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Dr. Christina Hodel

Christina Hodel standing and smiling
Associate Professor of Communication Studies
Maxwell Library, Room 215Q

BA, California State University, Long Beach
MA, New York University
PhD, University of Kansas

Christina Hodel is an award-winning American/French Polynesian filmmaker, screenwriter, film & television scholar, actress, and educator. She is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at Bridgewater State University where she teaches courses in both filmmaking and film studies. She works in both Boston, MA and Los Angeles, CA.

Christina holds a PhD in Film and Media Studies from the University of Kansas, an MA in Individualized Study (Film/Dance) from New York University, and a BA in Film and Electronic Arts from California State University, Long Beach.

As a practicing artist, Christina has written, directed, produced, starred in, and edited various industrials, public service announcements, commercials, event trailers, video installations, narrative films, and documentaries. Her award-winning feature documentary, Freedom Love Gold, has screened at over 16 festivals around the world.

Her films have received funding, won awards, and screened at festivals including Docs Without Borders, Rome Prisma Independent Film Awards, Essex Doc Fest, American Golden Picture International Film Festival, Tallgrass International Film Festival, Bare Bones International Film and Music Festival, and Lady's First International Film Festival among many others.

She has worked for Food Network, HBO, CBS, ABC, NBC, Freeform, Showtime, The CW, 20th Century Fox, Warner Brothers, Universal Pictures, Sony Pictures, The History Channel, and YouTube Premium.

Christina’s current research explores issues of gender, identity, and girl power in contemporary “tween” television. She has been interviewed by Bustle and Voices of America. She has published in Jump Cut, Girlhood Studies, In Media Res, the Alberta Journal of Educational Research, the Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernism, Studies in the Humanities, and the Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television.

Area of Expertise

Filmmaking, Film Studies, Gender, Children's Media, Directing, Screenwriting, Producing, Feminist Studies, Tween Television, Narrative Filmmaking, Documentary Filmmaking