IMS Faculty

Core IMS Faculty

James Morrison, CMC

James Morrison, CMC

Professor of Literature
Office: Roberts South 214
(909) 607-9678

on sabbatical 2021-2022 academic year

James Morrison has a Ph.D in English from State University of New York at Buffalo. He has taught at North Carolina State University and Wayne State University prior to joining the Literature Department at Claremont McKenna College. Morrison’s classes on film theory and film history reflect his interested in the relation of popular to modernist and/or avant-garde forms; in turn, this concern spurs an interest in the operations of modern cultural institutions as systems, and in how these systems close or open themselves to one another, in how fields of cultural production that are contiguous attempt to construct themselves as distinct, opposed or mutually exclusive, and in the kinds of cultural objects that are produced both by such efforts and by their seemingly inevitable tendencies to break down. His research principally considers film as medium and art in the contexts of modernity and post-modernity.

Rachel Mayeri, HMC

Professor of Media Studies
Department of Humanities and Social Sciences
Harvey Mudd College
Office: Parsons 1249
(909) 607-0461

Rachel Mayeri has an MFA in Visual Arts from UC San Diego, and joined the faculty of Harvey Mudd College in 2002. She is a Los Angeles-based media artist working at the intersection of science and art. Her projects explore topics ranging from the history of special effects to the human animal. She is interested in video as a communication technology situated between scientific observation and artistic imagination.

Gina Lamb, PZ

Visiting Assistant Professor of Media Studies
Office: West Hall Q123
(909) 607-7952

Gina Lamb is a Los Angeles artist /activist/teacher who has worked collaboratively with inner city youth for the past 25 years to foster their voices/vision through independent media arts production. She has taught for the past 23 years in Media Studies at Pitzer College. She teaches courses on community engagement and media activism in courses such as MS194: Media Arts for Social Justice, where students participate in ongoing media collaborations with local non-profit organizations including REACH LA, Girls and Gangs, Organization en California de Lideres Campesinas, Camp Afflerbaugh-Paige, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Transgender Youth Program, TransLatina Coalition, Pomona Habla, Pomona Economic Opportunity Center, Warehouse Workers United, Girls Scouts/Westland Estates, The Costanoan Rumsen Carmel Tribe of Ohlone People, Sherman Indian High School, and many other sites.

Jesse Lerner, PZ

Professor of Media Studies
Office: Scott 208
(909) 607-2636

on sabbatical Fall 2021

Jesse Lerner has an M.A. in Visual Anthropology from USC and a Ph.D. in Cultural Studies from CGU. He has taught at UC San Diego, CalArts, and the San Carlos Academy of Mexico’s National University (UNAM). Lerner’s classes on documentary, media production, silent film, and Mexican visual cultures generally involve both an element of media theory and history and an element of hands-on practice.

Ming-Yuen S. Ma, PZ

Professor of Media Studies
Office: West Hall Q123 / Scott Hall 213
(909) 607-4319

Ming-Yuen S. Ma teaches courses in sound culture, experimental media, video, as well as feminist and queer issues in production, theory, and history. Ma is also a core faculty in the Intercollegiate Department of Asian American Studies (IDAAS) at the Claremont Colleges. He has an M.F.A. from California Institute of the Arts, and has taught at University of California Irvine, Riverside, and Santa Barbara. He is the co-editor (with Alexandra Juhasz) of the Moving Image Review of GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies, and Resolutions 3: Global Networks of Video (with Erika Suderburg, University of Minnesota Press, 2012). His experimental videos and installations, including the ReCut Project (2006), THIS IS NOT A FOREIGN FILM (2002), Xin Lu Project (1997-present), Sniff (1997), Slanted Vision (1995), and Toc Storee (1992) have shown national and internationally. These works explored issues including travel and migration, language and translation, autobiography, and the representation of race and sexuality through a queer Asian perspective.

