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PhD, University of California, San Diego
MA, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
BFA, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Biography / Academic Interests
Cynthia Chris joined CSIís 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 animal studies. She has presented her work at international 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, and Console-ing Passions: An International Conference on Television, Video, and Feminism. At CSI, Dr. Chris teaches undergraduate courses including Introduction to Media, Introduction to Communications, Media Industries, Media Analysis, Media & Culture, Media Regulation, Screen Comedy, and History of Radio & Television, as well as, at the graduate level, Media History and Cinema & Gender.
Scholarship / Publications
Cynthia Chrisís first book, Watching Wildlife, is a critical history of nonfiction images of animals in film and television, published by the University of Minnesota Press in 2006. Dr. Chris is also the co-editor of the anthology Cable Visions: Television Beyond Broadcasting (New York University Press, 2007). She has published articles on contemporary television in the journals Television and New Media, The Communication Review, and Feminist Media Studies, and has authored numerous essays and reviews on film, performance, photography and video for Afterimage, Art Lies, exposure, High Performance, Springerin, and Texte zur Kunst, among others. As well, she has contributed to the online forums Flow and Antenna. In 2012, Dr. Chris has an article forthcoming in Camera Obscura, and a chapter in the edited volume Animal Others: Animals and the Human Imagination (Columbia University Press); she is also currently co-editing a volume on Media Authorship with David Gerstner. She also acted as a co-editor and co-author of 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 (Boston: South End Press and Toronto: Between the Lines, 1990).