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Erica Stein Assistant Professor of Film

Erica Stein is an assistant professor of film. She teaches foundational classes on film aesthetics, culture, history, and industry as well as electives and seminars on contemporary auteurs, experimental documentary, and avant-garde film. Her site-specific intensives deal with democritization of and access to alternative cinemas.

Prof. Stein's research focuses on the intersections of mediation and urbanization, particularly on how capital lays claim to physical and social space through particular visual strategies, and how certain moving images resist those strategies. Her book Seeing Symphonically: Avant-Garde Film, Urban Planning, and the Utopian Image of New York is in revision with SUNY Press. With Brendan Kredell and Germaine Halegoua, she is editing The Companion to Screen Media and the City (Routledge, 2021). Her work has appered in Camera ObscuraJournal of Film and VideoThe New Review of Film and Television Studies, as well as other journals and edited volumes. She is currently working on a project about the representation of real estate as crime in popular and independent cinemas.

Prof. Stein is the past co-chair of the Urbanism, Geography, and Architecture Scholarly Interest Group and the co-founder and managing editor of Mediapolis: a journal of cities and cultureMediapolis publishes peer and editorially reviewed short-form, multimedia, and/or collaborative scholarship. It also publishes peer reviewed undergraduate research once a year.

  • MA, PhD, University of Iowa.
  • At Vassar since 2017

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Departments and Programs

Courses

  • FILM 175: Introduction to Screen Arts
  • FILM 209: World Cinema
  • FILM 234: The Coen Brothers as Postmodern Auteurs
  • FILM 221: American Avant-Garde Film
  • FILM 222: Programming Microcinema (intensive)
  • FILM 280/1: Festivals and Exhibitions (intensive)
  • FILM 392: Film and History