Dan Leopard

Dan Leopard

Overview

Department: 
School of Liberal Arts » Communication
SMC Email Address: 
Contact Information: 

Office
Sichel Hall - 105-H

Contact:
Phone: 8151
Email: drl1@stmarys-ca.edu
Mail: P.O. Box 3528

Education

Professional Experience

Teaching Experience:

  • Associate Professor - Saint Mary's College of California (July 2011 - Present)
  • Assistant Professor - Saint Mary's College of California (August 2006 - June 2011)
  • Visiting Assistant Professor - School of Cinematic Arts, University of Southern California (August 2005 - May 2006)
  • Media Production Teacher - James Logan High School (August 1994 - June 2000)

Fellowship:

  • PhD Dissertation Fellowship, Annenberg Communications Critical Pathway - Division of Critical Studies, School of Cinema-Television, University of Southern (September 2003)

Courses Taught

Recently Taught:

  • Visual Communication: Comics and Graphic Novels
  • Advanced Digital Studies
  • Andy Warhol and the Media Culture of the Sixties
  • Communication and Social Understanding
  • Documentary Film and Media History
  • Documentary Media Production
  • Media Ethnography
  • Otaku, Anime, Manga: New Fan Cultures, New Subjectivities
  • Senior Thesis/Capstone
  • Visual Research Methods
  • Youth Media and Culture

Regularly Taught:

  • Communication Theory
  • Film
  • Media Technologies and Culture

Service

Manuscript Reviewer, Studies in Documentary Film, October 2016

Presentations

Selected Presentations

  • “'Pinchas Gutter:' The Virtual Holocaust Survivor as Embodied Archive," presented at the 2nd Memory Studies Association conference, University of Copenhagen, Denmark, December 2017.

  • “'Pinchas Gutter:' The Virtual Holocaust Survivor as Embodied Archive," presented at Digital Approaches to Genocide Studies conference, Shoah Foundation Visual History Archive, University of Southern California, October 2017.

  • “‘Pinchas Gutter’: The Holographic Holocaust Survivor as Embodied Archive,” presented at the Association for Jewish Studies 48th annual conference, San Diego, December 2016. Co-author: Noah Shenker, Monash University. 

  • “Pinchas Gutter: The Figure of Holocaust Testimony as Embodied Archive and Interactive Documentary,” presented at Dr. Jan Randa Aftermath Conference 2016: Rethinking Holocaust Paradigms, Australian Center for Jewish Civilization, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia, September 2016. Co-author: Noah Shenker, Monash. 
  • “Pinchas Gutter: The Figure of Holocaust Testimony as Embodied Archive and Interactive Documentary,” presented at Visible Evidence XXIII, conference on documentary media, Montana State University, Bozeman, MT, August 2016. Co-author: Noah Shenker, Monash University, Australia.
  • “My Mummy Complex: Fusing Trauma and History in the Televisual 1960s.” Paper presentation at the Association for the Psychoanalysis of Culture and Society annual conference, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, October 2015.
  • The Encounter and the Frame: Models of Reciprocal Interaction in 1960's Media Culture. (paper)
    Recollection, Repetition, and Working Through: Activism Today, Association for the Psychoanalysis of Culture and Society Conference, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ

    (October 2014)
  • The Encounter and the Frame: Psychoanalysis, Cybernetics, and Humanistic Psychology as Models of Reciprocation in 1960’s Media Culture. (paper)
    Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference, Seattle

    (March 2014)
  • The Mind in Midcentury Media: Mentalities on the Cusp of the Digital Age. (panel or forum chair, moderator, or leader)
    Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference, Seattle
    (March 2014)
  • Machine, Code, Actor: The Virtual Humans of the ICT and the Future of Cinema. (paper)
    The Magic of Special Effects: Cinema-Technology-Reception Conference, Cinémathèque québécoise, Montreal

