Oakes Faculty Fellows

The Oakes College faculty represents a wealth of expertise from the natural sciences to the humanities, and we are proud to have some of the top scholars in the world among our faculty. Our students major in nearly every discipline at UCSC—from economics and computer science, to theater arts and Latin American and Latino studies—and they are well supported by the depth and breadth of the Oakes College faculty and the extensive knowledge of our advising team.

TBA is Oakes's faculty chair!

The Chair of the Faculty is an Academic Senate member, other than the Provost, who is elected by the college Faculty to serve a two year term, and will serve as a member of the Executive Committee.

 

Jonathan Kahana
  • Title
    • Associate Professor
  • Division Arts Division
  • Department
    • Film and Digital Media Department
  • Phone
    831-459-4296
  • Email
  • Office Location
    • Kresge West (Kresge 157)
  • Office Hours Winter 2016: Monday 3-5
  • Mail Stop Film and Digital Media
  • Faculty Areas of Expertise Film, Documentary Studies, American Studies, Sound, Acting, Cultural Studies, Social Documentation, Postmodernism, Television, War
  • Courses Documentary Film and Media; Topics in Documentary Studies: History and Theory of Documentary Film; Topics in Documentary Studies: Screen Reenactment; Actors Acting: Screen Performance; Film Sound History, Theory and Criticism; The Essay Film; Cultural Theory: Theories of Practice

Summary of Expertise

Documentary film and media; film and politics; American film history; essay film; cultural and social theory; media publics; arts of historical reenactment; war and cultural memory; audio culture; disciplines of listening.

Research Interests

Author of Intelligence Work: The Politics of American Documentary (Columbia UP, 2008) and editor of The Documentary Film Reader: History, Theory, Criticism (Oxford UP, 2016). Currently writing a book on the memorial, historical, educational and political uses of reenactment in film, TV, and performance before and after 9/11, titled Going Through the Motions: Screen Reenactment and the Work of the Past.

Biography, Education and Training

Undergraduate degrees (B.F.A. film production; B.A. English literature) from York University, Toronto; M.A. in English and American literature from University of Minnesota, Twin Cities; Ph.D. in American literature, cinema, and cultural theory from Rutgers University, New Brunswick.

Teaching Interests

Documentary film and media; film and politics; American film history; essay film; cultural and social theory; media publics; arts of historical reenactment; war and cultural memory; audio culture; disciplines of listening.