VSGC Alumni

Elizabeth Affuso
Visiting Assistant Professor of Media Studies, Pitzer College

"The Sculptural Screen: Spectatorship, Exhibition, and Hollywood in Contemporary Film/Video Art"
Book Review: Moral Spectatorship: Technologies of the Voice and Affect in Postwar Representations of the Child, Lisa Cartwright, Duke University Press, 2008, Discourse: Journal for Theoretical Studies in Media and Culture 33.2 (Spring 2011).
“’Don’t Just Watch It, Live It:’ technology, corporate partnerships, and The Hills,” Jump Cut 51 (Spring 2009).
Frank Volpe Endowed Scholarship, 2010-2011, School of Cinematic Arts, University of Southern California
George Cukor Scholarship, 2010-2011, School of Cinematic Arts, University of Southern California
Visual Studies Summer Travel Grant, Summer 2010, Visual Studies Graduate Certificate, University of Southern California

Alice Bardan

“Contemporary European Cinema in a Transnational Perspective: Aftereffects of 1989.”
Selected Publications:
“The Tattlers’ Tattle: Fake News, Linguistic National Intimacy and New Media in Romania.” Popular Communication, 10:1-2 (2012): 145-57.
“Welcome to Dreamland: The Realist Impulse in Pawel Pawlikowski’s Last Resort.” New Cinemas: Journal of Contemporary Film 6.1 (2008): 47-63.
2010 Gold Family Graduate Fellowship for Outstanding Students, USC College
2009 Summer Research Grant, Visual Studies Graduate Certificate, USC College
2008 Graduate Professionalization Initiative Project Award, USC College 2008 Summer Research Grant, Visual Studies Graduate Certificate, USC College

Priyanka Basu 
Instructor, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Department of Art History, Theory, and Criticism

Kunstwissenschaft and the ‘Primitive’: Excursions in the History of Art History, 1879–1914”
Exhibition review of "Grete Marks: When Modern Was Degenerate," Milwaukee Art Museum, September 2012–February 2013, The Journal of Modern Craft 7:1 (March 2014). (forthcoming)
“Ideal and Material Ornament: Rethinking the 'Beginnings' and History of Art,” Journal of Art Historiography 9 (December 2013). (forthcoming)
“Anfänge der Kunst und die Kunst der Naturvölker. Kunstwissenschaft um 1900,” in Image Match: Visueller Transfer, “Imagescapes” und Intervisualität in globalen Bild-Kulturen, ed., Martina Baleva, Ingeborg Reichle and Oliver Lerone Schultz (Munich: Wilhelm Fink, 2012).
Book Review of Elizabeth C. Mansfield, ed., Making Art History: A Changing Discipline and its Institutions, caa.reviews (http://caareviews.org), 28 April 2010.    
2009–2011, Andrew W. Mellon Predoctoral Fellowship, Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
2009–2010, DAAD (Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst/German Academic Exchange Service) Research Grant, Germany 
2007–2008, Fulbright Fellowship, Germany        
2006, University of Southern California, Visual Studies Graduate Certificate, Graduate Student Research Grant


Jennifer Black
Assistant Professor of History, Misericordia University 

“Branding trust: Advertising, trademarks, and the problem of legitimacy in the United States, 1876—1920”
Selected Publications:
Landmarks in the History of Mechanical Engineering (forthcoming from ASME Press, Jun. 2014).
“Corporate Calling Cards: Advertising Trade Cards and Logos in the US, 1876-1890.” Journal of American Culture 32, no. 4 (2009): 291-306.
2012 Roberta Persinger Foulke Graduate Research Fellowship (USC)
2011 USC History Department Research Award
2010 USC College of Arts & Sciences, Summer Dissertation Research & Writing Award


Mark Braude
Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Stanford University (Humanities + Design)

