FMS welcomes seven new affiliated faculty members.

In 2018, the Program in Film & Media Studies is proud to welcome seven new affiliated faculty members. In this capacity, they join Todd Decker (Department of Music), Robert Hegel (East Asian Languages and Cultures), Ignacio Sanchez Prado (Department of Romance Languages and Cultures) and Julia Walker (Department of English and Performing Arts Department).

Kurt Beals

Assistant Professor of German
PhD, University of California, Berkeley
Beals focuses on the ways that these movements incorporate, respond to, and reflect on contemporaneous developments in media technologies and information theory. He has written articles on authors including George Grosz, Paul Celan, and Regina Ullmann, and on the filmmaker Hans Richter.

Tili Boon Cuillé

Associate Professor of French and Comparative Literature
Director of Undergraduate Studies in Comparative Arts
Tili Boon Cuillé earned her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature and Literary Theory from the University of Pennsylvania. She is co-convener of the Eighteenth-Century Interdisciplinary Salon, former Faculty Fellow for William Greenleaf Eliot Residential College, and previously served on the MLA Division Executive Committee for Eighteenth-Century French Literature.

Caroline Kita

Assistant Professor of German
PhD, Duke University
Professor Kita is particularly interested in aesthetic philosophy, music and literature, drama and sound studies. Her research has examined religious and cultural identity in the works of Jewish writers and composers in Austria from the turn of the twentieth century to the Second World War, and she has published on the works of Richard Beer-Hofmann, Siegfried Lipiner, Gustav Mahler, and Arnold Schoenberg.

Angela Miller

Professor of Art History and Archaeology
19th and 20th century American Art; American Cultural History; Landscape Painting; American Modernism
On Leave, Fall 2018; Academic year 2019-2020
Professor Miller's teaching and research interests are the cultural history of 19th and 20th century American arts. More specialized areas of research and teaching include 19th/20th century visual culture (histories of panoramas, animation, cartoons, photography and graphic design); visuality and spectacle in the Gilded Age and fin-de-siècle; visual constructions of nationhood; the Atlantic world during the period of first European encounters; early American modernism, and the cultural histories of arts between the two world wars.

Monika Weiss

Associate Professor, Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts.
Monika Weiss is an internationally recognized artist who creates durational and site-specific public performances, as well as films, drawings, photographs, and objects. Originally trained as a classical musician, she continues to compose sound for her work. The artist frequently employs her own body as a vehicle of artistic expression and invites others to inhabit her works. Weiss' transdisciplinary approach investigates relationships between body and history, and evokes ancient rituals of lamentation. Her current work considers aspects of public memory and amnesia as reflected within the physical and political space of a City.

Gary Wihl

Hortense and Tobias Lewin Distinguished Professor in the Humanities. 
He is the author of books on the art critic John Ruskin (Yale 1985) and the philosophy of language (Yale 1994).  More recently he has published essays on law and literature, intellectual property, civil disobedience and politics and the novel.  Since 2016, he has been developing new courses on science fiction in the English Department and in Film and Media Studies, covering authors from the 19th century  (Shelley, Wells, Stevenson) up to contemporary writers (Bradbury, Clarke, Heinlein, Dick).

Jeffrey Zacks

Professor of Psychological & Brain Sciences
Professor of Radiology
Associate Chair, Psychological & Brain Sciences
Professor Zacks studies perception and cognition using behavioral experiments, functional MRI, computational modeling, and testing of neurological patients. One line of research examines how people parse the continuous stream of behavior into meaningful events, and how this affects memory and cognition. Another line examines how mental imagery contributes to reasoning about spatial relations, especially how mental representations of one's body are updated during imagery and reasoning.