Bard Faculty

Mal Ahern

Visiting Instructor in Film and Electronic Arts


AB, University of Chicago; MA, The Graduate Center, City University of New York; MA, MPhil, PhD candidate, Yale University. Mal Ahern’s areas of interests include media archaeology, history of technology, aesthetic theory, experimental cinema, and feminist theory. Her research explores the tensions between visual signification, abstraction, and image-making technologies. Before beginning her doctoral studies at Yale, she was the collection registrar at the Museum of the Moving Image, where she cared for and documented a collection of more than 1000,000 artifacts related to the history of film, TV, and digital media technology. Publications include the articles “Trace: Six Grids and a Hypothesis,” in World Picture and “Invisible Cinema: Andy Warhol’s Films, In and Out of View,” in Millennium Film Journal; reviews in The New Inquiry and The Nation; and a chapter, “Playing with Vision: Riddles of the Sphinx (1977) and the Panoramic Shot,” in the forthcoming On the Viewing Platform: The Panorama from Canvas to Screen.” She previously taught courses in film studies, global material culture, and theory of media at Yale; and English, writing, and rhetoric at Wuhan University of Technology in China.
At Bard since 2018.