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Ariel Rogers
Associate Professor; Director of Graduate Studies, Screen Cultures

Ariel Rogers

Ariel Rogers is an associate professor in the Department of Radio/Television/Film. Her research and teaching address the history and theory of cinema and related media, with a focus on movie technologies, new media, and spectatorship. She is the author of Cinematic Appeals: The Experience of New Movie Technologies (2013) and On the Screen: Displaying the Moving Image, 1926-1942 (2019), both published by Columbia University Press. Her work on topics such as widescreen cinema, digital cinema, special effects, screen technologies, and virtual reality has also appeared in edited collections and journals including Cinema Journal, Film History, montage AV, and Screen.


PhDCinema and Media Studies, University of Chicago
BAFilm Studies and Philosophy, Columbia University



On the Screen: Displaying the Moving Image, 1926-1942. New York: Columbia University Press, 2019.

Cinematic Appeals: The Experience of New Movie Technologies. New York: Columbia University Press, 2013.

Journal Articles and Book Chapters

“‘Taking the Plunge’: The New Immersive Screens.” In Screen Genealogies: From Optical Device to Environmental Medium, edited by Craig Buckley, Rüdiger Campe, and Francesco Casetti, 135-158. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2019.

“Screen Practices and Hollywood Cinema in the 1930s.” Screen 60, no. 2 (Summer 2019): 197-223.

“Die Konstruktion eines ‘synchronen Feldes’: Benjamin Schlangers Experimente mit der Gestaltung von Leinwänden und Kinosälen in den 1930er Jahren.” Translated by Guido Kirsten. Montage AV 25, no. 2 (2016): 167-180.

“Scaling Down: Cinerama on Blu-ray.” In Screens, edited by Dominique Chateau and José Moure, 82-96. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2016.

“Classical Hollywood, 1928-1946: Special/Visual Effects.” In Editing and Special/Visual Effects, edited by Kristen Whissel and Charlie Keil, 68-77. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2016.

“‘You Don’t So Much Watch It As Download It’: Conceptualizations of Digital Spectatorship.” Film History 24, no. 2 (2012): 221-234.

“‘Smothered in Baked Alaska’: The Anxious Appeal of Widescreen Cinema.” Cinema Journal 51, no. 3 (Spring 2012): 74-96.

Recent Awards and Honors

Clarence Simon Award for Outstanding Teaching and Mentoring in the School of Communication, Northwestern University, 2019.

ACLS Fellowship, 2016



  • RTVF 312-1 History of Film I
  • RTVF 321-0 The Films of Todd Haynes
  • RTVF 322-0 Melodrama
  • RTVF 341-0 Digital Cinema
  • RTVF 341-0 Special Effects
  • RTVF 398-0 Screens


  • RTVF 412-0 Cultural History of Film
  • RTVF 413-0 Cultural History of New Media
  • RTVF 420-0 Film Theory and Criticism
  • RTVF 443-0 Screens