Associate Professor of Film Studies
B.A. Harvard University, Ph.D. New York University
Director of Film Studies Program
Alexandra Keller is the associate professor of
Film Studies. She received her B.A. in Art History from Harvard and her Ph.D. in Cinema
Studies from NYU. She specializes in the American Western, cinema and the postmodern,
avant-garde and experimental film, and
the relationship between cinema and other forms
of artistic and cultural production,
and has published work on all of these topics.
She is the author of James Cameron (Routledge). Her next book is The Endless Frontier:
Westerns and American Identity from Reagan to Bush II. She is also working on projects
about consumer culture and cinema in 1950s America and the connections and disconnections
between experimental moving
image practices in the context of galleries and museums
and more traditional exhibition sites. She annually teaches the Introduction to Film
class and the Seminar in Film Theory, and also teaches classes on Global Cinema, Women
and Cinema, the avant-garde and
visual culture, the Western, and a series of classes
on American film and culture from the invention of cinema to the present.
Professor of Italian Language and Literature and Comparative Literature
Anna Botta teaches literary theory, modern and postmodern literatures, and Italian literature and cinema. At present, she is investigating new forms of social space in contemporary environments and the changing conceptions of European citizenship and Mediterranean identity. She has written on the cinema of Pier Paolo Pasolini, Ferzan Ozpetek and recent Italian films representing the condition of illegal immigrants. Her Italian cinema course “Style Matters: The Power of the Aesthetic in Italian Cinema” analyzes the cinematic dialogue between neorealism and stylized aetheticism which has characterized Italian cinema from Rossellini’s Open City to today’s portrayal of immigrants.
Professor of French Language and Literature
B.A. Yale University, Ph.D. Duke University
Dawn Fulton is an associate professor in the department of French Studies. Her primary research area is the literature of Francophone Caribbean, with particular emphasis on novelists from French Overseas Departments. In addition to courses on French language and Francophone literature, she regularly teaches courses on French and Francophone cinema, including Africa and Europe on Screen and Cities of Light: Urban Spaces in Francophone Film.
Helen and Laura Shedd Professor of English and Film Studies
B.A. Pomona College, B.A. University of Bristol, Ph.D. Yale University
Jefferson Hunter has been on the Smith faculty since 1980. He teaches courses in twentieth-century British literature and, in the area of film, British Film and Television, Screen Comedy, Film and Music, and First Year Seminars on Adaptation and Shakespeare and Film . He regularly reviews classic films on DVD for the Hopkins Review, and his book English Filming, English Writing appeared in spring 2010.
B.A. Smith College
M.A. The New School
Lokeilani Kaimana teaches Queer Cinema/Queer Media and Film Theory at Smith, and is a doctoral candidate in the Radio-Television-Film Department at the University of Texas at Austin. She has worked as an editor for flowtv, as a contributing member for English and Third World Literature Review of Books, and currently serves as part of the editorial collective for The Velvet Light Trap. Her research and teaching interests include queer cinema and media studies, the american/transnational avant-garde, women of color feminisms and theoretical praxis, and dystopian camp aesthetics. Lokei's dissertation pays attention to the multitextual cinemascapes of Julie Dash, Shu Lea Cheang, Tracey Moffatt, and Tina Takemoto, and her work can be found in Film & History, online at flowtv.org, and forthcoming in Black Cinema Aesthetics Revisited.
Professor of Art
A.B., A.M. University of Southern California, A.M. University of Michigan,
Ph.D. Harvard University
Professor Kellum offers courses in ancient Mediterranean art and architecture as well as
art historical methods and themes in film and art history. Her field of scholarly expertise is the visual culture of the ancient Roman world. Her publications focus on everything from imperial building complexes to the shop signs and graffiti of Pompeii.
Assistant Professor of Theatre
Daniel Elihu Kramer teaches directing and acting at Smith College. Much of his recent
work has focused on new play development and adaptations, and on contemporary production of Shakespeare, including film. In 2009, he completed his first feature film, Kitchen Hamlet, a contemporary setting of Shakespeare's Hamlet. He received a 2007
Elliot Norton Award (the Boston area theatre awards) for Outstanding Production for A Midsummer Night's Dream at Boston Theatre Works. In 2008, his production of The Pillowman at the Contemporary American Theatre Company received awards for Best Production and Best Direction.
McPherson Post-doctoral Fellow in Film and New Media
B.A. Oberlin College, Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley
Jennifer Malkowski received her Ph.D. in Film and Media from the University of California, Berkeley in 2011. Her research and teaching interests include new media (especially Internet video, electronic games, and social media), documentary, gender and sexuality, American media culture, and death and dying. Her book manuscript, Dying in Full Detail: Mortality and Digital Documentary, focuses on documenting death, how the development
of video and digital technologies has altered that practice, and how the temporalities of death and digital media are mutually informing. She has published on the online circulation of death footage in Jump Cut, on ethnographic documentary in Film Quarterly, and on YouTube parodies of Brokeback Mountain’s theatrical trailer in the anthology Queers in American Popular Culture.
Five College Visiting Artist in Film Studies
Bernadine Mellis' short films include Born, The Golden Pheasant, and Farm-In-The-City, a collaboration with EE Miller. Bernadine's father's role as lead attorney in Earth First! activist Judi Bari's civil case against the FBI prompted her to make The Forest For The Trees, her first documentary. Bernadine also directed The Odyssey, a collaborative adaptation of Homer's 24-chapter epic, made up of 24 shorts by 24 different mostly queer/trans/lady filmmakers. She is currently in production on a documentary about children of the New
Left tentatively called Struggle Baby. Bernadine teaches film and video in the Five Colleges. Her films can be found on
Professor of English Language and Literature
B.A. Harvard College
M.A., M.Phil and Ph.D. degrees, Yale University.
Professor Millington is the author of Practicing Romance: Narrative Form and Cultural Engagement in Hawthorne's Fiction (Princeton, 1992), and of essays on Hawthorne and Willa Cather; he co-edited Hitchcock's America (Oxford, 1999), which includes his essay
on North by Northwest. In addition to offering a range of introductory classes, Professor Millington teaches courses in American literature and American studies.
Assistant Professor of Art
B.A. Edinburgh College of Art
M.F.A. University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada.
Professor Stables works in photography and video. His artwork utilizes conventions of documentary and performance in order to explore the image/narrative identities that one constructs and assumes. His work has been exhibited in museums and galleries in the U.S., Canada, and Europe, and he was an artist-in-residence in the Core Program (MFA, Houston). Fraser is co-founder of Atopic Projects, an arts organization that initiates exhibitions and publications. He has taught photography and digital media classes at
Brown University, Rice University, and Glassell School of Art. He is represented by Devin Borden Hiram Butler gallery in Houston, and Georgia Scherman Projects in Toronto.
Associate Professor of Art
B.A., M.A. University of Sydney, Australia, Ph.D. Cornell University
Frazer Ward teaches courses on the history of contemporary art and architecture.
Current research interests, reflected in recent publications, include performance art of
the 1960s and 1970s, the implications of new imaging technologies, and the status of art in contemporary public spheres.
Assistant Professor of German Studies
B.A. University of Michigan, Ph.D. Harvard University
Joel Westerdale teaches courses on German film, including Nazi Film and Weimar Cinema.
In addition, films play a significant role in many of the literature, culture and language courses he teaches in the German Studies Department, including All About Evil and Sex,
Coffeehouses. Particular interests include early horror, the cinema of attractions, and mass culture.