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 Fall 2018

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]

Lucien Castaing-Taylor

Professor of Visual Arts and Anthropology
Director, Sensory Ethnography Lab (SEL); Director, Film Study Center
Co-Director of Graduate Studies, Critical Media Practice; Interim Chair, Department of Visual and Environmental Studies, Fall 2018


Castaing-Taylor is an anthropologist whose work conjugates art's negative capability with an ethnographic attachment to the flux of life and a engagement with the pressing ecological and political challenges of our day. ... Read more about Lucien Castaing-Taylor

Sonia Almeida

Sonia Almeida

Visiting Lecturer on Visual and Environmental Studies, Spring 2019

Sonia Almeida’s paintings explore disparate yet connected visual languages brought together within a single work. Her interests in nonverbal forms of communication, symbolism, and abstraction, and the slippages of translation, are interwoven across her hybrid paintings, drawings, and textile works.... Read more about Sonia Almeida

Ei Arakawa

Ei Arakawa

Visiting Lecturer on Visual and Environmental Studies, 2018 -19

Ei Arakawa (b. 1977, Fukushima, Japan) currently lives in New York. Arakawa works in performance, sculpture and installation, often elaborating hybrid and multimedia works which are situated within or spun off from live, choreographed events. His complex performance works are typically collaborative and subvert performative conventions by breaking the boundaries between audience and performer, resulting in spontaneous live actions.... Read more about Ei Arakawa

Luis Arnias

Teaching Assistant

VES 50 A: Introduction to Non Fiction Filmmaking (McElwee)
VES 355R: Advanced Critical Media Practice (Castaing-Taylor)

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

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

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awad [at]

Carolyn Bailey

Graduate Student in Film and Visual Studies

Carolyn Bailey is an interdisciplinary artist and second-year PhD student in the Department of Visual and Environmental Studies. ... Read more about Carolyn Bailey

cabailey [at]

Judith Belzer

Visiting Lecturer on Visual and Environmental Studies, Fall 2018

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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