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Tasha Oren
Director of Film and Media 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.


Khary Jones
Director of Undergraduate Studies


Khary Saeed Jones engages film projects that explore the tensions between fiction, memory, and everyday life. His films and collaborations have screened at Sundance, SXSW, MoMA, Camden (ME), Full Frame, ICA Boston, and many other festivals and venues. As a writer-director, his work includes the short films Hug, Three and a Half Thoughts, Chrysalis, and the forthcoming feature-length films Gumbo and Night Fight. Jones has also served on the editorial teams behind the documentary features: Where the Pavement Ends (PBS WORLD Channel/America ReFramed, 2020), Black Memorabilia (PBS/Independent Lens, 2019), Lorraine Hansberry: Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart (PBS/American Masters, 2018), He Named Me Malala (Fox Searchlight, 2015), Sembene! (Kino Lorber, 2015), and The World According to Dick Cheney (Showtime, 2013).

Born and raised in Camden, New Jersey, Jones is the recipient of awards, grants, and fellowships from AFI Dallas, the Mass Cultural Council, the LEF Foundation, and the Sundance Institute. He studied at Columbia University (MA, MFA) and Morehouse College (BA), and he is currently a Professor of the Practice in Drama and Film at Tufts University. At Tufts, Jones teaches storytelling for the screen, advanced filmmaking, and advises students developing both scripted and documentary shorts from inception to edit. He is also the FMS Director of Undergraduate Studies. He was recently named the 2021-22 Harvard Film Study Center/LEF Foundation Fellow.




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.