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Film & Media Studies
22 Lebanon Street
202 Black Family Visual Arts Center
Dartmouth College
Hanover, NH 03755

Faculty & Staff

Mary Desjardins

Department Chair
Associate Professor, Film & Media Studies

image of Mary Desjardins

Mary Desjardins received her PhD in Cinema-TV from USC. Before coming to Dartmouth, she taught at UC Santa Barbara and UT Austin. Articles in journals, such as Film Quarterly, Camera Obscura, The Velvet Light Trap, Quarterly Review of Film and Video, Vectors, and The Spectator. She also has book chapters in Television, History, and American Culture; Everyday eBay: Culture, Collecting and Desire; Headline Hollywood: 100 Years of Film Scandal; Communities of the Air: Radio Century, Radio Culture; Fires Were Started: British Cinema and Thatcherism; and Questioning the Media. A recent collection of essays on Marlene Dietrich, Dietrich Icon, which she co-edited with Gerd Gemunden, was published by Duke University Press in 2007. Her forthcoming book is Recycled Stars: Female Stardom in the Age of Television and Video. Mary is also on the planning board of Console-ing Passions: Conference on Television, Audio, Video, New Media, and Feminism, and on the advisory board for "She Made It: Women Creating Television and Radio," a permanent collection at the Paley Center for Television and Radio. Areas of teaching specialty include: media history, film and television stardom, feminist theory, gender and the media, feminist filmmaking, melodrama.
Office: 207 Black Family Visual Arts Center
Phone: (603) 646-0237

Jim Brown

Senior Lecturer, Film & Media Studies

image of Jim BrownJim Brown received his MFA from New York University's Graduate School of Film and Television in 1981. He worked as a freelance director - cinematographer in New York, Washington DC, and Los Angeles, and ran his own film and video company, True North Productions, out of New York and Vermont. His experience includes narrative, documentary, industrial, music videos and commercials. He began teaching at Dartmouth in 1990. His special interests are independent filmmaking and cinematography. He teaches both the introductory and advanced film production courses as well as a course on directing actors for film and a course on the history of American independent filmmakers. FS. 31, FS. 32, FS. 41 and FS. 11.

Office: 212 Black Family Visual Arts Center
Phone: (603) 646-8784

Peter Ciardelli

Audio Visual Specialist, Department of Film & Media Studies

image of Peter CiardelliPeter Ciardelli received his BA in Theater from the University of Vermont and his MFA in Media Studies (Film Production) from the University of New Orleans. He has worked on music video, commercial, television and feature film projects in a variety of capacities including prop master and assistant film editor.

Office: 213 Black Family Visual Arts Center
Phone: 603 (646-3132)

Cheryl Coutermarsh

Department Administrator, Film & Media Studies

image of Cheryl CoutermarshCheryl Coutermarsh is the Department Administrator for the Department of Film and Media Studies. Please contact Cheryl for any information about the department.

Office: 202 Black Family Visual Arts Center
Phone: (603) 646-3402.

Mary Flanagan

Professor, Film & Media Studies

Sherman Fairchild Distinguished Professor in Digital Humanities

image of Mary FlanaganMary Flanagan, the Sherman Fairchild Distinguished Professor in Digital Humanities at Dartmouth College, is an artist, designer, and theorist who investigates everyday relationships in light of contemporary technology, with a particular interest in games and play. Flanagan's digitally driven artworks and installations have been shown internationally at venues including the Laboral Art Center, the Whitney Museum of American Art, SIGGRAPH, Beall Center, Steirischer Herbst, Ars Electronica, Artist's Space, The Guggenheim New York, Gigantic Art Space, and others. Her over 20 essays and articles on digital culture have appeared in periodicals and books, and her own books in English include reload: rethinking women + cyberculture (with A. Booth, MIT 2002), re:SKIN (with A. Booth, MIT 2007), and Critical Play (MIT 2009).

Flanagan also prioritizes her role as an activist designer, founding and directing the Tiltfactor Laboratory, a research and creation lab dedicated to socially conscious games and software development. She created the first internet adventure game for girls, The Adventures of Josie True, in the 1990s and has helped change the discourse on gender, gaming, and technology. One of her current efforts, Values at Play, is dedicated to developing innovation techniques which support human values in the game design process in order to fully realize the potential of games to shape learning, power, and social change. Flanagan is a MacDowell Fellow and the PI or Co-PI on six National Science Foundation awards. She holds an MFA in Film and Video and a Ph.D. in Computational Media with a focus on game design from Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London, and is a Professor in the Department of Film and Media Studies.

