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Jamie Berthe

Director of Enrollment Management
(212) 992-6327
1 Wash Pl, Room 714

Office Hours
Thursday 12:30-2:30 Remote by Appt.

B.A., European Cultural Studies & Philosophy, 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. Her research interests revolve primarily around film, visual culture, media, postcolonial theory, and histories of empire. In her dissertation, Jamie explored the legacy of the French filmmaker and anthropologist Jean Rouch, particularly in relationship to French colonial history and African cinema. She has been a fellow at the NYU Humanities Initiative and has also received a George Lurcy Fellowship for study in France. At Gallatin, Jamie teaches courses on film, postcolonial theory, and visual culture. She has recently published articles in Studies in French Cinema (2018) and a chapter in Dans le sillage de Jean Rouch (2018). Jamie also enjoys making short films in her spare time. Find her at

Edited Volumes


Fragments of Truth: Residential Schools and the Challenge of Reconciliation in Canada

Jamie Berthe co-edited Fragments of Truth: Residential Schools and the Challenge of Reconciliation in Canada published by Duke University Press.

Teaching and Research Interests

film  visual culture  media  histories of empire  and postcolonial theory 

Recent News


Jamie Berthe presented “In Defense of Sobriety: Representing Recovery in Sound of Metal”  at the Media Breakdown and Recovery conference at Lund University (Sweden) in March 2022.

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 Atlanta, Georgia, which was held March 30 through April 3, 2016.


Jamie Berthe co-edited Fragments of Truth which was published in October 2022 by Duke University Press.

Jamie Berthe authored “D’autres mondes sont possibles: Bataille sur le grand fleuve (1951) de Jean Rouch” for the Fall 2019 issue of In Décadrages as well as “History Calling: Decolonizing Cinema at New York’s Film Forum" for the Winter 2019 issue of Film Quarterly.

Berthe contributed the chapter "Au-delà des critiques entomologiques: Rouch et le cinéma africain, un autre point de vue" to the collection Dans le sillage de Jean Rouch: Témoignages et essais which is forthcoming from Les Éditions de la Maison des sciences de l'homme in 2018.

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."


Jamie Berthe curated the film series “Jean Rouch: Dialogue and Dissent” at New York's Anthology Film Archives in Spring 2023. 

As a part of the 2018 Jean Rouch Series held at Film Forum, Jamie Berthe introduced Rouch's 1968 film Jaguar.

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.

Jamie Berthe