Denise Oberdan

Denise Oberdan

Director of Administration

Denise is the Director of Administration for the department and works with faculty and staff to keep the department running smoothly.

Carpenter Center 103
p: (617) 496-8420
Robb Moss

Robb Moss

Harvard College Professor
Chair, Department of Visual and Environmental Studies

On leave 2017-18

Robb Moss's most recent project, Containment, is about the disposition of nuclear waste for now and for the next 10,000 years. Read more about Robb Moss

robbmoss [at]

Sharon Harper

Professor of Visual Art, Visual and Environmental Studies
Acting Chair, Department of Visual and Environmental Studies

Harper received an MFA in photography and related media from the School of Visual Art in New York in 1997 and a BA from Middlebury College in literary studies. Read more about Sharon Harper

Carpenter Center B01
sharper [at]
(617) 495-9636
Steven Ascher

Steven Ascher

Visiting Professor of Visual and Environmental Studies, 2017-18

Steven Ascher is an Academy Award-nominated filmmaker and writer. His feature documentaries include Troublesome Creek (Sundance Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award), So Much So Fast (Sundance premiere), and Raising Renee (HBO; Emmy nominee, Outstanding Arts and Culture Programming). Read more about Steven Ascher

Hicham Awad

Graduate Student in Film and Visual Studies
Teaching Fellow

Hicham Awad is a second-year graduate student in Film and Visual Studies. He explores audiovisual configurations of space and movement produced by

Read more about Hicham Awad
awad [at]

Judith Belzer

Visiting Lecturer on Visual and Environmental Studies, Fall 2017

Judith Belzer employs the rich visual lexicon that paint on canvas offers to explore her long-standing interest in the relationship between nature and culture, most recently looking at man-made landscapes where these two forces meet—often in uncomfortable ways. Read more about Judith Belzer

Lucas Blalock

Lucas Blalock

Visiting Lecturer on Visual and Environmental Studies, Spring 2017

Lucas Blalock’s work engages the ways that falseness or evident mechanics in photographs can bring both the picture and the pictured 

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Jennifer Bornstein

Visiting Lecturer on Visual and Environmental Studies, 2015-16 and 2016-17

Jennifer Bornstein is an artist who works in diverse media, including video, 16-millimeter film, and etching. Bornstein received an M.F.A. from the

Read more about Jennifer Bornstein
Giuliana Bruno

Giuliana Bruno

Emmet Blakeney Gleason Professor of Visual and Environmental Studies

Professor Bruno is internationally known for her research on the intersections of the visual arts, architecture, film, and media. Read more about Giuliana Bruno

(617) 496-4287

Katarina Burin

Lecturer on Visual and Environmental Studies

On leave Fall 2017

Katarina Burin’s recent solo projects include exhibitions at Kunstverein Langenhagen, Akademie Schloss Solitude (Stuttgart) and P! (New York), along with gallery exhibitions at Ratio 3 (San Francisco), M29 Richter & Brückner (Cologne) and Lucile Corty (Paris).   Read more about Katarina Burin

katarinaburin [at]