New York, 2011

Speaker: Student pitch panel: SilverDocs film festival. Washington, DC, July 2010

Speaker: The Factory of Facts: Jean Rouch’s Discipline of Truth. 92Y-Tribeca, New York, April 2010

“The Birth of Cinema and the Rise of Film Grammar.” Guest lecture for Professor Terry Moran (Media, Culture, & Communication), NYU, New York, March 2008

 
 
TEACHING APPOINTMENTS

Postcolonial Theory and Visual Culture
The Gallatin School
Fall 2017
Fall 2018

Introduction to Media Studies
Department of Media, Culture & Communication (NYU)
Spring 2015 (two sections)
Spring 2014 (two sections)
Spring 2010 (one section)
Spring 2009 (one section)

Business and its Publics
Leonard N. Stern School of Business (NYU)
Spring 2016 (one section)
Spring 2015 (one section)

 
 
PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

Tournées Film Festival, grants committee, 2017-present

Comité du film ethnographique, member, 2010-present

The Humanities Initiative, advisory board member, New York University, 2013-2014

 
 
ADDITIONAL EXPERIENCE

Writing Coach, Professional Responsibility & Leadership: The Leonard N. Stern School of Business, Fall 2015.

PhD Student Mentor, Dissertation Proposal Process: Department of Media, Culture & Communication, New York University, 2011-2013

Coordinator, Doctoral Research Colloquium: Department of Media, Culture & Communication, New York University, 2008-2010

Admissions Assistant: The Calhoun School, New York, NY, 2006-2007

Intern, Documentary Fortnight: Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY, 2006

Associate Registrar: American University of Paris, Paris, France, 2002-2005

 
 
LANGUAGES

French, fluent; Italian, good; Spanish, basic