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Faculty: Carl Plantinga

Carl PlantingaCarl Plantinga, professor of communication arts and sciences
DeVos Communication Center 270B

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Educational background

  • BA - Calvin College, philosophy, 1980
  • MA - University of Iowa, communication (film), 1982
  • PhD - University of Wisconsin-Madison, communication arts (film) and philosophy, 1989

Research/academic interests

  • film, television, and spectator affect
  • history of cinema
  • documentary film and television history, criticism, and theory
  • film and media theory
  • film and philosophy

Selected publications

Moving Viewers: American Film and the Spectator’s Experience (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2009)

Rhetoric and Representation in Nonfiction Film (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1997)

The Routledge Companion to Philosophy and Film, co-editor with Paisley Livingston (New York: Routledge, 2009)

Passionate Views: Film, Cognition, and Emotion, co-editor with Greg M. Smith (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1999)

"American Documentary in the 1980s,” in Stephen Prince (author and compiler), A New Pot of Gold: Hollywood Under the Electronic Rainbow (New York: Charles Scribners Sons, 2000). 

Professional affiliations

  • President, "Society for Cognitive Studies of the Moving Image"
  • Associate Editor, "Projections: The Journal for Movies and Mind"
  • Member, Society for Cinema Studies
  • Member, American Society for Aesthetics

Curriculum Vitae

Download Carl Plantinga's professional curriculum vitae.