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Faculty Directory » Rachelle Dermer

Communications Media

Office Hours:

Semester: Spring 2020
Thursday 12:30 PM to 2:00 PM
Friday 7:30 AM to 9 AM

Office Information:

Room Number: Conlon Hall 349
Phone: 978.665.3542

Courses Taught:

Pre-Production for Film/Video (COMM 3506)
Directing Video and Film (COMM 3730)
Writing for Film & Video (COMM 3765)


M.F.A., Vermont College of Fine Arts (Film)
Ph.D., Boston University (Art History (Theory/Criticism and History of Photography))
M.A., Boston University (Art History (History of Photography))
B.F.A., Arizona State University (Photography)

Research Interests:

The "Cambridge Turn"
Personal documentary
Psychoanalysis and the lens

Current Projects:

Long-form non-fiction film currently in post-production: Photography Gave Me Cancer (and Other Stories I Tell Myself)

Developing non-fiction film with working title "The As-If Personality" on Helene Deutsch, an early woman in psychoanalysis (1925)

Representative Publications:

Dermer, R.A. (2012). "Overt Subjectivity and the Use of Professional Coaching Tools to Re-Think the Educational Art Critique." Exposure.

Dermer, R.A. (2002). Photographic Objectivity and the Construction of the Medical Subject in the United States. Ph.D. Dissertation.

Dermer, R.A. (1999). "Joel-Peter Witkin and Dr. Stanley Burns: A Language of Body Parts." History of Photography, 23(3).