Jennifer Machiorlatti

Jennifer Machiorlatti

Jennifer Machiorlatti

Jennifer machiolatti

213 Sprau Tower
(269) 387-3146

Education: Ph.D., Wayne State University
Areas of Expertise: Media Production

Jennifer Machiorlatti, Ph.D.,
Associate Professor of Communication and Director of Undergraduate Studies.

‘Dr. Mac’ teaches in the areas of media and cultural studies, video/media production, media writing, film studies, communication and social justice, and intercultural communication.  Her research and media art/production interests include Documentary, Aboriginal/First Nation and Native media, Environment and Communication, Gender and Feminist influenced media.  She publishes essays on women and film, aboriginal media and popular culture in AfterImage: Journal of Arts and Criticism, A Leadership Journal - Sharing the Vision, PostScript Cinema Journal, and The South Atlantic Review.  Two recent essays appear in Talking Back: Native American Perspectives on Film and Media (Eds. Elise Marubbio and Eric Buffalohead, University of Virginia Press, 2012) and Framing the World: Ecocriticism and Film (Ed. Paula Willoquet-Maricondi, University of Virginia Press, 2010).  Dr. Machiorlatti’s media production background includes working at CBS and Fox affiliates in Detroit in promotion and programming, as well as producing independent art and community media.  Her documentary and installation art has been shown across the U.S. and Canada at The Indie Fest, Dallas Video Festival, East Lansing Film Festival, Waterfront Film Festival, and Glass Curtain Gallery (Chicago, IL) as well as webcast on, and Documentary Channel.  Machiorlatti is currently in post-production on Matriarchal Voices: Indigenous Women in Cinema and Digital Media – a feature documentary on Native North American media storytellers. Dr. Machiorlatti earned her Ph.D. in 1996 from Wayne State University, M.A. in 1990 from Michigan State University and completed two study abroad programs.

Areas of expertise:

Media Studies, Video and Multimedia, Production, Documentary, Indigenous Media and Feminist/Women's Media.

Courses that Dr. Machiorlatti teaches at WMU

COM 2560 Digital Media-Planning&Operations
COM 3550 Intro to Digital Video Production


South Atlantic Modern Language Association Review


School of Communication
Western Michigan University
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5318 USA
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