Faculty in the Cinema and Digital Media Program are listed here,
with titles and contact information. Click on a name to see
the full biography and related items for each person, or use the
“read more” links.
M.F.A. University of Southern CaliforniaB.S. Columbia University
Lishan AZ is a multi-disciplinary artist working in
immersive installation, community-based projects, and
photography. Her work explores intimacy, the body, and home as a
contested space. The subjects of her work are historical and
present-day Black women who take up space and speak truth to
Ph.D. Computer Science, University of California, Santa Cruz
Joshua McCoy is a game developer, computer scientist and
cross-disciplinary researcher whose work lies at the confluence
of game technology, social science, artificial intelligence and
design. His goal is to create playable experiences that
communicate to broad audiences and critically address the
challenges present in our society while expanding the boundaries
of technology. The most recent products of his research involve
combining artificial intelligence techniques with social science
to create meaningful, responsive and socially engaging game
Professor Anderson is considered to be one of the top women
directors of English-language television and theatre, having
directed at the Royal Shakespeare Company, Royal National
Theatre, Abbey Theatre (Dublin), and on Broadway.
Frances Dyson, Ph.D., Emeritus Professor in Cinema and Digital
Media. Her research areas are focused on sound, new media, and
issues relating to technology and concepts of humanism. She often
taught Virtuality (TCS 151) which explores the culture underlying
the new technologies of virtual environments, telepresence,
simulated experience and artificial life, through an analysis of
science fiction film, and representations of post-humanism in art
and popular culture.
In 1999, the ZKM medamuseum cited Lynn Hershman Leeson as the
“most influential woman working in new media”. She has worked in
photography, video, installation, interactive and net based
works. Her 53 videotapes and 7 interactive installations have
garnered many international awards. She has had over 200
exhibitions, completed 53 videotapes and 8 interactive
installations. Two of her films star Tilda Swinton, Conceiving
Ada and Teknolust—which received the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
Award, and was released in North Amereican in May.
Composer, performer, instrument builder, journalist, activist,
historian, kayak instructor—Bob Ostertag’s work cannot easily be
summarized or pigeonholed. He has published 21 CDs of music, 2
films, and 3 books, and appeared at music, film, and multimedia
festivals around the globe.
In Person: (Week 1) 9:00 am–2:30 pm M, T, F; 9:00 am–5:30 pm Th (Week 2) 9:00 am–5:30 pm M, T, FRemote: (Week 1) 9:00 am–5:30 pm W; 2:30 pm–5:30 pm M, T, F(Week 2) 9:00 am–5:30 pm W, Th
Ariel Collatz is an academic advisor and program manager for the Arts Group Advising Center. She holds a B.A. degree in History from Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota and a M.S. in Counseling with a specialization in Career Development from Sacramento State University. She has worked as an undergraduate advisor at UC Davis for over 10 years. Her passion is helping students create a rewarding undergraduate experience.
Laura Xue Luo is an academic advisor for the Arts Group Advising
Center. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Animation
from Beijing Film Academy in Beijing, China and a Master of
Education from Brock University in St.Catharines, Canada. She has
worked as an instructor and academic advisor for over 10 years.
She is passionate about working with diverse student populations,
particularly with first generation and international students.
Her goal is to guide and assist students in achieving their
academic success and career goals.
Some Undergraduate alumni of Cinema and Digital Media are listed
here. Because the major has changed, they graduated with a major
in TCS or Film Studies, as noted. Click on CDM Alumni News at
left to see what they are doing now.
Also see our Alumni and Former
Student News link to see what past students of Cinema
and Digital Media are up to and read about their awards and