Welcome to Comparative Literature, Cinema and Media (or CLCM, which we pronounce “click’m”)!
We are glad you’re considering studies at the University of Washington and in the CLCM graduate program. Our department, and especially the program in Cinema and Media Studies, are undergoing exciting changes, and I’d like to apprise you of them.
In recent years, the department’s focus has shifted to research and teaching in cinema and media. With one of the largest majors in the humanities, the department has a leading role and a visible presence on campus. The faculty have a high research profile and have won national and international awards, including a Film Academy Award, NEH fellowship, Kovacz Prizes, NEA Creative Writing Fellowship, the Levenson book prize, a Guggenheim fellowship, and more. The department is home to the editors of Modern Languages Quarterly and the Journal of Chinese Cinemas. Our graduate students maintain strong research agendas and are being trained for the current academic job market that requires intensive and effective teaching. Our faculty is committed to fostering a collegial environment and closely mentoring the graduate cohort, relatively small and planned to grow over the next few years. Our graduate students have moved into successful careers in academia (in the U.S. and abroad), education, business, translation, and public service.
The primary strengths of the cinema and media program include global contexts, archival research, critical theory, screenwriting, documentary film, gender studies, festival studies, animation and anime, and media archaeology. While the core faculty resides in the department of Comparative Literature, Cinema and Media, the program in cinema and media works closely with faculty whose primary research is in film, in departments including Spanish, Scandinavian, English, Anthropology, Germanics, Asian Languages and Literature, and others.
We foster these interests through multi-year projects and colloquia on the moving image, Chinese visual culture, and television history. We are involved with the local community through projects such as an oral history of TV in the Northwest. We regularly collaborate with the Northwest Film Forum, Seattle International Film Festival, Seattle Lesbian and Gay Film Festival, Seattle Jewish Film Festival, Tasveer South Asian Film Festival, Nordic Lights Film Festival, and other leading regional organizations.
Please do not hesitate to contact me and my colleagues for further information and advice. We look forward to hearing from you!
Yomi Braester, Graduate Program Coordinator
Why choose Comparative Literature, Cinema and Media at UW?
- UW ranked No. 4 in US among public universities.
- Fantastic faculty with books across disciplines and fields.
- Outstanding placement record for our doctorates. Meet an alum here.
- Teaching assistantships and fellowships support your progress through the Phd. program.
- The Walter Chapin Simpson Center for the Humanities offers fellowships, research opportunities, and a diverse program of events, lectures, and symposia in the Humanities.
- UW Libraries offer an extensive collection of non-English literature, hard to find film, and television, and special librarians for Comparative Literature and for Cinema and Media.
- The MediArcade offers vintage 16mm film, digital video editing equipment, a music archive, and video game consoles.
- A chance to work across disciplines within the Humanities and outside of it with DXARTS and the Performance Studies programs.
- Local cultural institutions such as the Seattle Art Museum, Wing Luke Museum, Northwest Film Forum, and the Museum of Pop Culture.
- The Seattle International Film Festival!
The Graduate Program of the Department of Comparative Literature, Cinema & Media offers the following options, programs, and certificates:
After choosing the program that is right for you, you may Apply to the Graduate Program.