Title: Associate Professor
Department: Communication Arts
Degrees: B.A., Kenyon College; M.A., M.F.A., University of Iowa
Phone: 814- 332-3203
Office Location: VCCA 309
Sabbatical Academic Year 2014-15
River Branch, Assistant Professor in Communication Arts, has a B.A. in Psychology from Kenyon College, an M.A. in Communication Studies from the University of Iowa and an M.F.A. in Film and Video Production from the University of Iowa.
Branch’s creative work incorporates elements of fictional, non-fiction and experimental practices. Her most recent work, a multimedia installation, utilized performance, still photography and interactive technologies while her thesis, a feature-length experimental documentary moved seamlessly from the poetic and experimental to the traditional forms of nonfiction media production.
She is currently working on a documentary regarding the role of community-based media practices within the on-going political and social unrest in Oaxaca, Mexico.
The notion of a critical dialogue among the arts, academy and community permeates her creative work as well as that of her teaching. Recent courses designed by Professor Branch include Video Activism: History, Theory, Politics and Practice, Public Art: Politics, Persuasion, Production and Play and Community-Based Media Practices.