"Spinning Wheels: Cosmopolitanism, Mobility, and Media in Monaco, 1855-1956”
Book Reviews: ‘Modernism in the Rearview: Looking Back at Looking Forward.’ Review of Kevin Jackson, Constellation of Genius: 1922: Modernism Year One (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2013). The Daily Beast. September 2013.
Review of Mary McAuliffe, Dawn of the Belle Époque: The Paris of Monet, Zola, Bernhardt, Eiffel, Debussy, Clemenceau, and Their Friends (Rowman and Littlefield, 2011). Contemporary French Civilization. Vol 38.2., July 2013.
Edward T. Gargan Prize, Western Society for French History
Anne Friedberg Memorial Grant
USC College Doctoral Fellowship

Jih-Fei Cheng
Assistant Professor in the Department of Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Scripps College

“Queer Visibilities: Race, Gender, and Viral Ways of Seeing” 
2012, American Studies and Ethnicity Travel Grant, University of Southern California
2011-2012, New Directions Seminar Fellow, Center for Feminist Research University of Southern California
2008-2013, College Merit Award, University of Southern California
2001-2002, Tritia Toyota Fellowship, University of California, Los Angeles
2000-2001, Graduate Opportunity Fellowship, University of California, Los Angeles
1998-1999, Marx-Marshall Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual Scholarship, University of California, San Diego

Catherine Clark
Assistant Professor of French Studies in Foreign Languages & Literatures, MIT

“Photography as History: Collecting, Narrating, and Preserving Paris, 1870-1970”
“‘C’était Paris en 1970:’ Urbanism, Amateur Photography, and Photographic History,” forthcoming in Études photographiques, 2013.
“Chinese Idols and Religious Art: Questioning Difference in Cérémonies et Coutumes,” in The First Global Vision of Religion: Bernard Picart’s Religious Ceremonies and Customs of All the Peoples of the World, edited by Lynn Hunt, Margaret Jacob and Wijnand Mijnhardt, (Los Angeles: Getty Research Institute), 2010.
2013, Lawrence R. Schehr Memorial Award for her essay, “The Vidéothèque de Paris, Archive of the Future."
2011, Grant from the Peter E. Palmquist Memorial Fund for Historical Photographic Research, Humboldt Area Foundation, California
2009-2010, Bourse Chateaubriand (Dissertation Research Fellowship), French Government

 Meredith Drake


Curtis Fletcher
Program Specialist, University of Southern California

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Matthew Fox-Amato
Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow, Modeling Interdisciplinary Inquiry Program, Washington University in St. Louis 

“Exposing Humanity: Slavery, Antislavery, and Early Photography in America, 1839-1865"
Exposing Humanity: Slavery, Antislavery, and Early Photography in America, 1839-1865 (book manuscript in progress)
“Enduring Images: How Antebellum Slaves Used Photographs,” in the Harvard Peabody Museum Daguerreotype Project, eds. Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham, Deborah Willis, Molly Rogers, and Ilisa Barbash (forthcoming).
Invited Author Interview, Forum on Recent Dissertations, Journal of American History Blog (forthcoming spring 2015)
“An Abolitionist Daguerreotype, 1850,” in Getting the Picture: The Visual Culture of the News, eds. Vanessa R. Schwartz and Jason Hill (forthcoming Feb. 2015, Bloomsbury Press).
“Eyewitnessing and Slavery.” Review of Maurie D. McInnis, Slaves Waiting for Sale: Abolitionist Art and the American Slave Trade. Common-place, Vol. 13, No. 1.5, November 2012.
10 articles in Peter C. Mancall, ed., Encyclopedia of Native American History (New York: Facts on File, Inc., 2011).
The Zuckerman Prize in American Studies, Dissertation Award, The McNeil Center for Early American Studies, 2014 (Recipient)
C. Vann Woodward Dissertation Prize, Southern Historical Association, 2014 (Runner-up)
Mellon Research Fellowship, Massachusetts Historical Society, 2013
Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship, 2012-2013
Mellon Fellowship for Dissertation Research in Original Sources, Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR), 2011-2012
Jay and Deborah Last Fellowship, American Antiquarian Society, 2011
Anne Friedberg Memorial Grant, USC Visual Studies Graduate Committee, 2011
Research Fellowship, Frances S. Summersell Center for the Study of the South, University of Alabama, 2011
Mellon Research Fellowship, Virginia Historical Society, 2011
Research Fellowship, Clements Center-DeGolyer Library, Southern Methodist University, 2011
Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship, Social Science Research Council, 2009
Summer Research Fellowship, USC Visual Studies Graduate Committee, 2009
Professionalization Initiative Grant, USC College of Arts and Sciences, 2008
Graduate Fellowship, USC College of Arts and Sciences, 2007-2012
College Doctoral Fellow, USC College of Arts and Sciences (awarded to 12 graduate students each year in all USC doctoral programs), 2007-2012
Harvard College Research Program Fellowship, Harvard College, 2005
John Patterson Traveling Fellowship, Harvard College, 2004

