For a complete record of my academic activity, please consult my Curriculum Vitae.


My dissertation is titled "Making It Real: Performance Styles and Contexts in Contemporary American Microbudget Cinema." The aim of my dissertation project is two-fold: to undertake one of the first long-form examinations of a group style of acting and to bring aesthetic analysis to a filmmaking realm that has received little academic attention – contemporary American microbudget cinema. The project addresses the methodological challenges of describing, analyzing, and explaining film performance by directly engaging with a corpus of films made by a group of filmmakers who attempt to conceive, construct, and differentiate their work through a heightened commitment to realism, particular in terms of acting.