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Brooke Belisle

Associate Professor

Areas of Specialization: Comparative Media (History and Theory of Photography, Cinema, Digital Media); Media Art, Media Theory, Media Archaeology; Immersion and Interactivity; Critical Theory and Phenomenology; 19th Century Visual Culture; Visual Cultures of Science

Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley
Office: Staller Center for the Arts #4275
Office Hours: 
     Mondays 1:00 - 2:30 PM online
     Thursdays 10:45 AM - 12:45 PM in person
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Professor Belisle researches and teaches the comparative history and theory of media aesthetics. Her work focuses on the recurrent disruptions and possibilities of “new media”, exploring emergent formats and experimental practices that echo across different periods of technological and social transformation. She is the Graduate Program Director for Stony Brook’s MA and PhD in Art History, directs the interdisciplinary Graduate Certificate in Media, Art, Culture, and Technology, and is Affiliated with the Institute for Advanced Computational Science.

Belisle has published on contemporary photography and media art; experimental cinema; 19th century visual culture; immersive and interactive media from the panorama to VR; and the interwoven histories of art, science, and technology. Her book Depth Effects: Dimensionality from Camera to Computer  uses phenomenological and media-archeological methods to relate A.I.-driven techniques of computational imaging to overlooked spatial strategies of early photography, She is working on a second project that considers how the limits of the visible world have been repeatedly recast through changing techniques and aesthetics of astronomical imaging. More information about her recent work, and copies of publications, can be found on her page and at

Belisle completed a PhD at UC Berkeley in Rhetoric with additional emphases in Film and in New Media, a hands-on master’s degree in digital media at New York University’s Interactive Telecommunications Program, and a bachelor’s degree in English at Princeton University. Her work has been supported by research fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies, The Getty Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Stony Brook Trustees Faculty Award. She is on the board of the Journal of Visual Culture where she was formerly an editor, and has held leadership roles in Art History and Visual Culture groups of the Society of Cinema and Media Studies and the Modern Language Association.