Kara Andersen

Cinema StudiesSchool of Filmmaking

With expertise in the areas of animation history and theory, video game studies and American film, Kara Andersen brings an interdisciplinary and academic approach to cinema studies. Her dissertation "Immaterial Materiality: Collecting in Live-Action Film, Animation and Digital," analyzes the representation of collectors and collecting in live-action film, animation, television and video games.


  • Assistant Professor at the CUNY Graduate Center, 2017
  • Assitant Professor at the Feirstein Graduate School of Cinema at Brooklyn College, 2015-19
  • Instructor and Assistant Professor at Brooklyn College CUNY, 2009-19
  • Faculty at Pittsburgh Filmmakers, 2006-07
  • Visiting Lecturer, Visiting Instructor and Teaching Fellow at University of Pittsburgh, 2001-09
  • Lecturer at Northeastern University, 1998-2001

Career Highlights

  • Written extensively for the Encyclopedia of Video Games: The Culture, Technology, and Art of Gaming; Politics and Culture; and Scope
  • Work has been published in Animation Journal Post Script and Comparative Literature and Culture

Awards, Recognitions and Honors

  • American Association of University Women American Fellowships Summer/Short Term Research Publication Grant, 2015
  • PSC-CUNY Research Grants
  • CUNY Faculty Fellowship Publication Program, Spring 2012
  • William Stewart Travel Award, 2011


  • Society for Animation Studies
  • Society for Cinema and Media Studies
  • Association Internationale du Film d’Animation-Hollywood Animation Educators Forum


PhD EnglishUniversity of Pittsburgh

MA EnglishNortheastern University

BA Modern LiteratureUniversity of California at Santa Cruz