Faculty & Staff

Media and Cultural Studies faculty include media and film studies professors assigned to the department as well as professors in disciplines in the divisions of Humanities and Social Sciences and other interdisciplinary departments who teach cultural studies, film studies, humanities, and media studies. Faculty are engaged in active research programs that may offer opportunities for student assistance or collaboration.

MCS Faculty

MCS Staff

Contributing Faculty

  • A. Kiarina Kordela A. Kiarina Kordela
    Professor, German and Russian Studies
    Director of the Critical Theory concentration, focuses on philosophy, intellectual history, critical political economy, psychoanalysis, comparative literature, political theory, film theory, and biopolitics

  • David Martyn David Martyn
    Professor, German and Russian Studies
    Focuses on comparative literature, literary theory, culture from the 18th century to the present, philosophy, and literature written in German by “foreign”-language authors

  • David Chioni Moore David Chioni Moore
    Associate Professor, International Studies and English
    Literary interactions in the Black Atlantic world, notably Africa, the Caribbean, and African America; post-colonial and/as the post-Soviet; comparative literature; cultural theory; globalization.

  • J. Andrew Overman J. Andrew Overman
    Harry M. Drake Distinguished Professor in the Humanities and Fine Arts

  • Jane Rhodes Jane Rhodes
    Professor of American Studies, Department Chair

  • Khaldoun Samman Khaldoun Samman
    Professor of Sociology
    Focuses on world historical-comparative and urban sociology, globalization, sociology of religion, and modes of identities in the Middle East

  • Sonita Sarker (On sabbetical spring semester 2016) Sonita Sarker (On sabbetical spring semester 2016)
    Professor Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and English
    Feminist and literary theories; cultural studies of globalization as it intersects with nationalism, democracy, and imperialism; "minoritized" literatures, with a transnational comparative basis in Western Europe and Asia.

  • Linda Schulte-Sasse Linda Schulte-Sasse
    DeWitt Professor and Chair of German Studies

  • Beth Severy-Hoven Beth Severy-Hoven
    Professor and Chair

  • Joëlle Vitiello Joëlle Vitiello
    Professor, French and Francophone Studies
    Focuses on 20th-century French, francophone, and Haitian literature, culture, and cinema; postcolonial identities, violence, and genocide in the francophone world

  • James Von Geldern James Von Geldern
    Russian and International Studies, and Chair of Russian Studies
    Russian and Soviet popular culture and cultural history; comparative studies in revolutions and commemoration; international law and legal frameworks; cultural studies.

  • Chris Wells Chris Wells
    Associate Professor of Environmental Studies, Associate Director of the Jan Serie Center for Scholarship and Teaching
    Environmental history