Cynthia Chris

Associate Professor
Center for the Arts (1P) room 224D
Telephone: (718) 982-2557
cynthia.chris [at]

PhD: University of California, San Diego; Communication
MA: The School of the Art Institute of Chicago; Art History, Criticism & Theory
BFA: The School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Undergraduate Courses: Introduction to Media, Introduction to Communications, Communications Theory, Media Industries, History of Radio & TV, Media & Culture, Media Analysis, Media Regulation, Screen Comedy,Nonfiction Film & Television; Graduate Courses (M.A. in Cinema & Media Studies, CSI): Media History, Cinema & Gender; Film Studies Program, CUNY Graduate Center: Aesthetics of Film

Cynthia Chris joined the Department of Media Culture in 2004. Her research interests include media history, the regulation of "decency" in film and television, gender and sexuality, media authorship, and critical animal studies. She is the author of Watching Wildlife (University of Minnesota Press, 2006), and co-editor of Cable Visions: Television Beyond Broadcasting (New York University Press, 2007) and, with David Gerstner, Media Authorship (Routledge, 2013). Dr. Chris has published on contemporary television in Television and New Media, The Communication Review, and Feminist Media Studies; her "Boys Gone Wild: The Animal and the Abject" appears in Animals and the Human Imagination: A Companion to Animal Studies (Columbia University Press, 2012), and “Subjunctive Desires: Becoming Animal in Green Porno and Seduce Me” is forthcoming in Animals and the Moving Image (BFI, 2015). Dr. Chris has presented her work at conferences sponsored by the Center for Twentieth Century Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, International Communication Association, Society for Cinema & Media Studies, Society for Science and Literature, American Studies Association, Console-ing Passions: An International Conference on Television, Video, and Feminism, and Women & the Silent Screen. She has also authored essays and reviews on film, TV, performance, photography and video for Afterimage, exposure, High Performance, Springerin, Texte zur Kunst, Art Lies, Flow, Antenna, and the Schirmer Encyclopedia of Film (2006). She co-edited and co-authored one of the first published works to address the impact of the HIV/AIDS crisis on women, Women, AIDS, and Activism by the ACT UP/NY Women and AIDS Book Group (South End Press, 1990). During the three-year term 2014-16, she is general co-author, with Matt Brim, of the journal WSQ: Women’s Studies Quarterly. In 2015-16, she is a mid-career faculty fellow in the Interdisciplinary Science Studies Seminar at the CUNY Graduate Center.

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