Assistant Professor; Faculty Advisor, Production Club
Ph.D. (Visual Studies), University of California, Irvine. Critical Theory Emphasis.
MFA (Art & Technology), School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Kirshtner’s video, sound, and installation work has been exhibited in gallery or theater spaces in San Francisco and Chicago, Newtonville MA and Pontiac MI, among others. Of particular interest to her work are agents and processes that play at the edges of visible or perceptible space, where boundaries become porous, and new relationships emerge due to movement, time, or differences in perspective— ideas that bridge her creative work and scholarly research. As curator, she has organized a number of exhibitions featuring sound and other time-based works.
Kirshtner teaches courses in sound design, audio recording and post production, film sound theory and history, film aesthetics and criticism, genre studies (horror, 1970s, documentary), taste and visual culture, theory and history of special effects, media studies, and apocalyptic cinema, among other topics.