Communication and Media Studies

Alicia Kozma

Assistant Professor of Communications and Media Studies

Prof. Kozma’s research focuses on critical/cultural media studies with an emphasis on film and television.

Integrating a variety interdisciplinary methods including industrial, historical, critical, and textual analysis, alongside digital and traditional media theory, gender/sexuality, and labor studies, Prof. Kozma’s work synthesizes industry studies, media theory, popular culture studies, and identity studies. 

Kozma’s broad research agenda engages with the production, distribution, exhibition, and consumption of media arts and culture, and is committed to research operating on a global scale using the common language of the visual and the popular as points of conjuncture across cultures and contexts. 

Focal projects include the intersection of gender and labor in the entertainment industries through a case study of pioneering director Stephanie Rothman and an industrial-level investigation into the cultural and economic impact of digital cinema technologies on contemporary U.S. exhibition practices, their intersections with emerging media platforms, and the changes they foster across transnational distribution networks. 

Education
  • B.A, The University of Vermont
  • M.A., The Graduate College of the City University of New York
  • Ph.D, Institute of Communications Research, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Research
  • “Stephanie Rothman Does Not Exist: Narrative a Lost History of Women in Film,” Camera Obscura (2017)
  • “Shame, Class, and Entertainment in the Catfish Universe,” Television and New Media (2017)
  • “Non-Compliance: Bitch Planet and Feminist Exploitation,” In Media Res (2017)

For full CV, publications, and conferences click here.

Teaching
  • Introduction to Communication and Media Studies
  • Contemporary Popular Film & Television
  • Intermediate Communication and Media Theory


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