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Jamie Berthe

Administrative Director, MA Program & Associate Faculty
(212) 992-9828
1 Wash Pl, Room 809

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B.A. European Cultural Studies & Philosophy & Film & Media Studies, American University of Paris, 2005
M.A. Cinema Studies, New York University, 2007
Ph.D. Media, Culture & Communication, New York University, 2014

Jamie Berthe holds a PhD from NYU's Department of Media, Culture, and Communication, a masters degree in Cinema Studies from the Tisch School of the Arts, and a graduate certificate in Culture and Media through NYU's Department of Anthropology. Jamie's research and writing explore the legacy of the French filmmaker and anthropologist Jean Rouch, particularly in relationship to French colonial history and African cinema. Jamie has been a fellow at the NYU Humanities Initiative and has also received a George Lurcy Fellowship for study in France. She has taught courses on media, visual culture, and critical thinking at NYU, and has worked as a writing coach at the NYU's Stern School of Business. Her research interests include visual culture, film, technology, and post/colonial history and theory.

Teaching and Research Interests

visual culture; film; technology; post/colonial history and theory

Jamie Berthe

Recent News


Along with Faye Ginsburg (NYU) and Beth Epstein (NYU Paris), Jamie Berthe helped coordinate and host Rouch in the USA, a conference held at NYU Paris on November 9, 2017, which was organized as part of the Jean Rouch centenary festivities in Paris, France. While there, she presented the paper "1977: A Year in the Life of Rouch."

Jamie Berthe chaired a panel on French documentary film, "Another Fifties: Documentary on the Margins in Postwar France," at the Society for Cinema and Media Studies in March 2017, and presented the paper "Illegible Politics: Jean Rouch and the Elusive Anarchist Aesthetic."

Jamie Berthe introduced the Moustapha Alassane Retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art on May 12, 2107.

Jamie Berthe presented "Decolonizing la nouvelle vague: On Godard's African epiphany" at the 2016 Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference in in Atlanta, Georgia, which was held March 30 through April 3, 2016.


Studies for French Cinema published two articles written by Jamie Berthe: "Disruptive Forms: The Cinema of Jean Rouch" and "Beyond the Entomological Critique: Rethinking Rouch and African Cinema."


Along with Sam Di Iorio, Jamie Berthe curated the film series "Entangled Forms: African and French Film in Conversation," a showcase of French and Francophone African cinema, which was held at New York’s Anthology Film Archives from April 15 to April 22, 2016.



2017 Spring

Film as Postcolonial Visual Culture

2017 Fall

Postcolonial Theory and Visual Culture