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 engages intellectually 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
  • Ph.D, Institute of Communications Research, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
  • M.A., The Graduate College of the City University of New York
  • B.A, The University of Vermont
Research

Upcoming Publications

“Stephanie Rothman” in Encyclopedia of Gender, Media and Communication (Fall 2018)

Recent Publications

“Downloading Soon to A Theater Near You: Digital Film, Local Exhibition, and the Death of 35mm” in The Projector (Janurary 2018)

“Stephanie Rothman Does Not Exist: Narrating a Lost History of Women in Film,” Camera Obscura (September 2017)

“Shame, Class, and Entertainment in the Catfish Universe,” Television and New Media (July 2017)

“Non-Compliance: Bitch Planet and Feminist Exploitation,” In Media Res (November 2015)

For full CV, publications, and conferences click here.

Teaching
  • Introduction to Communication and Media Studies
  • Contemporary Popular Film & Television
  • Intermediate Communication and Media Theory
  • World Cinema I and II
  • Film Theory
Professional Experience

Series Editor, New Histories of Women in Entertainment [Peter Lang Academic Publishing]