2019-20 Pomona College Catalog 
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Media Studies

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Professor Jennifer Friedlander, department chair
Intercollegiate Steering Committee: Friedlander (PO), Mayeri (HM), Morrison (CM), Talmor (PZ), Tran (SC - spring), Wing (SC - fall)

Professors Andrejevic (PO)3, Friedlander (PO), Ma (PZ), Morrison (CM), Macko (SC), Tran (SC)
Associate Professors Lerner (PZ), Mayeri (HM), Professor Talmor (PZ)
Assistant Professors Engley (PO), Wing (SC)2 (PZ), Wynter (PO)
Visiting Assistant Professor Connelly (PO)

Intercollegiate Media Studies Production Director, Hutin
Intercollegiate Media Studies Academic Director, Affuso
Nancy Jugan, academic coordinator


The Media Studies Department offers an intercollegiate major jointly with Claremont McKenna, Harvey Mudd, Pitzer, Pomona and Scripps colleges (Intercollegiate Media Studies [IMS]). Media Studies emphasizes the cultural and historical importance of media and focuses on the production, circulation and reception of texts and representations, which are analyzed in terms of aesthetics, meanings and uses. IMS at the Claremont Colleges is one of the first undergraduate programs in the United States to combine theory, history and practice, integrating critical studies and media production.

IMS provides interdisciplinary training, enabling our students to learn how to analyze diverse media forms and the power relations that undergird them, and to ethically express their knowledge through critical scholarship, community-engagement, and creative media practice. The IMS major draws from anthropology, art history, cinema and film studies, cultural studies, English, gender and feminist studies, performance studies, photography, postcolonial and transnational studies, queer studies, sound studies and the visual arts. The major prepares students for graduate work and careers in teaching, art, entertainment, digital media, and the non-profit sector.

IMS offers abundant opportunities for hands-on learning in the form of independent multi-modal research projects, off-campus internships throughout the Los Angeles region, as well as creative projects in the form of video art, documentary, photography and digital imaging, media installation and performance, web-based and interactive media and community-based and activist media. IMS combines the rich resources of the Claremont Colleges to support student research and production, namely the Mosbacher/Gartrell Center for Media Experimentation and Activism, which houses a professional standard post-production facility, classrooms, staff and faculty offices, an art gallery, a screening room, a video studio, an animation and special project studio, as well as other student work spaces. Other resources include the Honnold Library media collection, Pomona College’s Brian Stonehill Media Studies Library, Scripps College’s Lang and Steele Media Labs, Harvey Mudd College’s gallery in the Shanahan Center and media art project space in Parsons Engineering Building, the media collection housed at Pitzer College’s Audio/Visual Services and the intercollegiate alumni group Claremont Entertainment Media (CEM).

Faculty affiliated with the IMS Program include: Mark Allen, William Alves (HM), Isabel Balseiro (HM), Ken Gonzales-Day (SC), Phyllis Jackson, Minju Kim (CM), Konstantine Klioutchkine, Joanne Nucho, John Peavoy (SC), Frances Pohl, Nathalie Rachlin (SC), Larissa Rudova, John Seery, Salvador Velazco (CM).


1On leave fall 2019 2On leave spring 2020 3On leave 2019-20


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