Teaching

Joel is an extremely wise, kind and caring teacher. I really enjoyed his teaching style. He was able to facilitate discussions in a manner that allowed everyone to be seen and heard at their own pace. He was always available to help answer any of my questions over email and I really appreciated his fast responses and support.

New School student

My goal as an educator is to guide students to think critically about the world and the structures and systems that represent and shape it, developing their own voices as innovative researchers and creative practitioners. I am prepared to teach a wide range of theory and history courses for students of all levels in cinema and media studies, visual culture, and digital media informed by gender and critical race studies, including special topic and concentrated seminars such as personal documentary, media and environment, and Japanese and East Asian cinema, in addition to studio courses in experimental and documentary film and video production. I have gained extensive experience as an instructor through teaching courses at Purchase College, SUNY, in addition to The New School and University of Rochester, including guest lectures at undergraduate and graduate programs, as well as work with community media organizations as an educator—which constitutes both a pedagogical practice and research subject. My commitment to grow as an educator has been supported by the Susan B. Anthony Institute for Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies Teaching Fellowship and is a career-long pursuit I am excited to continue expanding with my rigorous academic research agenda.

Really great course. Gave me enough knowledge and feedback to motivate me to continue making films.

SUNY Purchase student

My research in personal documentary and community media brings a material and historical understanding to the value of people telling their own stories along with an analysis of the structural conditions of those narratives’ circulation as media forms. At a time when the value of arts education is challenged by quantitative professionalism and policies of austerity, my teaching practice stresses the urgency of media studies and independent artistic expression. Media literacy connects personal perception and collective vision, deconstructing assumptions around representations to better understand the histories, technologies, and systems around us. I seek to create liberatory spaces in which research and creative practice provokes questions of not what do I see, but how do I see? What is unseen that nonetheless constitutes my field of vision? These are questions that repeatedly come up in my classrooms discussing the aesthetics and social, economic, and political conditions surrounding the production and circulation of media, and the histories that shape the theory and practice of personal expression through audiovisual forms. These questions lead to exploring methods of formal analysis and media theory for students to integrate into their work, encouraging open-mindedness and critical thinking toward equity and justice.

The professor’s enthusiasm and passion for what he does is contagious.

New School student

Courses Taught

Cinema in the Internet Age (SUNY Purchase, Spring 2020) Syllabus

Introduction to Cinema Studies I (SUNY Purchase, Fall 2019) Syllabus

New Waves of East Asian Cinema (SUNY Purchase, Fall 2019) Syllabus

Introduction to Cinema Studies (The New School, Fall 2018) Syllabus

The Art of Film (The New School, Fall 2018) Syllabus

Experimental Workshop (SUNY Purchase, 2018-2019, 2019-2020) Fall 2018 Syllabus, Spring 2019 Syllabus, Fall 2019 Syllabus, Spring 2020 Syllabus

Women’s Personal Cinema (University of Rochester, Fall 2015) Syllabus

The professor has a great command over the material and inspired me to learn more than any other cinema studies class.

SUNY Purchase student

Testimonials drawn from anonymous student evaluations.