Full-time Faculty

Associate Professor, Film

Nico Baumbach holds a Ph.D. in Literature from Duke University. His research and teaching focus on critical theory, film theory, documentary, and the intersection of aesthetic and political philosophy. full profile 

Professor, Film

In 2018, Jane Gaines won the Society for Cinema and Media Studies Distinguished Career Award. full profile 

Senior Lecturer in Discipline , Film

Ron Gregg writes and teaches about queer cinema (both Hollywood and experimental), classical and contemporary Hollywood, and the impact of globalization and digital technology on recent Hollywood film. full profile 

Professor, Film

Annette Insdorf is the author of Cinematic Overtures: How to Read Opening Scenes; Intimations: The Cinema of Wojciech Has; Double Lives, Second Chances: The Cinema of Krzysztof Kieslowski; Francois Truffaut; Philip Kaufman, and the landmark study, Indelible Shadows: Fil full profile 

Professor, Film

Rob King is a film historian with interests in American genre cinema, popular culture, and social history. Much of his work has been on comedy. full profile 

Professor of Professional Practice, Film

Richard Peña has been at Columbia since 1989, becoming full time in 1996 and being named Professor of Professional Practice in 2003. full profile 

Professor of Professional Practice, Film

James Schamus is an award-winning screenwriter (The Ice Storm), producer (Brokeback Mountain), director (Indignation), and former CEO of Focus Features, the motion picture production, financing, and worldwide distribution company whose films have included Moonrise Kingdom, Milk, Eternal Sunshine of full profile 

Adjunct Faculty: Spring 2021

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Film

Vito Adriaensens is a filmmaker, writer, and cinema and performing arts scholar. He is a co-author of Screening Statues: Sculpture and Cinema (2017) and his shorts have toured festivals internationally.  full profile 

Adjunct Professor, Film

A film critic at the Village Voice for over 30 years, J. Hoberman is the author of a dozen books. He has taught cinema studies at New York University, The Cooper Union, and Harvard University as well as Columbia.  full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Film

Jason LaRiviere received his PhD in Media, Culture, and Communication at NYU. His writing has appeared in boundary 2, e-flux, The Brooklyn Rail, and elsewhere. He is working on a book incorporating data compression archeology, psychophysics of perceptual coding, and digital philosophy. full profile 

Affiliated Faculty


Professor Stefan Andriopoulos (Germanic Languages and Cultures)

Professor Claudia Breger (Germanic Languages and Cultures)

Professor Jonathan Crary (Art History and Archaeology)

Professor Hamid Dabashi (Middle East, South Asian, and African Studies)

Associate Professor Noam Elcott (Art History and Archaeology)

Assistant Professor Hilary Hallett (History – American Studies)

Associate Professor Kellie Jones (Art History and Archaeology)

Associate Professor Brian Larkin (Anthropology)

Assistant Professor Debashree Mukherjee (Midd l e East, South Asian and African Studies)

Associate Professor Frances Negron-Muntaner (English)

Professor Julie Peters (English and Comparative Literature)

Assistant Professor Ying Qian (East Asian Languages and Cultures)

Assistant Professor Dennis Tenen (English and Comparative Literature)

Assistant Professor Takuya Tsunoda (East Asian Languages and Cultures)


Visiting Scholars 2019—20


Yan-Fei Song (PhD Candidate, Beijing Normal University)

Li Shiyu (PhD Candidate, Peking University)

Esther Hamburger and Carlos Calil (Visiting Tinker Professors, University of São Paolo, Brazil)

Luís Ricardo Araujo da Costa (PhD Candidate, University of Rio de Janiero, Brazil)

Janina Anja Lange (Royal College of Art, London)

Ling Zhang (Assistant Professor, SUNY- Purchase)


Visiting Scholars 2018—19


Liu Juan (PhD Candidate, Beijing Film Academy, Beijing, PRC)

Shilpi Gulati (PhD Candidate, Fulbright Scholar, Jawaharlal University, Delhi, India)

Marcella Grecco de Araujo (PhD Candidate, University of São Paolo, Brazil)

Yuka Kanno (Associate Professor, Doshisha University, Kyoto, Japan)


Visiting Scholars 2016-17


Manuel Garin (Senior Lecturer, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain)

Li Yaqi (Ph.D. candidate, Beijing Normal University)


Visiting Scholars 2015—16


Liu Yang (Assistant Professor in the Department of Film and Theater at Nanjing University)

Hong Zeng (PhD candidate, City University of Hong Kong)

Kathleen Loock (Post-Doctoral Fellow at Freie Universität in Berlin)

Zhijun Peng (Instructor in the Department of Visual Arts at Tianjin University)

Barbara Szczekala (PhD candidate, Jagiellonian University)

Julio Bezerra (Fullbright Scholar and Post-Doctoral Researcher, Universidade Federal Fluminense)