Assistant Professor, Theatre and Film Studies

Basic Information

Rielle Navitski teaches a range of film history and theory courses, including Latin American Film and Media and American Ethnic Cinema. Her research interests include Latin American visual culture, silent and early sound film, and the relationship between cinema and the illustrated press.

Dr. Navitski's articles have appeared in Cinema JournalScreenFilm HistoryJournal of Latin American Cultural StudiesRevista de Estudios Hispánicos and a number of edited collections. Her Ph.D. thesis received the 2014 SCMS Dissertation Award for outstanding dissertation in film and media studies. Her book Public Spectacles of Violence: Sensational Cinema and Journalism in Early Twentieth-Century Mexico and Brazil (Duke University Press, 2017) expands on this research, exploring how early films and the illustrated press in the two nations staged spectacles of violence that were framed as signs of local modernity. Dr. Navitski is the co-editor (with Nicolas Poppe) of Cosmopolitan Film Cultures in Latin America, 1896-1960, an anthology of critical essays and primary texts in English translation (Indiana University Press, 2017). She is currently conducting research for a book-length project tentatively entitled Transatlantic Film Culture Between Latin America and France, 1945-1965.


Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley