Academic Director of Media Studies
West Hall Q122
Elizabeth Affuso completed her Ph.D. in the Department of Critical Studies at the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts. Her dissertation, entitled The Sculptural Screen: Spectatorship, Exhibition, and Hollywood in Contemporary Film/Video Art, examines the projected images created by a group of contemporary artists whose work directly engages with the mainstream film industry either through remakes and revision or through an appropriation of Hollywood’s aesthetic practices. Her scholarly interests include issues of spectatorship, fandom, branding, technology, architecture, moving image media art, and reality television. Her work has been published in Jump Cut and presented at conferences such as the Society for Cinema and Media Studies and Console-ing Passions. Originally from New York, she received a B.F.A. in Cinema Studies and Fine Art at New York University and worked in television advertising and film programming prior to moving to Los Angeles in 2004. As Academic Director, she is responsible for organizing and coordinating media studies curriculum planning, internships, study abroad opportunities and programming.
Director of the Production Center, Media Studies
West Hall Q126
Matthew Pagoaga is a Los Angeles-based artist and technologist. He holds an M.F.A. in Art + Technology with a specialization in Integrated Media from California Institute of the Arts, a B.A. in Applied Arts & Media from Antioch University, and an Immersion Filmmaking Certificate from The Los Angeles Film School. He maintains an art practice interpreting datasets toward aesthetic revisualizations and embodied experiences utilizing a combination of mixed-media, technology, and public art installations. His work also interprets processes of archival degradation, social justice, and disruption. Matthew’s work has been jury-selected in the MOZAIK Future Art Awards in both 2020 and 2021, won multiple awards from the Burning Man organization, received a grant from the CalArts Commission on Sustainability (CCS), as well received other honorariums and awards. Prior to re-engaging academia, Matthew worked in the entertainment and tech sectors as a technical trainer for companies such as Entertainment Partners (makers of Movie Magic Budgeting & Scheduling software) and Apple.
Assistant Director of the Production Center
West Hall Q126
Eddie Gonzalez is a Pomona-based artist whose work has included video, silkscreening, and graphic design. He received his B.A. from Pitzer College in 2004 in Media Studies and Art. He works as the Assistant Director of Production, Intercollegiate Media Studies at Pitzer College.