Janice Ross (theater and performance studies, ITALIC Director)

Janice Ross

Professor Ross works in Dance Studies, with a particular interest in the social and cultural importance of dance historically and in the contemporary moment. Her research interests include Dance in Prison and Ballet in Soviet Russia, subjects that have more in common than one might think.

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Jonathan Berger (music)

Jonathan Berger

Jonathan Berger is the Denning Family Provostial Professor in Music. His work (at Stanford's Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics) elides music composition and research on the perception and cognition of music.

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Scott Bukatman (art and art history)

Scott Bukatman

Professor Bukatman teaches in the Film and Media Studies Program, and his research highlights the ways in which popular media (film, comics) and genres (science fiction, musicals, superhero narratives) mediate between new technologies and human perceptual and bodily experience. His latest book is The Poetics of Slumberland: Animated Spirits and the Animating Spirit, and it makes a great gift.

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Kim Beil (ITALIC Assistant Director / Lecturer)

Kim BeilDr. Beil is a scholar of visual culture, with an emphasis on the history of photography. Her research concentrates on the ways in which photographic techniques are made to represent subjective experience. Current projects focus on popular uses of photography in the postwar United States, including an exploration of color photographs of modern architecture, as well as a study of the use of blur to represent speed and individuality in automotive advertising.


Benjamin Lempert (Lecturer)

Benjamin LempertDr. Lempert has a PhD from UC Berkeley’s Department of Rhetoric, and is a musician with extensive experience playing jazz, African music, and other genres. His current book project, Up in the Sound: Form and Voice in Jazz and Post-War American Poetry, uses jazz to explore a number of issues in American poetry, including sound, embodiment, musicality, and race.  Other interests include Black experimental writing, Afrofuturism, poetry, phenomenology, and American literature.


Hillary Miller (Program in Writing and Rhetoric Instructor)

Hillary Miller

Dr. Miller’s research investigates the relationship between theater and the city, and her current project looks at spatial inequities and community identity in arts neighborhoods during the 1970s fiscal crisis in New York City. As a playwright, she is committed to exploring different techniques to construct dramatic narratives.