Work and leadership
In addition to being a professor at Johns Hopkins University, I am the director of The Center for Advanced Media Studies (CAMS). CAMS is a Johns Hopkins based center that organizes workshops, lecture series, and screenings/gallery installations in the field of media studies. It is generally geared toward graduate students with an interest in media studies, but open to the JHU community and the Baltimore community at large.
Presently, I am also serving as the Second Vice President of the University at Buffalo's Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA). NeMLA is a non-profit organization made up of educators and scholars that focuses on language, culture, and literature.
Seeing, Believing, Suffering: The Body as Medium in Religion and Contemporary
Media Practice in
Editors Alexander Darius Ornella, Stefanie Knauss, and
NOMOS: 2014 (read)
COURSES AT JHU
Italian Cinema: The Classics, the
Forgotten, and the Emergent.
This course traces the history of Italian cinema from the silent era to the new millennium, highlighting its main trends and genres, and reflecting on the major transformations modern and contemporary Italian society experienced over the twentieth and twentieth-first centuries. We shall examine iconic films such as Vittorio De Sica’s Bicycle Thieves, Federico Fellini’s La Dolce Vita, Michelangelo Antonioni’s L’Avventura, and Pier Paolo Pasolini’s Mamma Roma, that received international recognition and influenced other national, cinematic productions.
We shall also look at the work of less famous, or independent filmmakers who received less critical attention. While this class takes a historical approach, it also includes a theoretical component and introduces students to the specificity of the cinematic language, examining films in relation to the mise-en-scène, frame composition, camera movements, editing, and sound. This class is taught in English.