Ruti Talmor, PZ

Associate Professor of Media Studies
Office: Bernard 206
(909) 607-5003

Ruti Talmor came to Pitzer in 2011 from Haverford College, where she was the 2009-2011 Mellon Fellow. She holds a Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology from New York University. Drawing on her training in anthropology and her background in art and documentary film, Talmor’s research, production, and pedagogy combine visual, oral, and archival history with ethnographic methodologies. Her courses combine anthropological, art and media theory, colonial and postcolonial history, and ethnographic and visual methods, first modeling new ways of thinking, writing and working for students and then allowing them to produce work in this new vein themselves.

Jennifer Friedlander, PO

Edgar E. and Elizabeth S. Pankey Professor, Chair

Department of Media Studies

Office: Crookshank 6
(909) 607-9196

on sabbatical 2021-2022 academic year

Jennifer Friedlander received a Ph.D. in Communication and a Ph.D. Certificate in Cultural Studies from University of Pittsburgh. She is the Edgar E. and Elizabeth S. Pankey Professor of Media Studies at Pomona College. She is the author of Moving Pictures: Where the Police, the Press, and the Art Image Meet (Sheffield Hallam University Press, 1998); Feminine Look: Sexuation, Spectatorship, and Subversion (State University of New York Press, 2008); and Real Deceptions: The Contemporary Reinvention of Realism (Oxford University Press, 2017). She has published articles in Discourse: Journal for Theoretical Studies in Media and Culture; CiNéMAS: Journal of Film Studies; Subjectivity; (Re)-turn: A Journal of Lacanian Studies; Journal for Psychoanalysis of Culture and Society; Subjectivity; and International Journal of Žižek Studies and in several edited volumes. She is a founding and central committee member of LACK and the 2021 Fulbright-Freud Visiting Scholar at the Freud Museum Vienna.

Nancy Macko, SC

Professor of Art

Office: Lang 213
(909) 607-3628

Nancy Macko has an M.F.A. in Painting/Printmaking from University of California, Berkeley. A practicing artist since the early 1980s, she has produced over 20 solo exhibitions and participating in over 150 exhibitions both nationally and abroad. Until recently, she combined elements of painting, printmaking, digital media, photography, video, and installation to create a unique visual language, which allowed her to examine and respond to issues related to eco-feminism, nature, and the importance of ancient matriarchal cultures, as well as her interest in mathematics, and to make explicit the implicit connections between nature and technology.

T. Kim-Trang Tran, SC

Professor of Art

Office: Lang 215
(909) 607-4438

T. Kim-Trang Tran has an M.F.A. from California Institute of the Arts. She has been a media artist since the early 1990s, then producing a body of short video essays on the theme of blindness that has enabled her to incorporate multiple practices (writing, performance, video production) and realize new approaches. Tran’s work relies on research related to social issues, theories, or concepts that also engage in conceptualizing and testing the boundaries of form, genre, and content while integrating them. Currently, she is prototyping a casual game for mobile devices about immigration, gun violence, and gaming called Arizona 9.

Carlin Wing, SC 

Assistant Professor of Media Studies

Office: Baxter 103

(909) 607 4218

Carlin Wing teaches courses in the history, theory, and practice of media and art. She received an MFA in Photography and Media from CalArts and a PhD in Media, Culture, and Communication from New York University. In her work as an artist and scholar, she employs a variety of media and forms including large format photography, experimental video, sound works, site specific installations, performance lectures, and theoretical writing. Her areas of interest include media and communication; games, sport, and play; technologies and the body; performance; and injury and disability. Her writing has appeared in Games and CulturePublic BooksCabinetArt Lies, and The Bulletin of the Serving Library.

Kevin Wynter, PO

Assistant Professor of Media Studies

on sabbatical 2021-2022 academic year

Kevin Wynter is a film and media scholar whose research on the history and theory of the moving image is informed by interdisciplinary training in film and media studies, critical theory. and continental philosophy. He focuses on body genres and contemporary European art cinema, screen histories of race and representation, psychoanalytic theory, and black popular culture. At the core of his work is a concern with relationality, both as a problem reflected in structures of violence (institutional, ideological, psychical) on screen, and in a more theoretical and political vein, as an issue of paramount importance in an increasingly networked and technological world.

