Professor of Television, Film and Media Studies, Ph.D., UCLA
Professor Ramirez received his doctorate in Film & Television Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles. His course topics include film/video documentary history and theory, film/television criticism, Third Cinema/Video, and identity politics and media. John’s research and writing is published in New Latin American Cinema (Ed., Michael Martin. Detroit: Wayne State UP, 1997), The Social Documentary in Latin America (Ed., Julianne Burton. Pittsburgh: U of Pittsburgh P, 1990), "Show Us Life": History and Theory of the Committed Documentary (Ed., Thomas Waugh. New Jersey: Scarecrow Press, 1984), and in such journals as Pre/Text, International Documentary, Jump Cut: Review of Contemporary Media, and Camera Obscura: Journal of Feminism and Film Theory. He is currently conducting research for a study of Chicano Cinema through the lens of queer theory. In 1998, John coordinated the first campus wide Cal State LA Student Film/Video Festival, which now in its thirteenth year continues to grow and garner increasing University support and following. In 2004, John co-directed and since 2005 has directed the annual Reel Rasquache Art & Film Festival, the first exhibition forum in Los Angeles, Southern California and the West Coast to focus on the U.S. Latino experience in film and art.