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Joel Neville Anderson

Visiting Assistant Professor of Cinema Studies and Film

Joel Neville Anderson earned a PhD in Visual and Cultural Studies at the University of Rochester, and is expanding his dissertation on the aesthetic and political dimensions of self-documentary works produced in community media spaces into a book manuscript. Research and teaching encompass cinema and media studies, with specialties in experimental film and video, film festival studies, and Japanese cinema, a critical focus on works exploring the mediation of self and environment in the neoliberal era, and pedagogical commitment to engaging theory and practice across seminars and production courses.

Dr. Anderson’s writing appears in publications such as Studies in Documentary Film, Millennium Film Journal, International Feminist Journal of Politics, Afterimage, Hyperallergic, Senses of Cinema, Film on the Faultline, and the Routledge Handbook of Japanese Cinema. He has received grants, fellowships, and residencies from the Flaherty Seminar, Signal Culture, University of Pittsburgh Asian Studies Center, and Susan B. Anthony Institute for Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies. In addition to teaching theory, history, and production courses at SUNY Purchase, the New School, and University of Rochester, he has taught workshops at Downtown Community Television Center (DCTV), Museum of the Moving Image, and Jacob Burns Film Center. He programmed JAPAN CUTS: Festival of New Japanese Film, the largest festival of contemporary Japanese cinema in North America, and served as Managing Editor and Editorial Board Member of InVisible Culture: An Electronic Journal for Visual Culture and co-producer for The Journal of Cinema and Media Studies podcast. He is based in New York City.

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