Dehanza Rogers

Assistant Professor

Department and Program Affiliations:
Performing & Media Arts

Academic Focus:
Film and culture; social justice and filmmaking; critical race theory; intersectionality in cinema; interactive storytelling; independent filmmaking; Blackness in film; film festivals; film production culture

Current Research Project:
I am currently working on a transmedia documentary entitled “Witnessing” that examines the images of Black suffering and systemic racism within the justice system since the turn of the 19th century to the present. I am also working on a video installation and performance piece, “Praise Ball,” that explores the intersection of the LGBT Ball Culture and the Black Church.  

Previous Position:
Filmmaker

Academic Background:
M.F.A., Cinematography, University of California, Los Angeles, 2014
M.F.A., Film Production/Directing, University of California, Los Angeles, 2014
B.A, Anthropology, California State University, 2010

Last Books Read:
“Nobody: Casualties of America’s War on the Vulnerable, from Ferguson to Flint and Beyond” by Marc Lamont Hill and “Daytripper” by Gabriel Ba (author), Fabio Moon (illustrator)  

In your own time/when not working:
Watching films, conversation, cooking, drinking great coffee, and looking forward to learning to play the cello

Courses you’re most looking forward to teaching:
Cinematography, Adaptation, Transmedia Filmmaking

What most excites you about Cornell:
The possibility of collaborating with members of such a strong and notable intellectual community, as well as working with students on finding their voice.

Dehanza Rogers