Cinema Studies
Department Chair:
Grace An

Administrative Assistant:
Sarah Pardee

Department Email:

Phone: (440) 775-6601
Fax: (440) 775-8684

Rice 116
10 N. Professor St.
Oberlin, OH, 44074

Office Hours: Monday - Friday: 8:00 AM - 11:45 AM

Ryan Conrath

Ryan Conrath

Visiting Assistant Professor

Contact Information


Lewis Annex 208
(440) 775-8972

Personal Office Hours:
Tuesday & Thursday 3:00PM - 5:00PM

Ryan Conrath

Educational Background

  • Eckerd College, B.A. in Film Studies
  • Boston University, M.F.A. in Film Production (Directing)
  • University of Rochester, Ph.D. in Visual and Cultural Studies

I was the first student at Eckerd College to major in Film Studies, designing my degree program around a hybrid conception of the field based in both practice and theory. I then went on to pursue an MFA in Film Production at Boston University, where, again, I sought to integrate "scholar" and "artist" into one being. Between graduate programs, I spent a brief time working for a PBS affiliate in south Florida, where I acted as a producer and image editor for a documentary series on local conservation histories. One of the best decisions I ever made was to enroll in a PhD program in Visual and Cultural Studies at the University of Rochester: a rigorously interdisciplinary program that allowed me to address a diverse set of interests and media under a single intellectual agenda. From 2014-2016, I was a Fellow in the Moving Image Department at the George Eastman Museum, where I curated several gallery exhibitions and film series. I'm excited to add Oberlin to the roster of places I've lived, which includes cities in Michigan, Maine, North Carolina, Florida, Massachusetts, New York, and Turkey. I'm also thrilled to be involved with the Cinema Studies program here at Oberlin, where interdisciplinary scholarship and creative expression so often march under the same banner.