Jonathan Beller

Adjunct Associate Professor

Jonathan Beller, Visiting Adjunct Associate Professor of English and Women’s Studies, received his B.A. in 1985 from Columbia University in English and Comparative Literature and his Ph.D. in Literature from Duke University in 1994.

He is the author of The Cinematic Mode of Production: Towards A Political Economy of the Society of the Spectacle, (Lebanon: Dartmouth College/University Press of New England, 2006) and Acquiring Eyes: Philippine Visuality, Nationalist Struggle and The World Media-System, (Manila: Ateneo de Manila University Press, 2006).

He has written numerous articles including “21st Century Fascism, ‘Political’ Killing, and the Crisis of Representation,” Kontra-Gahum: Academics Against Political Killings, ed., Sarah Raymundo, Manila: Ibon Publications, 2006, “Kino-I, Kino World: Notes on the Cinematic Mode of Production,” in The Visual Culture Reader, Second Edition, ed. Nicholas Mirzoeff, Routledge, 2002 and “Third Cinema in a Global Frame: Curacha, Yahoo!, and  Ishmael Bernal’s Manila By Night,” Positions  9:2 Fall 2001, 331-368. He has also written the entries for “Third Cinema and Visual Culture” in The New Dictionary of the History of Ideas, New York: Scribner’s Sons, 2005 and a variety of occasional pieces including film reviews for radio, newspaper and the web.

His current book project is entitled, The Tortured Signifier: Signs of the State of Exception.  For his work on Philippine Visual Culture he has been the recipient of a Fulbright Senior Scholar Award and a Getty Grant. Recent grants and honors include Mellon Research Stipends and Travel Awards in 2005, 2006 and 2007 and the selection of his essay “Paying Attention,” published in Cabinet #24 (New York: Distributed Art Publishers, 2007), for Documenta XII. 

He has taught at Barnard College, Pratt Institute, University of California, Santa Cruz, San Francisco State University, and the University of the Philippines. At Barnard he teaches “Literary Theory,” and “Women and Film” among other courses.

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Fall 2017
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Ph.D., Duke University
M.A., Columbia University
B.A., Columbia University