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Film & Media Arts Full-Time Faculty

Patricia Aufderheide

Patricia Aufderheide

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University Professor

Patricia Aufderheide is University Professor of Communication Studies in the School of Communication at American University in Washington, D.C., and director of the Center for Media and Social Impact. Her books include Reclaiming Fair Use: How to Put... [More]

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202-885-2069
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Randall Blair

Randall Blair

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Associate Professor

Randall Blair is a full-time professor of Film and Media Arts. He is a professional filmmaker who teaches courses in producing, directing, script writing and film production. He has created award-winning films, including documentaries, dramatic films... [More]

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202-885-2044
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Kyle Brannon

Kyle Brannon

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Assistant Professor

Kyle "Kylos" Brannon is a full-time professor of Film and Media Arts. He is a filmmaker, motion graphic designer, and VJ. His work with exhibit media has appeared in the Brown v Board National Historic Site, the US Botanical Gardens, Historic Jamesto... [More]

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202-885-2162
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John Douglass

John Douglass

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Associate Professor

John Douglass is a full-time professor of Film and Media Arts. He has been at American for more than 30 years and through most of this time has served as director of the film and media arts division. His contributions to the Washington, DC media comm... [More]

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202-885-2045
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Larry Engel

Larry Engel

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Associate Professor

Larry Engel is a full-time professor of Film and Media Arts. With more than 30 years of teaching and filmmaking, his documentaries appear on PBS, the Discovery Channels and National Geographic, among other outlets. Awards include a Daytime Emmy for B... [More]

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202-885-2688
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William Gentile

William Gentile

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Journalist in Residence

Bill Gentile is a full-time professor of Film and Media Arts. He is an independent journalist and documentary filmmaker at American University, where he brings 30 years of field experience and professional contacts to the next generation of communica... [More]

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202-885-2663
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Leena Jayaswal

Leena Jayaswal

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Associate Professor

Leena Jayaswal is a full-time professor of Film and Media Arts. She is head of the photography concentration. Her photography has been nationally recognized in galleries around the country. She has worked with famed photographer, Mary Ellen Mark. Her... [More]

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202-885-2662
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Larry Kirkman

Larry Kirkman

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Professor

Larry Kirkman is a professor of Film and Media Arts, teaching social documentary and film history for graduate MA and MFA filmmakers. He is also serving as lead faculty for experiential learning and teaches the senior professional internship course.... [More]

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202-885-6931
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Brigid Maher

Brigid Maher

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Associate Professor

Brigid Maher is a tenured, associate professor of Film and Media Arts. She is a filmmaker and writer who additionally heads the Emerging Media concentration in SOC’s Film and Media Arts Division. Her scholarly writing focuses on the interplay between... [More]

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202-885-2664
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Sarah Menke-Fish

Sarah Menke-Fish

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Director, University College and Learning Communities and Assistant Professor

Sarah Menke-Fish is a full-time professor of Film and Media Arts. She is a master teacher in the School of Communication. She serves as associate director for the Center for Environmental Filmmaking, launched and directs Discover the World of Communi... [More]

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202-885-2098
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Claudia Myers

Claudia Myers

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Assistant Professor

Claudia Myers is a full-time professor of Film and Media Arts. She just completed her third feature, "Fort Bliss" starring Michelle Monaghan and Ron Livingston. Prior to this she wrote and directed Kettle of Fish, which won a Nickelodeon Screenwritin... [More]

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202-885-2152
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Christopher Palmer

Christopher Palmer

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Distinguished Film Producer in Residence

Chris Palmer is a full-time professor of Film and Media Arts. He is also a speaker, author, and environmental and wildlife film producer. He has swum with dolphins and whales, come face-to-face with sharks and Kodiak bears, camped with wolf packs, an... [More]

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202-885-3408
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Nina Shapiro-Perl

Nina Shapiro-Perl

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Filmmaker in Residence

Nina Shapiro-Perl is an award-winning producer and director who currently holds the position of Filmmaker-in-Residence at American University, where she teaches and leads the Community Voice Project. Before joining the faculty of American University,... [More]

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202-885-6791
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Maggie Burnette Stogner

Maggie Burnette Stogner

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Associate Professor

Maggie Burnette Stogner is a full-time professor of Film and Media Arts. She teaches in the Film and Media Arts division, bringing over 25 years of experience to the classroom. During her nine years at National Geographic, she produced, directed and ... [More]

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202-885-2160
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Russell Williams

Russell Williams

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Distinguished Artist in Residence

Russell Williams is a full-time professor of Film and Media Arts. He joined SOC after an illustrious career in Hollywood, where he won two Academy Awards for his sound work on Glory and Dances with Wolves. He is an experienced producer, and his work ... [More]

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202-885-2115
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