Lecturer, Film and Media Studies
Meredith Ward's interests include cultural history as it relates to film, sound theory and auditory culture, gender, and the history of film reception. Other research interests include space theory, urban history, and cinephilia. She is currently finishing her dissertation on the role of noise in American film culture, tracing it from the early days of film exhibition to 1945 and finishing her Ph.D. in the Screen Cultures Ph.D. Program at Northwestern University. She teaches on film theory, cultural theory, and the "moving image" as it is broadly defined, including cinema and popular culture. Meredith has presented at academic conferences all over the United States and Europe, and was an invited guest speaker at the Chicago Film Seminar. She is the faculty advisor to the Film Society, where she trains students in film programming in museum, art house, repertory theater, and film festival contexts as well as teaching projection and budgeting skills. She was a Finalist for the 2012 and 2013 JHU Excellence in Teaching Awards.
|Meredith C. Ward's essay,|
"Song of the Sonic Body: Noise, the Audience,
and Early American Moving Picture Culture" appears
in Media, Popular Culture and the American Century,
ed. Kingsley Bolton and Jan Olsson.
Bloomington, Indiana: Indiana University Press, 2010.