    (November 2013)
  • Teaching Machines/War Machines: Science Fiction, Media Theory, and the Virtual Humans of the ICT. (paper)
    Eaton/Science Fiction Research Association Conference, University of California, Riverside
    (April 2013)
  • Scholarly Social Media: Successes, Failures, and the Future. (panel or forum member)
    Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference, Chicago
    (March 2013)
  • Media Studies and the Digital Humanities Movement. (panel or forum member)
    Flow Conference 2012, University of Texas at Austin
    (November 2012)
  • The Dogs (and Monkeys) of War: The Documentary Artifact and the Evocative Object in Anime. (paper)
    Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference, Boston
    (March 2012)
  • The iPad for Cinema and Media Studies: A Hands (and Fingers)-on Workshop. (panel or forum member)
    Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference, Boston
    (March 2012)
  • Experts in the Networked World: Presence, Telepresence, and the BBC Documentary. (paper)
    Screen Studies Conference, University of Glasgow
    (July 2010)
  • Space, Time, and the Cut: BBC Documentary and the Emergence of Global Telepresence. (paper)
    International Communication Association Annual Conference, Singapore
    (June 2010)
  • The Human/Document, Simulation/World: Documentary Studies and New Media Theory. (paper)
    Society for Cinema and Media Studies 50th Annual Conference, Los Angeles
    (March 2010)
  • The Ascent of Man: BBC Documentary and the Rise of Global Telepresence. (paper)
    Visible Evidence XVI, conference on documentary media, University of Southern California, Los Angeles
    (August 2009)
  • Human Documents: Pedagogical Agency and New Media Technologies. (paper)
    Teachers, Teaching, and the Movies: Representations and Pedagogy in Film, Television, and New Media conference, Saint Marys College of California
    (March 2009)
  • The Web, the World, the Archive, the Database: Documentary Studies and New Media Theory. (paper, panel or forum chair, moderator, or leader)
    Visible Evidence XV, conference on documentary media, Lincoln Unversity, Lincoln, UK
    (August 2008)
  • Other Cinema: Exhibition as Appropriation. (paper)
    Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference, Philadelphia, PA
    (March 2008)
  • Dead Miner Tales: Affect and Melodramatic Excess in Harlan County USA and King Anthracite: the Rock Man. (paper)
    Visible Evidence XIV, conference on documentary media, Ruhr University, Bochum, Germany
    (November 2007)
  • Selling Out, Buying In: Ephemeral Constellations of Media, Art, and Power. (paper)
    Media History Conference, University of Texas at Austin
    (October 2007)
  • Mobilizing Affect: Agency, Emotion, and the Politics of Interactivity in Military New Media. (paper)
    Media, War, and Conflict Conference, Marquette University
    (April 2007)
  • What Can Television Studies Learn from the Radical Avant-Garde?. (panel or forum member)
    Flow Television Studies Conference, University of Texas at Austin
    (October 2006)
  • STEVE and the Military-Entertainment Complex. (paper)
    Visible Evidence XII, conference on documentary media, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada
    (August 2005)
  • Steel Cage Death Match: Student-Produced Media as Indigenous Media. (paper)
    Fifth International Crossroads in Cultural Studies Conference, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    (June 2004)
  • French in Action: Visual Tourism and the Object of Language Acquisition. (paper)
    Multiliteracies and the Contact Zone Conference, Scientific Commission on Literacy, Association Internationale de Linguistique Appliquee, Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium
    (September 2003)

Publications

Active Research Projects

  • Dream and Algorithm: Minds and Media on the Cusp of the Digital Age (Book Manuscript).
  • “Pinchas Gutter: The Figure of Holocaust Testimony as Embodied Archive and Interactive Documentary” (Essay co-authored with Noah Shenker, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia).
  • "Machine, Code, Actor: The Virtual Humans of the ICT and the Future of Cinema,” in The Magic of Special Effects, edited by Philippe Gauthier (in press).

Honors, Awards & Grants

Awards: 
  • Award for Excellence in Teaching - Center for Excellence in Teaching, University of Southern California (March 2002)
Grants: 
  • Independent Filmmaker Award - Eastman Kodak Company (May 1996)
  • Television Production Grant, Open Channels VI - Long Beach Museum of Art (April 1990)

Interests

Scholarly Interests: 
  • The Cartoon Essay and the Graphic Novel
  • Psychoanalysis, Cybernetics, and Cognitive Science
  • Documentary and Avant-garde Media
  • Digital Media and Visual Culture
Pedagogical Interests: 
  • Critical Media Pedagogy and Literacy