Our exceptional professors are among the leading creative forces in their fields. They’ll teach you to unite theory and practice, often inviting you to collaborate on research or join them in professional projects. These hands-on experiences are a large part of what makes Emerson graduates so influential in their careers and throughout life.

Jabari Asim, associate professor and Creative Writing graduate program director, has written 17 books, including fiction, nonfiction, and children’s literature. Formerly an editor at the Washington Post and editor-in-chief of the NAACP’s The Crisis, he is also the first Elma Lewis Distinguished Fellow in the Social Justice Center and organizes Emerson’s annual Teach-In on Race, a daylong conference that brings together academics, activists, and students from within and outside the College.


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Women Teaching Film

Meet some of the Visual and Media Arts faculty leading the way toward a more inclusive film industry.

Colleen Kelly Poplin, MA ’10, MFA ’16

Assistant Director, Academic Advising

Another way the VMA Department highlights In her course Creating Feminist Media, affiliated faculty member Colleen Kelly Poplin—documentary filmmaker, sound artist, and two-time alumna—tackles institutional representation, access to power, beauty standards, and internalized misogyny by having students creating their own socially conscious film, video, or audio projects.

Anna Feder

Head of Film Exhibition and Festival Programs, VMA

Another way the VMA Department highlights women in film is through the Bright Lights Film Series at the Paramount Center, which includes free screenings and discussions with filmmakers and faculty. Program director Anna Feder has committed to keeping gender parity in her program, ensuring that more than half of films featured are made by women.

Cristina Kotz Cornejo

Professor and Chair

Raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and the US, Cristina Kotz Cornejo is an independent filmmaker, professor, and chair of the Department of Visual and Media Arts (VMA). She collaborated with Emerson’s student film organization Women in Motion to create the Women in Film and Media Summit, which convenes a group of women filmmakers at Emerson to share their experiences in the industry and discuss ways to make film and television more inclusive.

“Rather than just going to the films that everyone was recommending to me, I was looking for the films by women. And they’re there, and they’re amazing.”

Anna Feder