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Marguerite Mendell, PhD

Distinguished Professor Emeritus, School of Community and Public Affairs

Liz is a documentary maker and professor interested in new approaches to community collaborations and documentary as a way to connect personal stories to larger social concerns.  Years of experience in community media and a background in political economics, electronic media art, and Latin American studies fuel her ongoing explorations of new media as art, advocacy, and as a powerful educational tool. Liz teaches courses in moving images, food and film, research-creation and more. Having lived in Central and South America for over six years, she continues to collaborate with groups in the region. She has organized and led media institutes and workshops with a range of groups (youth, senior citizens, human rights advocates, refugee organizations, teachers, water experts) in video advocacy, digital storytelling and media production. She is the co-author of Going Public: The Art of ParticipatoryPractice. Her films/educational campaigns on timely issues such as water privatization, immigration, refugee rights and the environment have won international awards, been integrated into educational curricula and influenced decision makers.


MFA, Electronic Arts, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

BA, Social Thought & Political Economy, University of Massachusetts

Research interests

Virtual Reality, interactive documentary, video advocacy, community media, climate resilience, gender and communication, electronic art, documentary, video art, youth media, food politics, sustainability, water privatization, migration, refugees rights, Latin American film, 


Coms 384 Moving Images
Coms 684/876 Media Technology as Practice
Coms 569 Moving Images, Diploma


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