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Faculty & Staff

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.

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.

Amanda Martinez

Amanda Martinez
Ph.D. Texas A&M

I teach a variety of courses for Communication Studies, Education, and Sociology, including intercultural communication, media effects, women/men/communication, nonverbal communication, rhetorical criticism, public speaking, and argumentation and debate.

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.

Sarah Waheed

Sarah Waheed
Ph.D. Tufts University

I am a historian of modern South Asia, specializing in Islam in South Asia, nationalist politics in colonial India and post-colonial India and Pakistan. I also am the Director of the Davidson in India Program.


Cheryl Branz

Cheryl Branz
Administrative Assistant

My work with faculty requires the use of multiple skills to cover their needs and the needs of each department, from ordering supplies to planning events and accounting needs. My goal is to help faculty be prepared to give Davidson students the best they have to offer in the classroom or on a trip with one of the programs abroad that we offer.