Assistant Professor of Film and Electronic Arts
Academic Program Affiliation(s): Film and Electronic Arts
Biography:Masha Shpolberg is a film and media scholar specializing in global documentary, Russian, Central, and Eastern European cinema, ecocinema, and women’s cinema. Her first book, Labor in Late Socialism: The Cinema of Polish Workers’ Unrest, explores how filmmakers responded to successive waves of strikes by co-opting, confronting, or otherwise challenging the representational legacy of socialist realism. Together with Lukas Brasiskis, she is coeditor of Cinema and the Environment in Eastern Europe (forthcoming from Berghahn Books in October 2023) and with Anastasia Kostina of Contemporary Russian Documentary (under contract with Edinburgh University Press). Her academic articles have appeared in The Polish Review, Studies in Eastern European Cinema, NECSUS: European Journal of Media Studies, and the Historical Journal of Film, Radio, and Television. She has also contributed film criticism to Film Quarterly, Senses of Cinema, Tablet, and the Los Angeles Review of Books. She holds a PhD in film and media studies and comparative literature from Yale University.
BA, Princeton University; MA, Université Sorbonne Nouvelle–Paris 3; Diplôme, Ecole Normale Supérieure; PhD, Yale University. At Bard since 2022.