Teaching Fellow, Master of Arts Program in the Humanities, Department of Cinema and Media Studies, The College
I’m a PhD candidate in the Department of Cinema and Media Studies. My dissertation, Acting After the New Wave: The Political Aesthetics of Performance in France, 1968-1981, focuses on performance, gesture, and the body across the films of the ‘70s, looking at things like the conceptualization of spontaneity in improvised performance practices and political action, the ways in which the Women’s Liberation Movement affected how actresses conceived of the labor of acting, and the use of historical reenactment to think about how traces of the past survive in the present. My broader research interests include theories of affect and emotion, the relationship of images to historiography, the transnational circulation of cinematic forms (especially in the 1960s and ‘70s), and the history of modernist aesthetics across mediums. Before coming to Chicago, I lived in New York, Philadelphia, and Wisconsin. When not academically occupied, I like to spend my time listening to music, attempting to garden, aimlessly roaming the city, and binge-washing trashy teen melodramas.