Joel David [pen name] bio: Teacher, scholar, & gadfly of film, media, & culture. Ph.D. & M.A. in Cinema Studies at New York University (2002 & 1994 respectively), on Fulbright scholarship; undergraduate degrees in film (1986) and journalism (1979), both cum laude, at the University of the Philippines (UP), the country’s official national university. Professor of Cultural Studies, Inha University (lectured in 2006-07, full-time since 2008, tenured in 2013). Previously Associate Professor, UP College of Mass Communication (employed since 1987) and founding Director of the UP Film Institute in 2003. Editorial board member of the ISI-indexed journals Kritika Kultura and Plaridel: A Philippine Journal of Communication, Media, and Society, and of Unitas: Semi-Annual Scholarly Journal of the University of Santo Tomas. Scholarly interests may be inferred from publications posted in the present blog, including film narrative, genders & sexualities, Orientalism, new media.

Non-academic stints include: Director of Publications at Haver Analytics, New York (to 2001; initially employed in 1994 as Research Assistant); Head of Writers Section at Experimental Cinema of the Philippines (1982-86); Writer at The Review (1980-82); Managing Editor at Philippine Collegian (1978-79). Freelanced as writer of articles and scripts, production assistant and occasional “atmosphere person” for film and TV projects, book publisher, radio host, and now first-time blogger. Winner of the Gawad Lingap Sining [Art Nurturing Award] of the Filipino Arts & Cinema International (FACINE), awarded for film scholarship and criticism, and bestowed during the 23rd Annual FACINE Festival’s opening ceremony at the City College of San Francisco’s Diego Rivera Theater on October 18, 2016.

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