Film & Media Studies Faculty

The faculty of the film and media studies is dedicated to increasing your insight into one of the principal forms of art and communication in the contemporary era.

Caroline Beschea-Fache

Caroline Beschea-Fache
Ph.D. Indiana University

I'm a native of northern France, and I love teaching my language to students because I love to see them go from hesitant to talkative as they gain confidence. One of my research and teaching interests is Francophone cinema.

Nancy Fairley

Nancy Fairley
Ph.D. State University New York, Stony Brook

I'm a cultural anthropologist and professor. I particularly enjoy teaching courses that examine ethnic relations in America, art, African civilizations, and 'Africanisms' in American culture.

Zoran Kuzmanovich

Zoran Kuzmanovich
Ph.D. University of Wisconsin

I believe a classroom is part museum, part theater, part public debate. It is a place to spark curiosity. I teach courses in American and comparative literature, literary criticism, and film.

Neil Lerner

Neil Lerner
Ph.D. Duke University

My principal intellectual interests have centered around the ways that music and screen media work together to yield powerful synergies. As a teacher and scholar, I have investigated topics including music in horror film, in video games, in documentary film, and in animation. My seminars in film and media studies have included The Horror Film (FMS 421) and Herrmann/Hitchcock (MUS 383), and I regularly teach a course on video games (FMS 321, Interactive Digital Narratives). I currently co-coordinate the concentration in Film & Media Studies.

Eriberto Lozada

Fuji Lozada
Ph.D. Harvard University

I am a sociocultural anthropologist, and I examine contemporary issues in Chinese society including religion and politics, food, popular culture and globalization, sports, society issues, and the cultural impact of science and technology.

Margaret McCarthy

Margaret R. McCarthy
Ph.D. University of Rochester

I teach a variety of beginning, intermediate and advanced courses in German literature, film and culture. I'm currently co-coordinator of the film and media studies concentration.

Paul Miller

Paul Miller
Ph.D. Ohio State University

I specialize in nonfiction writing, film, and literary theory. I'm also co-director of The Writing Center here at Davidson.

Luis Pena

Luis Peña
Ph.D. Arizona State University

I specialize in 20th century Latin American literature and culture, with an emphasis on Mexican studies. One of my research interests is images of the U.S.-Mexico border in literature, film, and popular culture, and contemporary Latin American cinema.

Vivien Shen

Vivian Shen
Ph.D. University of California, Los Angeles

My areas of interest include Chinese language, cinema, culture and modern literature.

Mary Vasquez

Mary Vásquez
Ph.D. University of Washington

I teach courses in 20th and 21st century Spain, with particular interests in the Spanish Civil War period-the literature and film of exile-the Holocaust seen through a Spanish prism, as well as in the intersections among society, culture, and literary expression.