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Mal Ahern (she/her/hers)

Assistant Professor
M Ahern

Contact Information

Box: 354338
Padelford C-502


PhD, Film and Media Studies / History of Art, Yale University, 2019
MA, City University of New York Graduate Center, 2011

I am a media theorist working at the intersection of visual studies and the history of technology. My current book project, Factory Forms, investigates the changing nature of the technologically reproduced image in the decades after World War II, when new forms of automation transformed pressrooms, film laboratories, projection booths, and television signal processing. Using close visual analysis, I show how technological changes and labor struggles reveal themselves in mass-produced images, and how such visible changes fed back into artistic production in both fine art and popular visual culture.

My primary training is in Film & Media Studies and Art History, and my methods draw on media archeology and science and technology studies. Other research interests include experimental film, media art, Marxist cultural theory, and feminist theory. My essays have appeared in diacritics, World Picture, Millennium Film Journal, and The New Inquiry.

Previously, I was a collection cataloger and registrar at Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria, NY. Based on this experience, I love spending time in archives, and introducing students to historical collections!