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Joel Neville Anderson is Visiting Assistant Professor of Cinema Studies and Film at Purchase College, State University of New York. He earned a PhD in Visual and Cultural Studies at the University of Rochester, and is expanding his dissertation on the aesthetic and political dimensions of self-documentary works produced in community media spaces into a book manuscript. Research and teaching encompass cinema and media studies, with specialties in experimental film and video, film festival studies, and Japanese cinema, a critical focus on works exploring the mediation of self and environment in the neoliberal era, and pedagogical commitment to engaging theory and practice across seminars to production courses. Dr. Anderson’s writing appears in publications such as Studies in Documentary Film, Millennium Film Journal, International Feminist Journal of Politics, Film Comment, Afterimage, Hyperallergic, Senses of Cinema, Film on the Faultline, and the Routledge Handbook of Japanese Cinema. He has received grants, awards, fellowships, and residencies from the Flaherty Seminar, Signal Culture, University of Pittsburgh Asian Studies Center, Society for Cinema and Media Studies, and Susan B. Anthony Institute for Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies. In addition to teaching theory, history, and production courses at SUNY Purchase, the New School, and University of Rochester, he has taught workshops at Downtown Community Television Center (DCTV), Museum of the Moving Image, and Jacob Burns Film Center. He programmed JAPAN CUTS: Festival of New Japanese Film, the largest festival of contemporary Japanese cinema in North America, and served as Managing Editor and Editorial Board Member of InVisible Culture: An Electronic Journal for Visual Culture and co-producer for The Journal of Cinema and Media Studies podcast. He is based in New York City.


joel.anderson@purchase.edu + Curriculum Vitae (CV) + SUNY Purchase faculty profile

Interviews + Media Appearances

2019.10.9: Purchase Phoenix: “New Faculty Profile: Joel Neville Anderson”
2018.7.18: Film Journal International: “JAPAN CUTS offers a diverse snapshot of a nation’s film bounty”
2016.7.13: JAPAN CUTS 2016 Programmer’s Guide video essay
2016.7.12: Film Journal International: “JAPAN CUTS brings provocative new films to New York City”
2015.7.10: Research Connections at UR: “UR PhD student helps reshape JAPAN CUTS film festival”
2015.7.3: The New York Times: “JAPAN CUTS Film Festival at Japan Society Emphasizes the Eccentric”
2015.7.2: JAPAN CUTS 2015 Festival Guide video essay
2014.7.30: Pacific Arts Movement: “Fest Talk With Brian Hu: Joel Neville Anderson, JAPAN CUTS”
2014.7.10: Video essay on Momoko Ando’s 0.5mm at JAPAN CUTS 2014