Ryan Engley, PO

Assistant Professor of Media Studies

Engley’s dissertation, To Be Continued: Serial Storytelling in New Narrative Media examines the intersection of psychoanalysis and contemporary serial media. His work has appeared in The Serial Podcast and Storytelling in the Digital Age, Can Philosophy Love? Reflections and Encounters, The International Journal of Žižek Studies, and Cinematic Cuts: Theorizing Film Endings.

Visiting Faculty 

Thomas J. Connelly, PO

Lecturer in Media Studies


BFA in Film, C.W. Post, Long Island University

MA in English, The University of Vermont

Ph.D. in Cultural Studies (concentration in Film and Media Studies)

Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, California

Research and Production:

Tom Connelly has published articles on the intersection of television, film and digital media. His first book, Screening Digital Media, explores the aesthetic, narrative and social developments of digital media in American cinema and television. The book is currently under editorial review with State University of New York Press. He is currently working on his next book, which explores confined and chamber spaces in cinema. In addition to his scholarly work, he is an active writer, musician and filmmaker. He grew up in New York’s Hudson Valley and played drums and guitar in several underground bands in the early 1990s. His short film, “No Deposit, No Return,” screened at a number of film festivals. He also self-published his first novel The Postcard. His new novel, The Bells, will be released in the fall of 2015.


“Mapping Aspect Ratios in the Age of High Definition Television.” Popular Communication: The International Journal of Media and Culture. Vol. 12, Iss. 3 (2014)

“Big Window, Big Other: Enjoyment and Spectatorship in Alfred Hitchcock’s Rope,” Quarterly Review of Film and Video. Vol. 31, Iss. 8 (2014)

“Meaning and Transcendence: Roland Barthes’ The Pleasure of the Text,” video published in Audiovisual Thinking: The Journal of Academic Videos

Kouross Esmaeli, PZ

Visiting Assistant Professor of Media Studies

228 Fletcher Hall

Kouross Esmaeli is a researcher, educator, and documentary filmmaker teaching courses in multi-media production, media ethnography, and critical media analysis. His medium and short-form documentaries have been shown on Aljazeera, Press TV, Democracy Now, and Current TV. Kouross received his MA in Middle Eastern Studies from Columbia University, and his PhD from NYU’s Department of Media, Communication & Culture. His dissertation and upcoming book, Testing Technology: Digital Mediation of Education in New York City, is an ethnographic study of the NYC public schools and the effects of the integration of digital educational technologies on teachers’ labor and students’ schooling

Ann Kaneko, PZ

Visiting Assistant Professor

Independent filmmaker Ann Kaneko is known for her personal essay videos and films that confer documentary subjects with personal insights. She weaves her intimate aesthetic with the complex intricacies of political reality. Often involving subjects in other parts of the world, Kaneko poetically probes the intersection where power impacts the personal. Her films have screened internationally at numerous festivals, and she has been commissioned by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Getty Center. Kaneko has been a Fulbright and Japan Foundation Artist fellow and graduated with an MFA in film directing from UCLA.

Stefania Marghitu, PZ 

Visiting Instructor of Media Studies

Stefania Marghitu is a PhD candidate with the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts Division of Cinema and Media Studies. Her primary interests deal with critical and cultural studies of television, the showrunner and modes of authorship, feminist media studies, and production studies. Her dissertation project is titled  The Showrunner: Authorship, Identity, and Representation in US Television.

You can find her work published in Feminist Media StudiesCommunication, Culture and CritiqueSpectator, and the edited collection ReFocus on Amy Heckerling (Edinburgh University Press). Stefania is currently under contract and in preparation for Teen TV with Routledge’s TV Genre Guidebook Series. She has presented talks at conferences such as the Society for Cinema and Media Studies, Console-ing Passions, and Making Television in the 21st Century in the US, UK and Denmark.