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Sarah Fried-Gintis

Program Manager, USC Kaufman School of Dance, University of Southern California 

Veena Hariharan
Assistant Professor, Cinema Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University

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Jason Hill
Assistant Professor of Art History, University of Delaware

“Artist as Reporter: The PM News Picture, 1940-1948”
Co-editor, with Elisa Schaar, “American Art and Mass Media: Commentaries,” with essays by François Brunet, Ursula Frohne, Jason LaFountain, Nenette Luarca-Shoaf, Michael Lobel, and Richard Meyer, American Art 27.2 (Summer 2013).
“Training a Sensibility: Notes on American Art and Mass Media,” with Elisa Schaar, American Art 27.2 (Summer 2013), 2-9.
2014, Tyson Scholars Fellowship, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art
2011-13, Terra Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow in American Art at the Institut National d’Histoire de l’Art, Paris
2009-10, Patricia and Phillip Frost Predoctoral Fellowship at the Smithsonian American Art Museum

Brian Jacobson
Assistant Professor of Film and History, University of Toronto 

“Studios Before the System: Architecture, Technology, and Early Cinema”
[winner of the 2013 Society for Cinema and Media Studies Dissertation Award]
“Infrastructure and Intermediality: Network Archaeology at Gaumont’s Cité Elgé,” Amodern: A Journal on Media, Culture, and Poetics (forthcoming, 2013)
“The Black Maria: Film Studio, Film Technology (Cinema and the History of Technology),” History and Technology 27.2 (2011), 233-241.
Fulbright (France) (2009-2010)
Social Science Research Council, International Dissertation Research Fellowship (2009-2010)
Bourse Chateaubriand (declined)

J. Carlos Kase
Assistant Professor, Film Studies, University of North Carolina Wilmington

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Chera Kee
Assistant Professor, English, Wayne State University

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Katherine Kerrigan 

“Cataloguing Critique: Experimental Forms of Documentation in American Art, 1970-1977”

Anca Lasc
Assistant Professor of History and Theory of Design, Pratt Institute, Fall 2013 to the present 

“Before Art Nouveau: The Invention, Commercialization, and Display of the Modern Interior in Nineteenth-Century France”
French Connections: Design, Mass Media and the Modern Interior, 1770-1970, co-edited with Georgina Downey and Mark Taylor, under contract with Bloomsbury Publishing, forthcoming 2014.
The Nineteenth-Century Interior as Space and Image: Modern Art and the Decorative Impulse, edited volume, under consideration by Ashgate Publishing.
NEH Summer Institute Fellow at the Bard Graduate Center (American Material Culture: 19th Century New York), Summer 2013
Council of Trustees Presidential Faculty Development Grant for 2012-2013, Shippensburg University, Spring 2013
Center for Faculty Excellence in Scholarship and Teaching (CFEST) Travel Grant, Shippensburg University, 2012-2013

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Aleca Le Blanc
Assistant Professor of Art History, University of California, Riverside 

“Tropical Modernisms: Art and architecture in Rio de Janeiro in the 1950s”

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Ana Lee
Assistant Professor in Luso Brazilian Studies in the Department of Latin American and Iberian Cultures, Columbia University

"The Shards of China in Brazilian and Cuban Literature and Visual Culture, 1847-1889" 

