Faculty and Staff
Cinema and Media Studies
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John Schott teaches courses in Site-Specific Media, Digital Photography, Graphic Design and Film and Visual Studies. Every other spring term he leads a popular off-campus studies program exploring New Media practice and theory in Europe.
Chair of Cinema and Media Studies
Carol Donelan teaches Film History I and II, Film Genres, Film Noir, The Melodramatic Imagination, Moviegoing and Film Exhibition, and Film Theory. Her research interests include melodrama as a mode of visual storytelling for popular audiences and the cultural history of moviegoing and film exhibition. She has co-curated an exhibition on Modernizing Melodrama in the Carleton Art Gallery and written a book that connects local history with national trends in film distribution and exhibition, Electric Theater: The Emergence of Cinema in Northfield, 1896-1917. Currently she is researching the history of the Audubon Screen Tours and contemplating the strange and surprisingly complex patterns of meaning-making in the Twilight Saga films.
Jay Beck teaches Film History III, Contemporary Global Cinemas, American Cinema of the 1970s, American Film Comedy, Spanish Cinema, Rock ‘n’ Roll in Cinema, Film Sound Studies, and Sound Design. His research includes work on film sound, interdisciplinary sound studies, popular music studies, American cinema, Spanish cinema, genre studies, the Western, film technology, and radio studies. He has recently co-edited two book collections – Lowering the Boom: Critical Studies in Film Sound (with Tony Grajeda) and Contemporary Spanish Cinema and Genre (with Vicente Rodríguez Ortega) – and his dissertation, “A Quiet Revolution: Changes in American Film Sound Practices, 1967-1979,” received the 2004 Society for Cinema and Media Studies Dissertation Award.
Laska Jimsen teaches film production courses in a variety of genres, including Digital Foundations, Nonfiction, Fiction, Animation and Advanced Production Workshop. She works across nonfiction forms from video documentary to artisanal 16mm filmmaking and animation. The 16mm print of her film "Miss Rose Fletcher: A Natural History" has screened at the MadCat, Athens, and Iowa City Experimental film festivals as well as the Moles Not Molars and Emergency reading series in Philadelphia and Structuring Strategies at CalArts. Laska’s credits as Associate Producer and Researcher include programming for the BBC, Channel 4, and PBS, including The American Experience and The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer.
Vern Bailey is a much-admired Professor of English with a passion for film. In the mid-'70s he instituted the first cinema class at Carleton and helped organize the Carleton Film Society. In recent years nearly half the courses he taught were on film history and aesthetics, and many generations of students remember fondly his wonderful auteur classes in Hitchcock, Bergman, Antonioni, Renoir and Capra, among others. Vern taught his last class for the Department in 2004, but is still happy to discuss film. He is sometimes available for consultations in the coffee shop downtown.
Director of Women's and Gender Studies
Professor of Political Science
POSC 203. Political Communication: Election Campaign Advertising and Public Opinion
POSC 204. Media and American Politics: Special Election Edition
POSC 220. Politics and Political History in Film
POSC 303. Political Communication: Election Campaign Advertising and Public Opinion
Chair of Spanish
Chair of Art & Art History
ARTS 140. The Digital Landscape
ARTS 141. Experimental Photography
ARTS 238. Photography I
ARTS 240. Intro to Film and Digital Photo
ARTS 339. Advanced Photo: Digital Imaging
ARTS 340. Advanced Film and Digital Photo