Josie Torres Barth

Teaching Assistant Professor, English
Office: 248 Tompkins 

Dr. Josie Torres Barth's classes explore themes of space, gender, technology, and social change across media. At NC State, she has taught Introduction to Film Studies, both classes in the global Film History sequence, and courses on such topics as the gothic horror film, media fantasies in film, and the science-fiction/horror anthology TV program The Twilight Zone. Her research examines how forms of audience address in postwar television, film, and radio demonstrate changing conceptions of public and private spheres, and thus anxieties surrounding the ambiguous position of women in the growing consumer economy and U.S. society broadly. Her work has appeared in Camera Obscura: Feminism, Culture, and Media Studies and is forthcoming in the edited collection Contemporary American Prestige Television: Cultural and Artistic Value in the Multiplatform Era (Rutgers University Press). Before attending graduate school, she worked as a freelance art director for film and television in New York. Dr. Barth earned her Ph.D. in Cultural Studies in 2019 from McGill University’s Department of English, where she received two teaching awards. She serves as the faculty advisor for the Student Film Society.  

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Susan Emshwiller

Lecturer, English
Office: 305 Tompkins

Susan Emshwiller is a writer and director for both screen and stage and has worked in the Hollywood film industry for many years. Ms. Emshwiller has written many screenplays including for the Academy-Award winning film “Pollock” for actor/director Ed Harris. As a set decorator she worked with directors such as David Mamet and Robert Altman. In“The Player” she was also a featured actress. Having worked as a writer, director, producer, actor, editor, and set decorator, she brings real world experience to her screenwriting classes and practical knowledge of the process of getting words from the page to the screen. Before moving to North Carolina, Ms. Emshwiller taught screenwriting for several years at The Met Theatre in Los Angeles. She has won awards for her scripts, short films, PSAs, music videos, commercials, and feature film “In the Land of Milk and Money.” Her published works include the plays "Dominoes" and “Defrosting Popsicles.”

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Marsha Gordon

Professor, English
Office: 257 Tompkins; 515-4164

Dr. Gordon is director of the Film Studies program but is not teaching during the 2020-2021 academic year as she completes a book project with the support of a NEH Public Scholar Award.

Since joining the film studies faculty in 2002, Dr. Marsha Gordon has taught courses in Women & Film, 1950s American Film, Studio Era Hollywood, Warner Bros. in the Golden Age, Cinema Stylists: Nicholas Ray, Douglas Sirk, Sam Fuller, The Musical, History of Film to 1940, African American Film, International Crime Film, Introduction to Film, Film & Literature, War Documentaries, and The American War Film. Her research interests include stardom and movie fan culture through the studio era; the birth and decline of the Hollywood studio system; Sam Fuller, Ida Lupino, and other independent filmmakers of the 1940s and 1950s; orphan films, especially of the educational variety; and the intersections between film and other art forms, such as literature.

Dr. Gordon’s Film is Like a Battleground: Sam Fuller’s War Movies was published in February 2017 by Oxford University Press. She is also the co-editor, with Dr. Allyson Nadia Field (University of Chicago), of Screening Race in American Nontheatrical Filma collection of essays published in 2019 with Duke University Press. She is also the author of Hollywood Ambitions: Celebrity in the Movie Age (2008) and numerous articles in such journals as The Velvet Light TrapHistorical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, Film Quarterly, Cinema Journal, and The Moving Image. She is the co-editor of Learning With the Lights Off: Educational Film in the United States (Oxford University Press, 2012). Dr. Gordon is a former co-editor The Moving Image (University of Minnesota Press), the Journal of the Association of Moving Image Archivists. Dr. Gordon has a monthly show, "Movies on the Radio," with Laura Boyes & Frank Stasio, on 91.5/WUNC's The State of Things.

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Andrew R. Johnston

Associate Professor, English
Office: 230 Tompkins; 919-515-4150

Dr. Johnston is on leave for the fall 2020 semester and will return in spring 2021.
Dr. Johnston teaches in the Film Studies Program and is the Associate Director for the PhD program in Communication, Rhetoric, and Digital Media. His research and teaching areas include film history and theory, animation, avant-garde film, color aesthetics, media archaeology, and areas of the digital humanities such as the history of computational technologies and digital archives. His recent book, Pulses of Abstraction: Episodes from a History of Animation (University of Minnesota Press, 2020), is a theoretical and historical investigation of abstract animation in cinema and computational media from the 1950s through the 1970s. Examining a rich array of techniques—including etching directly onto the filmstrip, immersive colored-light spectacles, rapid montage sequences, and digital programming—Pulses of Abstraction uncovers important epistemological shifts around film and related media. He has also written a series of articles about the historical development of Computer-Generated Imagery from the 1960s through the 1980s and methods of archiving and transcoding these works on contemporary platforms. His current research investigates the history of Artificial Intelligence from the mid-twentieth century.