Office: 205 Black Family Visual Arts Center
Office Phone: (603) 646-1008
Studio: 304 North Fairbanks
Studio Phone: (603) 646-1007

Gerd Gemünden

Professor, German Studies, Film and Media Studies, and Comparative Literatureimage of Gerd Gemunden

Gerd Gemünden is the Sherman Fairchild Professor of the Humanities, and Professor of German Studies, Film and Media Studies, and Comparative Literature. He studied German, English and Philosophy at the University of Tübingen and Comparative Literature at the University of Oregon (Ph.D. 1988). His specialties include critical theory and cultural studies, 20th Century German literature, and the history and theory of German cinema. He is the author of Die hermeneutische Wende: Disziplin und Sprachlosigkeit nach 1800 (1990); Framed Visions: Popular Culture, Americanization, and the Contemporary German and Austrian Imagination (1998), and A Foreign Affair: Billy Wilder's American Films (2008 - also published in Austria as Filmemacher mit Akzent: Billy Wilder in Hollywood). His volumes as editor include Wim Wenders: Einstellungen (1993); The Cinema of Wim Wenders (1997); Germans and Indians: Fantasies, Encounters, Projections (2002); Dietrich Icon (2007); and Culture in the Anteroom: The Legacies of Siegfried Kracauer (2012); as well as special issues of New German Critique on the director Rainer Werner Fassbinder and on Film and Exile. He serves on the editorial board of New German Critique and Film Criticism and is co-editor (with Johannes von Moltke '89) of the series "Screen Cultures" for Camden House. His most recent book is Continental Strangers: German Exile Cinema, 1933-1951, which was published by Columbia University Press earlier this year.
His latest project is a monograph on the Argentine director Lucrecia Martel and her cinema of deceleration, which is under contract for the Contemporary Film Directors series of Illinois University Press.

Office: 202 Black Family Visual Arts Center
Phone: (603) 646-3834

Amy LawrenceAmy Lawrence

Professor, Film & Media Studies, Women's Studies, Comparative Literature

Amy Lawrence has taught at Dartmouth since 1988. She teaches the Introduction to Film Course, film history, and courses on women and film, film sound, musicals, British film and television, 50s melodrama, avant garde film, animation history, and film theory. She has written on sound in film, feminist film issues, Hollywood stars, and contemporary animation. She also makes animated films.

Office: 202 Black Family Visual Arts Center
Phone: (603) 646-3834

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 Al Lavalley

Emeritus ProfessorAl Lavalley

Albert J. LaValley is one of the founders of the Film and Media Studies department at Dartmouth College. Beginning in 1986, he put together a Film Program and a major that eventually became the department of Film and Television Studies -- one of the first departments to integrate history, theory and production in the Ivy League. He has edited breakthrough volumes on film including Focus on Hitchcock (Prentice Hall, 1972), Mildred Pierce (Wisconsin, 1980), Invasion of the Body Snatchers ( Films in Print series) (Rutgers, 1989) and Eisenstein at 100. ed. with Barry Scherr (Rutgers 2001). He is currently working on a study of the relationship between Hollywood and Mexican cinema.

Jodie MackJodie Mack

Assistant Professor, Animation

Jodie Mack is an independent moving-image practitioner, curator, and historian-in-training who received her MFA in film, video, and new media from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2007. Combining the formal techniques and structures of abstract/absolute animation with those of cinematic genres, her handmade films use collage to explore the relationship between graphic cinema and storytelling, the tension between form and meaning. Mack's 16mm films have screened at a variety of venues including the Anthology Film Archives, Images Festival, Los Angeles Filmforum, Onion City Film Festival, Ann Arbor Film Festival, Black Maria Film Festival, and the Robert Flaherty Film Seminar. She has also worked as a curator and administrator with Dartmouth's EYEWASH: Experimental Films and Videos, Florida Experimental Film and Video Festival, Portland Documentary and Experimental Film Festival, Eye and Ear Clinic, Chicago Underground Film Festival, and Chicago's-favorite micro-cinema, The Nightingale. Additionally, Mack is an Illinois Arts Council media arts fellow and the 2010 co-recipient of the Orphan Film Symposium's Helen Hill Award.

Office: 211 Black Family Visual Arts Center
Phone: (603) 646-3835

Bill Phillips

Visiting Associate Professor, Film & Media Studies

Bill PhillipsBill Phillips has written for most of the major studios, networks and cable companies. He won the Ace Award for Best Screenplay (with John Carpenter) for El Diablo, was nominated for the Edgar Award (with Brian Dennehy) for Shadow of a Doubt, and adapted Peter Maas' In a Child's Name, which was nominated for an Emmy as Best Miniseries. He has adapted Stephen King and Caroline Chute and has directed one feature for Paramount (There Goes the Neighborhood), which he wrote. He has been a member of the Writers' Guild of America since 1980 and has written about fifty screenplays, half of which have been made. His first produced screenplay was Summer Solstice, starring Henry Fonda and Myrna Loy. Lately, he has returned to film production, as head of Northern Lights Productions, out of Vermont.  Bill graduated as a Senior Fellow in Film from Dartmouth in 1971 and got his M.F.A. from U.S.C. in 1973. At Dartmouth, Bill teaches Screenwriting One and Two and MALS 226: Graduate Screenwriting.


