UNIVERSITY OF CONNECTICUT
Spring 2017 - Present
Starting in the Fall of 2021 I will be Assistant Professor-in-Residence in Human Rights Documentary Filmmaking, a joint appointment under UConn's Human Rights Institute and the Department of Digital Media & Design. For the past several years at UConn, I have been designing and teaching courses that combine a social justice/human rights thematic framework with a theoretical and technical orientation in documentary film. In the Spring of 2021 I developed and taught a new course, "Visual Storytelling Through Human Rights Archives," engaging students in a special documentary project utilizing the Thomas J. Dodd Nuremberg Trial Collections held in the UConn Library Archives. Other courses that I have developed and taught at UConn include "Social Documentary in Theory and Practice" and "Visual Representations of Armenian Memory," while I've also provided teaching support/lectured in other courses including "Power, Privilege, and Public Education," "Motion Graphics I," and "Comparative Perspectives in Human Rights." Student work generated through these courses has been screened (or will be screened) at a variety of wider public forums and conferences, such as THE DILDILIANS: A Story of Photography and Survival and KWIZERA: Hope Born from Resilience. In addition, as a University Specialist I have been engaged during 2019-21 in an oral history/documentary project about the Polish Human Rights scholar Wiktor Osiatyński. Outputs from this project are intended for University promotions and wider distribution via educational and human rights-affiliated channels.
Spring 2014 (also Copeland Fellow Spring 2013)
Designed and taught two courses, “Gender, Nation and South Asian Cinema” and “Women Filmmakers of South Asia” (both cross-listed in Film Studies, South Asian Studies, and Women’s Sexuality and Gender Studies). Also lectured, presented, and worked on independent projects as a Copeland Fellow/Artist in Residence at Amherst in Spring 2013. During that time I collaborated with Amherst Music Professor Eric Sawyer to produce SUNDARBANS, a short piece on the Sundarbans mangrove forest, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
TEACHING IN BANGLADESH
1998 - 2014
My teaching experience in Bangladesh spans a variety of roles, from developing and teaching courses at the University level for the Bangladesh Cinema & Television Institute and North South University, to shorter courses and workshops at public and private institutes and organizations such as the National Institute of Mass Communication, Pathshala South Asian Media Institute, and the British Council.