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

Jane M. Gaines is Professor of Film, Columbia University, and Professor Emerita of Literature and English, Duke University who in 2018 received the Society for Cinema and Media Studies Distinguished Career Award and in 2021 was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Stockholm, Sweden. full profile 

Associate Professor, Film

Racquel Gates is the author of Double Negative: The Black image and Popular Culture. Her research focuses on Black film and media, reality television, and popular culture more broadly. 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. Recent credits include The Assistant, Driveways, Adam, and the limited series Somos. full profile 

Adjunct Faculty: Fall 2021

Adjunct Associate Professor, Film

Loren-Paul Caplin has written scripts for many of the major studios (Fox, Paramount, Sony, Universal, Warner Bros.), Hollywood producers and Independent producers, including Laura Ziskin, Joe Roth, Robert Harris, Ben Barenholtz, and Ira Deutchman. full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Film

Caryn James is a film critic for BBC Culture, and a regular contributor on film and television to The Wall Street Journal and The Hollywood Reporter.  She was previously a film critic and chief television critic for The New York Times and has appeared on CBS S full profile 

Adjunct Professor, Film

Ying Zhu is a faculty at the City University of New York and the Hong Kong Baptist University. 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)