Dr. Johnston has a PhD in Cinema and Media Studies from the University of Chicago. In addition to his book, his research on film history, aesthetic theory, media archaeology, and avant-garde film has appeared in books and journals such as Animating Film Theory, Color and the Moving ImageAnimation: Behind the Silver Screen, and Discourse: Journal for Theoretical Studies in Media and Culture, and the forthcoming edited volume Hardwired Temporalities: Media Infrastructures and the Politics of Digital Time.
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John Paul Stadler

Teaching Assistant Professor, English
Office: 225 Tompkins

Dr. John Paul Stadler is a film and media scholar and fiction writer. His research and teaching centers on the role of various media in shaping modern notions of gender and sexuality, particularly with regard to queer and transgender subjectivities. In his current project, Pornographesis: Sex, Media and Gay Culture, he explores the historical force, technological forms, and sexual politics of gay pornography in order to correct a blind spot in the story sexuality studies tells about contemporary gay life. By paying close attention to the narrative structures, cultural positions, and reception practices of gay pornography since the 1960s, he makes the case for the centrality of erotic media in understanding the historical formation of gay identity in the United States. Dr. Stadler's scholarship has appeared in or is forthcoming in SynoptiqueDeep MediationsPorn StudiesFeminist Media Histories, The Journal of Cinema and Media Studies (née Cinema Journal), Polygraph, Art + Documentation, and Jump Cut: A Review of Contemporary Media. In 2016, his fiction chapbook Prehistoric was published by The Cupboard Pamphlet. He serves as the faculty advisor to Wolfpack Pictures, the film collective and screening series run by MA Film Studies students.  

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Jim Alchediak

Senior Lecturer, Communication
Office: 101-A Winston Hall; (919) 515-9740

Professor Alchediak has taught a variety of media courses since joining the Communication Department in 1979. An active educational video producer, his geography series Living in Our World has been distributed internationally. Professor Alchediak regularly teaches Video Production (Com 334) and Advanced Video Production (Com 437).
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Wilton Barnhardt

Director of Creative Writing and Associate Professor, English
Office: 276 Tompkins; (919) 515-4129

Dr. Barnhardt is the author of three novels (Show World, Gospel, and Emma Who Saved My Life) and numerous short stories and essays. He teaches screenwriting (Eng 433) and advanced screenwriting (Eng 492).
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Patrick FitzGerald

Associate Professor, Art & Design
Office: 276 Tompkins; (919) 515-4129

Professor FitzGerald's multimedia work has been exhibited across the United States and Japan. As director of the IntelliMedia Initiative for the College of Design at NCSU, FitzGerald's research and teaching span the full range of multimedia production, from digital video to interactive 3D animation.  Professor FitzGerald has received national and international awards for his digital illustrations. He teaches Digital Imaging (ADN 219) and an Animation Seminar (ADN 289).
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Nathaniel Isaacson

Assistant Professor,
Foreign Languages and Literatures

Nathaniel Isaacson is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literature, where he teaches courses in Chinese language, Chinese cultural studies, literature and cinema. His research interests include Chinese science fiction, intellectual history, and visual culture. Nathaniel's current research focuses on science fiction cinema and cultural production in the post-Mao era. His forthcoming article, "Media and Messages: Blurred Visions of Nation and Science in 'Death Ray on a Coral Island,'" which examines the many media incarnations of Tong Enzheng's post-socialist Sci-Fi thriller, will appear in Simultaneous Worlds: Global Science Fiction Cinema.
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Jorge Mari

Associate Professor,
Foreign Languages and Literatures
Office: Withers 217

Dr. Marí's research has focused mostly on 20th & 21st-centuries Spanish cultural studies and Spanish cinema, as well as intermedial studies (film-lit interactions) and Spain-U.S. relations. He is the author of Lecturas espectaculares (2003), a book on the manifestations of cinema in the contemporary Spanish novel, and has recently co-edited Ventanas sobre el Atlántico (2011), a volume of essays on the political, artistic, and cultural relations of Spain and the U.S.A. Dr. Marí has taught at Duke University and at the Université de Lyon (France) and has lectured internationally on Spanish culture, literature, and Trans- Atlantic cinemas (Spanish, Latin American, and U.S.). He has been a member of the organizing committee of the Latin American Film & Video festival of North Carolina since 1997. He is currently working on a volume on contemporary Spanish Thriller & Horror films.
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Devin Orgeron

Retired/Emeritus Professor, English

Devin Orgeron is the author of Road Movies: From Muybridge and Melies to Lynch and Kiarostami (2008). His articles have appeared in Cinema Journal, The Velvet Light Trap, The Moving Image, The Journal of Film and Video, CineAction, College Literature, Post Script, and Film Quarterly. He is the co-editor of Learning With the Lights Off: Educational Film in the United States, (Oxford University Press, 2012). Dr. Orgeron is the former co-editor of The Moving Image (University of Minnesota Press), the Journal of the Association of Moving Image Archivists.

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Sarah Stein

Associate Professor, Communication
Office: 201 Winston ; (919) 515-2450

Prior to joining the faculty at NCSU in 1995, Dr. Stein worked in documentary filmmaking for 25 years and has edited a number of award winning films, including two that won Academy Awards and one that won an Emmy. She has taught film production at NYU's film school and at the University of Iowa.  Dr. Stein regularly teaches Introduction to Film Production (Com 344), which is a requirement for Film Studies majors.
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