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Film & Media Arts Full-Time Faculty

  1. Patricia Aufderheide, University Professor

    SOC - School of Communication

    Patricia Aufderheide is University Professor of Communication Studies in the School of Communication at American University in Washington, D.C., and founder of the Center for Media & Social Impact, where she continues as Senior Research Fellow. She i… More

    Send email to Patricia Aufderheide

    (202) 885-2069

  2. Randall Blair, Associate Professor

    SOC - School of Communication

    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

  3. Kyle Brannon, Assistant Professor

    SOC - School of Communication

    Kyle "Kylos" Brannon is a full-time professor of Film & 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 Jamestown… More

    Send email to Kyle Brannon

    (202) 885-2162

  4. John Douglass, Associate Professor

    SOC - School of Communication

    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

    Send email to John Douglass

    (202) 885-2045

  5. Larry Engel, Associate Professor

    SOC - School of Communication

    With nearly 40 years of teaching and filmmaking, and 250 projects, his documentaries appear on PBS, the Discovery Channels, and National Geographic, among many other outlets. Awards include a Daytime Emmy for Best Cinematography and the Mountain Spir… More

    Send email to Larry Engel

    (202) 885-2688

  6. William Gentile, Journalist in Residence

    SOC - School of Communication

    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

    Send email to William Gentile

    (202) 885-2663

  7. Lindsay Grace, Associate Professor

    SOC - School of Communication

    Lindsay is a professor, game designer and researcher. He is the founding director of the American University Game Lab and Studio. He has published more than 40 papers, articles and book chapters on games since 2009. His game designs have received awa… More

    Send email to Lindsay Grace

    (202) 885-6933

  8. Leena Jayaswal, Associate Professor

    SOC - School of Communication

    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

    Send email to Leena Jayaswal

    (202) 885-2662

  9. Larry Kirkman, Professor

    SOC - School of Communication

    Larry Kirkman is an Executive Producer of the Investigative Reporting Workshop, Senior Fellow and Strategy Advisor for the Center for Media and Social Impact, and a Professor of Film and Media Arts in the School of Communication at American Universit… More

    Send email to Larry Kirkman

    (202) 885-6931

  10. Kimberly Llerena, Professorial Lecturer

    SOC - School of Communication

    Kim Llerena is a photographic artist currently based in Washington, D.C. She received her MFA in Photographic & Electronic Media from the Maryland Institute College of Art and a BA in Journalism from New York University. She was a semifinalist in the… More

    Send email to Kimberly Llerena

    (202) 885-2073

  11. Brigid Maher, Associate Professor

    SOC - School of Communication

    Maher’s creative work concentrates on national and international women’s issues with a particular focus on the Middle East and more recently women’s health. Maher’s previous award winning documentary, Veiled Voices, followed three Muslim religious le… More

    Send email to Brigid Maher

    (202) 885-2664

  12. Sarah Menke-Fish, Assistant Professor

    SOC - School of Communication

    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

  13. Claudia Myers, Associate Professor

    SOC - School of Communication

    Claudia Myers is a full-time professor of Film and Media Arts. She wrote and directed the feature, "Fort Bliss" starring Michelle Monaghan and Ron Livingston, which was released internationally in 2014 and won several awards. Prior to this she wrote… More

    Send email to Claudia Myers

    (202) 885-2152

  14. Christopher Palmer

    SOC - School of Communication

    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

  15. Nina Shapiro-Perl, Filmmaker in Residence

    CAS - Anthropology

    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

    Send email to Nina Shapiro-Perl

    (202) 885-6791

  16. Maggie Burnette Stogner, Associate Professor

    SOC - School of Communication

    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

    Send email to Maggie Burnette Stogner

    (202) 885-2160

  17. Russell Williams, Distinguished Artist in Residence

    SOC - School of Communication

    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