Office: 2210 Black Family Visual Arts Center
Phone: (603) 646-2470

Joanna E. Rapf

Visiting Professor, Film & Media Studies

image of Joanna RapfJoanna E. Rapf is a Professor of English and Film & Video Studies at the University of Oklahoma, but since 1978, has regularly taught as a Visitor at Dartmouth. Her father, Maurice Rapf '35, was a screenwriter and Emeritus Director of Film Studies here. Her grandfather, Harry Rapf, was one of the three founders of MGM. Joanna, who received her Ph.D. from Brown University, has published books on Buster Keaton, "On the Waterfront," and Sidney Lumet, along with numerous articles and essays.

Phone: (603) 646-3402

Jeffrey Ruoff

Associate Professor, Film & Media Studies Jeffrey Ruoff

Jeffrey Ruoff is a film historian and documentary filmmaker. The recipient of a Fulbright Research Grant to France and a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship, he teaches production courses in documentary and experimental videomaking, history courses on the French New Wave, North African cinema, documentary and ethnographic film as well as surveys of international cinema. In 1998, he co-authored a book on the Japanese documentary The Emperor's Naked Army Marches On. An American Family: A Televised Life, his book on the 1973 public television series, was published by the University of Minnesota Press in 2002. He edited a special issue of the journal Visual Anthropology, in 2002, devoted to "Travelogues and Travel Films." Ruoff has edited two anthologies: Virtual Voyages: Cinema and Travel published by Duke University Press in 2006 and Coming Soon to a Festival Near You: Programming Film Festivals, published by St Andrews in 2012. He has contributed chapters to seven books and articles to nine journals. A number of his publications have been translated and published in French and German. His films and videos, including The Last Vaudevillian (1998) and Still Moving: Pilobolus at Forty (2012), have been shown at festivals and on television in the United States and abroad. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Iowa in Film Studies and an M.F.A. in Film/Videomaking from Temple University.

Office: 204 Black Family Visual Arts Center

Phone: (603) 646-1553
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Mark Williams

Associate Professor, Film & Media Studies

Mark Williams

Mark Williams received both of his graduate degrees in Critical Studies from The School of Cinema-Television at The University of Southern California. He has previously taught at USC, Loyola Marymount, UC Santa Barbara, and Northwestern. His courses at Dartmouth include surveys of U.S. and international film history, television history and theory, and new media history and theory. He has published in a variety of journals and anthologies, including Télévision: le moment expérimental (1935-1955); Convergence Media History; New Media: Theories and Practices of Digitextuality; Collecting Visible Evidence; Dietrich Icon; Television, History, and American culture: Feminist Critical Essays; and Living Color: Race, Feminism, and Television. He directed the Leslie Center Humanities Institute entitled Cyber-Disciplinarity. In conjunction with the Dartmouth College Library, he is the founding editor of an e-journal, The Journal of e-Media Studies. With Adrian Randolph, he co-edits the book series Interfaces: Studies in Visual Culture for the University Press of New England. With Michael Casey, he has been awarded an NEH Digital Humanities Start-Up Grant. His book Remote Possibilities, a History of Early Television in Los Angeles, will be published by Duke University Press.

Office: 208 Black Family Visual Arts Center
Phone: (603) 646-3836


Paul Young

Associate Professor, Film and Media Studies

Paul Young

Paul Young received his PhD in English from the University of Chicago in 1998 for a dissertation about American cinema's historical representations of newer communications media. He has taught film and American literature at Georgia Tech, where he received the E. Roe Stamps Award for excellence in teaching in 2002, the University of Missouri, Colorado College (visiting assistant professor, 2003) and Vanderbilt University, where he directed the Film Studies Program from 2004 to 2011. He has written The Cinema Dreams Its Rivals: Media Fantasy Films from Radio to the Internet (Minnesota 2006) and articles on such topics as American naturalist fiction and early cinema, video game genres, the black humor of Don DeLillo's novel White Noise, the historiography of film noir, the emergence of synchronized film sound, and the telegraphic imaginary of early film in journals and essay collections including Modernism/Modernity, Convergence, The Minnesota Review, The Wiley-Blackwell History of American Film (2011), and New Media, 1740-1915 (MIT Press 2003). His essay on the allegorical structure of Lois Weber's Hypocrites (1915) will appear in Cinema Journal 55.1 (2015).
His research and teaching focus on how particular uses of film, from formal and stylistic experiments to such conventions as genres and continuity editing, affect public debates about the medium's intrinsic nature. He has taught courses on the films of Alfred Hitchcock, the politics of mainstream evaluations of controversial films, and the industrial-era city in global cinema and fiction. Of late he has begun to explore the intermedia relationships between cinema, video, and comics. His book "Daredevil" by Frank Miller will be published by Rutgers in 2015, and he has created a new course at Dartmouth called FS 41: Cinema and the Graphic Novel, which explores the intertwined histories of the two media through primary texts, critical essays, and student cartooning and storyboarding projects (no drawing experience required or expected).

Office: 203 Black Family Visual Arts Center
Phone: (603) 646-1597

Last Updated: 10/27/14