USC PhD Merit Fellow
Mellon/Sawyer Seminars Graduate Fellow, 2013-2014   
Fulbright Award, 2013-2014   
Center for Law, History and Culture , 2012-2013   
Center for Transpacific Studies Fellow, 2012-2013   
Visual Studies Research Institute Research Grant, 2012-2013   
Foreign Languages and Area Studies (declined), 2009-2010

Ryan Linkof
Assistant Curator, Photography Department, LACMA

“The Public Eye: Celebrity and Photojournalism in the Making of the British Tabloids, 1904-1938”
“Gross Intrusions: Sensation and the Perverse Allure of Scandal Journalism in 1930s British Film,” forthcoming in Media History (Winter 2013).
“‘These young men who come down from Oxford and write gossip’: Tabloid Gossip, Homosexuality, and the Logic of Revelation in the Interwar Popular Press,” in British Queer History: New Approaches and Perspectives, forthcoming with Manchester University Press, 2013
Ralph M. Parsons Curatorial Fellowship in the Wallis Annenberg Photography Department, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 2011-2012
Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship, Social Science Research Council, Summer 2007

Ioana Literat
Assistant Professor in the Communication, Media and Learning Technologies Design (CMLTD) program at Teachers College, Columbia University

"Crowdsourced Art: Activating Creative Participation in Online Spaces"

Provost Fellowship
Phi Kappa Phi Student Recognition Award

 Annie Manion

Rachel Middleman
Assistant Professor of Art History, Utah State University

"A New Eros: Sexuality in Women's Art before the Feminist Art Movement" (2010)
“Anita Steckel’s Feminist Montage: Merging Politics, Art, and Life,” Woman’s Art Journal 34, no. 1 (spring/summer 2013), p. 21-29
“A Feminist Avant-Garde: Martha Edelheit’s ‘Erotic Art’ in the 1960s,” Konsthistorisk Tidskrift special issue “On the Cusp of Feminism: Women Artists in the Sixties” (accepted for publication)
Henry Luce Foundation/ACLS Dissertation Fellowship in American Art, 2009-2010

Leta Ming
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Art History and the Visual Arts, Occidental College

 “Tom Marioni and the Museum of Conceptual Art, San Francisco (1978–1979)”

Anjali Nath
Assistant Professor of Sociology, Anthropology and Media Studies,  Center for American Studies and Research, American University of Beirut

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Patricia Nelson

"Crossing Over: Comedy and Lesbian Identity in American Popular Culture"

English Department Conference Travel Award. University of Southern California, 2011, 2012, 2014
Visual Studies Summer Research Grant. University of Southern California, 2013
Louise Kerckhoff Prize in Gender Studies. University of Southern California, 2012
English Department Summer Fellowship. University of Southern California, 2012
College Doctoral Fellowship. University of Southern California, 2010-2015

Younjung Oh
Visiting Assistant Professor of East Asian Art, History of Art and Architecture, University of Oregon

“Art into the Everyday Life: The Department Store as a Conveyor of Culture in Modern Japan” 


Meredith Drake Reitan
Assistant Dean, Fellowships, The Graduate School, University of Southern California

“Rhetoric of representation: Planning Los Angeles' civic space, 1909—2009”

Selected Publications:
“Regulating Visual Blight”, “The City as Textbook”, “Tinker Toy Urbanism”, “The Politics of Food and Culture”, “Planning a Great Civic Park” and “Finding Public Space on Private Beaches” (2012), Planning Los Angeles, David C. Sloane, Editor, APA Planners Press, Chicago
“Historic Preservation Overlay Zones in Los Angeles: Progressive Tools for Neighborhood Development?” (2007), Hoffnungsträger Zivilgesellschaft? Governance, Nonprofits und Stadtentwicklung in den Metropolenregionen der USA, Uwe Altrock, Heike Hoffmann, Barbara Schönig, Editors Reihe Planungsrundschau, Berlin

ACSP Student Scholar’s Travel Award Jun 2010
Haynes Award, Historical Society of Southern California May 2010
University Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award Apr 2010

Jennifer Reynolds-Kaye
Post-Doctoral Fellow, Yale University Art Gallery

"Contemporary Pre-Columbian" 

