Assistant Professor of Film and Aesthetic Studies
Areas of Specialization: Film History & Theory, Feminist Studies, Documentary, Women's Cinema, Experimental Cinema, Ecocinemas
Office: JO 5.112
Mail Station: JO 31
I went to public high school in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and went on to major in Women's Studies at Dartmouth College in 1996. I traveled the world as an English teacher for a few years before returning to graduate school. In 2002 I completed a Master's degree in Comparative Literature at Dartmouth, which was when I became interested in film studies. During my doctoral studies at Duke University, I focused on critical theory and documentary film.
Currently, I'm writing a book about women's documentary filmmaking of the 1970s. I've discovered that we know very little about the history of women's participation in documentary, so my book begins with early pioneers and ends with contemporary innovators. I've enjoyed presenting this research at conferences, such as SCMS, ACLA, and Visible Evidence. A new topic I'm pursuing has to do with environmental documentaries. I've been curious to examine the strategies documentary filmmakers use as they try to make a case for more ethical behavior toward the environment. In all of my research I'm constantly asking: what techniques and strategies do filmmakers use to move viewers from thinking to acting?
Before moving to Dallas I lived in North Carolina for 10 years. I worked on my doctorate and taught classes at Duke University and North Carolina State University. I also had the opportunity to work in programming at the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival and production at WUNC-Radio.
Recent Courses: View courses taught by Shilyh Warren
PhD, Literature (Duke University)
MA, Comparative Literature (Dartmouth College)
BA, Women's Studies (Dartmouth College)
Curriculum Vitae: Shilyh Warren's CV
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