Regular Faculty

Professor Broderick Fox

Broderick Fox, Chair

James Irvine Professor of Media Arts & Culture
B.A., Harvard University; M.F.A., Ph.D., University of Southern California
Broderick Fox is a media practitioner and scholar whose creative work, teaching, and scholarship engage media production, documentary studies, media aesthetics, and the potential for digital media technologies to expand voice and produce social change.

Allison de Fren

Associate Professor, Media Arts & Culture
B.A., Grinnell College; M.P.S., New York University; Ph.D., University of Southern California
Allison de Fren is a media maker and scholar whose research-practice falls at the intersection of sexuality/gender, film/media, and science/technology, often tracing a line from contemporary representations to earlier conceptual histories and audiovisual practices.
Aleem Hossain

Aleem Hossain

Assistant Professor, Media Arts & Culture
B.A., University of Chicago; M.F.A., UCLA
Aleem Hossain is a filmmaker and VR creator interested in expanding how we tell stories and who gets to tell them. He recently wrote and directed the sci-fi film After We Leave and completed an anti-bullying VR project for Google. Read his Oxy Story profile.
Vivian Lin

Vivian Lin

Assistant Professor, Media Arts and Culture
B.A., UC Berkeley; M.P.S., NYU; M.F.A., Sandberg Instituut; P.h.D., City University of Hong Kong
Vivian Wenli Lin is a media artist and educator with a background in psychology, documentary film, video art, and interactive installation.
Katarzyna Marciniak

Katarzyna Marciniak

Professor, Media Arts and Culture
M.A., University of Lodz; M.A., University of Montana; Ph.D., University of Oregon
Katarzyna Marciniak focuses on the aesthetics and politics of transnational visual cultures, particularly on representations of foreignness, immigration, national (un)belonging, and the construction of border zones as sites of contention.
Amanda Tasse

Amanda Tasse

Assistant Professor, Media Arts and Culture
B.F.A., Maryland Institute College of Art; M.F.A., P.h.D., USC School of Cinematic Arts
Tasse has over 15 years experience working as an animator, designer, and director in the film industry and media art world.

Non-Tenure Track Faculty

Michael lao

Michael Luo

Visiting Assistant Professor, Media Arts & Culture
B.A., M.F.A., UCLA
Michael Luo (he/him) is a game maker and artist.

Olubunmi Oguntolu

Visiting Assistant Professor, Media Arts & Culture
B.A., Boston College; M.A., Emerson College; M.A., University of New Mexico; Ph.D., University of Florida

John Trafton

Visiting Assistant Professor, Media Arts & Culture
B.A., Chapman University; M.S., University of Edinburgh; Ph.D., University of St. Andrews
Professor Trafton received his PhD from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, where he also lectured in film studies and served as departmental research coordinator. He was an Instructor in Film Studies at Seattle University and an instructor for the Seattle International Film Festival’s education program from 2017 to 2023. His research and teaching focuses on visual culture and its impact on film history, theory, and practices. His most recent book, Movie-Made Los Angeles (2023), explores how pre-cinema visual culture in Southern California from 1880 to 1920 contributed to the growth of Los Angeles as a cultural economy and the center for American cinema during the early twentieth century. His current research looks at Mexican Muralism and its impact on art education and the training of film animators and production designers during the 1930s.

Garret Williams

Visiting Assistant Professor, Media Arts & Culture
B.A., Augsburg University; M.F.A., The American Film Institute Conservatory
Garret’s films as a writer/director have screened at Sundance, Berlin, SXSW, New Directors/New Films at the MOMA, and many more festivals, domestic and international, earning multiple awards. He is a DGA member, Sundance Institute Fellow, Film Independent Fellow, and Tribeca Film Institute Fellow.

Our Staff

Director of Digital Media and Production, MAC

Diana Keeler teaches courses in Digital Design, Motion Design, and Advanced Editing in addition to managing the MAC lab spaces, software, production equipment, and student worker program.       

B.A., Occidental College; E.M.B.A., Quantic School of Business and Technology

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