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Ryan Conrath

Ryan Conrath


  • University of Rochester, PhD, Visual and Cultural Studies, 2016
  • Boston University, MFA, Film Production, 2009
  • Eckerd College, BA, Film Studies, 2006

Areas of Expertise

  • Experimental and Independent Cinema
  • The Politics and Aesthetics of Editing
  • Film and Video Production


Ryan Conrath holds a B.A. in Film Studies from Eckerd College, an M.F.A. in Film Production from Boston University, and a Ph.D. in Visual and Cultural Studies from the University of Rochester. He held teaching appointments in the areas of film studies and art history at Oberlin College and Syracuse University before joining the English faculty at Salisbury University in 2018.

Dr. Conrath's work as a teacher, scholar, and producer is informed by an international and often non-industrial conception of cinema. His research focuses on experimental film/video and international art cinema, and pivots on questions of collective politics, embodiment, and ecology. His book, Between Images: Montage and the Problem of Relation (Oxford University Press, 2023) looks at the politics and aesthetics of editing in experimental and expanded cinematic practices. Alongside his scholarly activity, he is also a producer, having acted in various capacities (director, performer, cinematographer) on a range of film productions. He is also active as a programmer and curator, and has organized museum exhibitions and screening programs on topics including the history of color film processes, Indigenous cinema, poetry and film, and postwar cinematic montage. Previously, he served as a managing editor at the pioneering online journal InVisible Culture, and currently serves as Associate Editor of Literature/Film Quarterly at Salisbury University.