About Our Students
Over the past five or six years, the two of us have brought together students and researchers from countries around the world, including France, Iran, Norway, Denmark, Gaza, Canada, and the UK, drawing from a wide variety of schools, including Vassar, Reed, Evergreen, Brown, University of Oregon, University of Michigan, University of St Andrews, Marlboro, Gonzaga, Loyola, San Francisco State, CalArts, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Queen’s University, Pennsylvania State, St. John's, and the University of California, Berkeley, among others, with degrees in almost every discipline in the arts, humanities, sciences, and social sciences as well as law, medical research, and other professions.
We have secured internships for our students at Cabinet Magazine, Upfor Gallery, PDX Contemporary, Portlandia, Barang Films, Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, Tin House, Yale Union, Center for Land Use Interpretation (CLUI), Bud Clark Commons, the Donald E. Long Detention Center, Caldera, Hollywood Theater, the Independent Publishing Resource Center (IPRC), and the City of Portland, among others. Our students have presented their research at conferences across the country, including the Hannah Arendt Circle, Society for Cinema & Media Studies, SVA, Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association on Critical Information, Under Western Skies, Khyber Centre for the Arts, University of Chicago, and the University of California, Berkeley, to mention but a few. Recently, three of our graduates were invited to present papers at the annual conference of the Media Ecology Association.
Having gone through our rigorous program of research and study, our graduates have gone on to do remarkable things. They have held positions in creative direction, creative research, creative project management, intellectual property rights, visual research, social-justice advocacy, and the academy at a wide variety of institutions. One of our students, whose thesis was published by the Institute for Network Cultures in Amsterdam, now works as Design Researcher for the mobile-innovation firm Citizen, Inc. Another is Art Department Coordinator at the television series Portlandia (where two more of our students have worked as interns) and continues to present his research at conferences across the country, most recently at the Society for Cinema & Media Studies Conference in Seattle. Another works for P:ear, a nonprofit that aids homeless youth. Two others (one of whom was a Kress Fellowship finalist at the Portland Art Museum) have served in the City Commissioner’s office as liaisons to the greater art community in the City of Portland. Three are teaching, while another serves as Associate Curator at Hap Gallery. One works as the social-media guru at Ace Atelier in New York, and was chosen as a special speaker at the SVA conference on Critical Information, while another was named a finalist for a MacArthur grant in filmmaking. A former Fulbright Scholar in Asia, one of our students is now Project Manager at Dynamic Events, Inc. Another works as the Research Assistant of artist Kenny Scharf in LA, while another is in charge of costumes for Bruce Springsteen. One of our students was recently awarded a scholarship to the prestigious School of Criticism and Theory, an honor usually reserved for scholars many years her senior. In addition, she has been invited to study with Bernard Stiegler in Paris. Other of our grads can be found at Nike, Otis College of Art and Design, Disjecta, City of Portland, Pittock Mansion, Stalkr, and Central City Concern, among others. Not a few have published versions of their thesis work. Most recently, one of our students had a research paper published in the Leonardo Music Journal of MIT Press.