USC Graduate School Dissertation Completion Fellowship, Fall 2013-Spring 2014
Del Amo Foundation Research Award, Summer 2012
Resisting the Path to Genocide Summer Research Fellowship, Summer 2012
Visual Studies Graduate Certificate Summer Fellowship, Summer 2011
Dean Joan Metcalf Schaefer Scholarship, 2009-2010 and 2011-2012
Jewel Gala – Friends of Fine Arts Fellowship, Summer 2009

Bella Honess Roe
Programme Director for Film Studies, University of Surrey: School of Arts, Film Studies Programme

“Animating documentary”
Selected Publications:
Animated Documentary. Palgrave Macmillan (2013)
‘Uncanny Indexes: Rotoshopped interviews as documentary,’ Animation: An Interdisciplinary Journal vol 7.1 (March, 2012) pp 26 - 38
Shortlisted for Best Article in a Refereed Journal, British Association of Film, Television and Screen Studies Awards 2012 (for ‘Absence, Excess and Epistemological Expansion: Towards a framework for the study of animated documentary,’ Animation: An Interdisciplinary Journal vol. 6.3 (November, 2011) pp 215 – 230))
University of Southern California, Los Angeles, USA School of Cinematic Arts, Mary Pickford Scholarship, 2005-2006, 2008-2009
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Jennifer Rosales
Director of Research, Assessment and Operations, Community Arts Partnership, California Institute of the Arts

Stefanie Snider
Adjunct Professor, The Art Institute of Pittsburgh Online Division

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Lida Mary Sunderland

Jia Tan
Assistant Professor, Academy of Film, School of Communication, Hong Kong Baptist University

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Amy Von Lintel
Assistant Professor of Art History, West Texas A&M University, 2010 to present

“Surveying the Field: The Popular Origins of Art History in Nineteenth-­‐Century Britain and France”
Selected Publications:
“The Clara Waters Papers and the Audiences of Popular Art History,” Princeton University Library Chronicle (forthcoming, 2014).
“A Touching Experience: The Remnant Trust at WTAMU,” The Remnant Review, (forthcoming, 2014).
“Wood Engravings, ‘The Marvellous Spread of Illustrated Publications,’ and the History of Art,” Modernism/modernity. Vol. 19, no. 3 (2012), 515-­‐42.
Faculty-­‐Led Study Abroad Site Visit Grant, WTAMU, 2012, $3000
Friends of the Princeton University Library, Visiting Scholar Research Grant, Summer 2012, $3400
Faculty Development Research Grant, WTAMU, Summer 2011, $1500

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Katherine Wells
Assistant Professor of Art History, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee 

“Modernism’s Other Tableau: Tapestry in the Twentieth Century.”

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Genevieve Yue
Assistant Professor in Screen and New Media Studies, Department of Culture and Media (2013–present)

“Medusan Optics: Film, Feminism, and the Forbidden Image”
Selected Publications:
“Hair, Horror, and the Generic Image: Nakata Hideo’s Ringu,” Ecce 3 (Spring 2012)
“Two Sleeping Beauties,” Film Quarterly 65 no. 3 (Spring 2012)
“Lost At Sea: Intermedial Encounters in the Films of Janie Geiser,” Grey Room 36 (Summer 2009)
Juror, The Milwaukee Underground Film Festival (May 3–5, 2013)
Juror, invited, Associated Colleges of the Twin Cities Student Film Festival (2012)
Film Comment Critics’ Poll (2008–present), including End of the Decade and End of the Decade for Avant-Garde Film and Video (2010)

Upcoming Events

Summer MDA 599: Atlas Fever: From the Wunderkammer to the Database


Registration is now open for the USC VSRI-affiliated summer seminar taught by W. J. T. Mitchell (University of Chicago) and Justin Underhill (University of Southern California). The seminar, titled "Atlas Fever: From the Wunderkammer to the Database," will be held at the Getty Research Institute. What is involved in trying to comprehend a totality with a visual array? This seminar will investigate practices of visual display that construct totalizing assemblages of multiple images, texts, and objects in order to provide a comprehensive understanding of a situation, period, or body of knowledge. For a full course description, see here.





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