Malcolm Turvey

Malcolm Turvey has been Director of the Film & Media Studies Program since its founding in 2015, and is Sol Gittleman Professor in the Department of the History of Art & Architecture. He received his Ph.D. in Cinema Studies from New York University in 2002 and has been an editor of the journal October since 2001. He works primarily in the areas of film theory, the philosophy of film, avant-garde film, and film and modernism. He is the author of Doubting Vision: Film and the Revelationist Tradition (Oxford University Press, 2008), The Filming of Modern Life: European Avant-Garde Film of the 1920s (MIT Press, 2011), and Play Time: Jacques Tati and Comedic Modernism (Columbia University Press, 2019). He is also co-editor of Wittgenstein, Theory, and the Arts (Routledge, 2001) and Camera Obscura/Camera Lucida: Essays in Honor of Annette Michelson (University of Amsterdam Press, 2003).

Turvey is currently working on three book projects. The first, tentatively titled In Defense of Humanistic Understanding: Film, Art, and the Sciences, is a theoretical book that comes out of Turvey's long-standing interest in what the sciences can, and cannot explain, about film and the other arts. It seeks to defend the humanities against scientific encroachment by arguing that only humanistic methodologies--which Turvey collectively refers to as "humanistic understanding"--can answer certain kinds of questions about the arts. A section of this book, criticizing neuroscientific explanations of film, was recently published as a guest entry on film scholar David Bordwell's blog. The second book project, provisionally titled Mad Men and Modernism aims to explore how the television show Mad Men (2007-2015) adapts some conventions of literary modernism into a serialized form. The third, tentatively titled Against Post-Cinema, is another theoretical book that will criticize the various theories of "the post-medium condition" and "post-cinema" that have become dominant in cinema studies and art history of late.

Tasha Oren
Director of Undergraduate Studies

Tasha Oren's research area is film, television and popular culture. She is the author of Demon in the Box: Jews, Arabs, Politics and Culture (Rutgers), the forthcoming Eating Television (Routledge), and is co-editor of several books including The Handbook of Contemporary Feminism (Routledge), Global Currents: Media and Technology Now (Rutgers University Press), East Main Street: Asian American Popular Culture (New York University Press), Global Asian American Cultures (New York University Press) and Global Television Formats – Understanding Television Across Borders, which won the Best Edited Collection prize from the Society for Cinema and Media Studies.

Oren has published articles on film, television, Asian American Studies, screenwriting, Neurodiversity and food media; she sits on the editorial boards of several journals and is a book review editor for Signs: The Journal of Women in Culture and Society. She is the Tufts representative for GCWS, The Consortium for Graduate Studies in Gender, Culture, Women and Sexuality.

Leslie Goldberg
Internship Administrator

Leslie Goldberg holds a B.S. in psychology from Tufts University and an M.S. in mass communications from Boston University, where she ran the College of Communication Writing Center for two years. Goldberg has been teaching and advising students in the communication fields for more than 25 years. At Tufts, she manages the FMS internship program, teaches the media internship course FMS99, and advises students on media careers.

Goldberg also runs her own communications consulting company, Blue Sun Communications, which she founded in 1991. She specializes in writing and managing a wide range of corporate communications materials, including annual reports, newsletters, Web pages, and corporate capabilities brochures. Clients include Biogen, Children’s Hospital, Emerson Hospital, McLean Hospital, Tufts University, and the Boston Museum of Science.

In addition to writing, consulting, and teaching at Tufts, Goldberg coaches business writing skills to professionals in the workplace. Her strong ties to the media community in Boston give her unique insights into internship and professional opportunities for students.

Natalie Minik
Full-Time Lecturer
Film Production Coordinator

Natalie Minik holds an MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts from Duke University as well as a BFA in Photography and an ABJ in Journalism from the University of Georgia. After graduating from Duke, she was the 2013-2014 Lewis Hine Documentary Fellow through the Center for Documentary Studies. At the FMS, she assists students with their technical equipment needs, organizes equipment pickup, and holds workshops on understanding lens-based tools for artistic practice.

Before joining Tufts, she was the Production Coordinator at Cambridge Community Television where she worked with community members and interns to create media content for Cambridge.

Gina O'Connor
Program Administrator

Gina O’Connor holds a B.S. in Marketing from Northeastern University. She worked for many years in higher education publishing at Houghton Mifflin in Boston and was previously the Staff Assistant in the Tufts Department of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies. Gina began her role as FMS Program Administrator in Fall 2018. In FMS, she is responsible for program administration, as well as marketing, social media, and web content.

Outside of Tufts, her interests include involvement in her children’s high school and middle school drama organizations. She also freelances as a communications specialist for local theatre organizations, where she creates email and marketing materials and develops social media and web content.