Faculty and Staff
From Communication to Comparative Literature, from Anthropology to Art, faculty in the Interdepartmental Program in Film Studies come from a vast diversity of departments and disciplines in both the Social Sciences and the Humanities and Fine Arts. Film Studies core faculty conduct research and teach courses in national and transnational film, film history and genre, social and political intersections with film and other screen media. Students in the program benefit from faculty who specialize in the art and science of cinema and television production, including documentary filmmaking, screenwriting, cinematography, editing, and studies in photography and the visual arts.
At the helm of the Film Studies program is Catherine Portuges, Director of the Film Studies, Professor of Comparative Literature in the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, Curator of the annual Massachusetts Multicultural Film Festival, and a leading scholar in the study of European and international cinema.
Film Studies staff includes graduate student research assistants who serve as undergraduate advisors for Film Certificate students, program administrators, event planners, and assistant curators of the Massachusetts Multicultural Film Festival. Alice V. Bishko, the brains, brawn, and funny-bone of the Film Studies office, supporting day-to-day operations and serving as a reliable connecting point between our office and students in Film Studies. Undergraduate interns assist with important day-to-day work running the office, helping as liaisons between the program and the student community, and support in organizing events, particularly supporting the many responsibilities involved in mounting the annual Massachusetts Multicultural Film Festival in the spring.