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

Leola Johnson
John Kim
  • John Kim
  • Associate Professor, Media and Cultural Studies
  • Is a theorist and practitioner of new media, with interactive installations at museums and galleries, and a programmer and designer at Internet startups
  • 651-696-6788
Morgan Adamson
  • Morgan Adamson
  • Assistant Professor, Media and Cultural Studies
  • Focuses on film and media theory, documentary and avant-garde cinema, critical theory and cultural studies, film and video production, and critical political economy
  • 651-696-6340
Michael Griffin
Zeynep D. Gürsel
  • Zeynep D. Gürsel
  • Assistant Professor of International Studies, Affiliated faculty of Anthropology & Media and Cultural Studies
  • Global media, visual anthropology, ethnographic and documentary film, cultures of knowledge production especially news and journalism, photography, anthropology of the imagination, politics in everyday life, cultures of work.
  • 651-696-6176
Howard Sinker
Mary Turck
Clay Steinman
Bradley Stiffler

MCS Staff

Jill Gebhardt

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
  • 651-696-6524
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
  • 651-696-6547
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.
  • 651-696-6242
J. Andrew Overman
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
  • 651-696-6845
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.
  • 651-696-6316
Linda Schulte-Sasse
Beth Severy-Hoven
Joëlle Vitiello
  • Joëlle Vitiello
  • Professor
  • Focuses on 20th-21st-century French and francophone literature and culture; Haitian literature and culture; French and Francophone Cinema; Postcolonial identities; Immigration; Violence in France and the francophone world.
  • 651-696-6412
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.
  • 651-696-6568
Chris Wells
  • Chris Wells
  • Associate Professor of Environmental Studies, Associate Director of the Jan Serie Center for Scholarship and Teaching
  • Environmental history
  • 651-696-6803