Assistant Professor; Director of Undergraduate Studies; 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
Kelly Kirshtner's research interests include film and media theory, sound studies, critical theory, and visual studies, among other areas. Her writing includes a doctoral dissertation about the microphone’s appearances in radio, television, and cinema (2011), as well as somewhat shorter essays on topics such as sonic resistance in public space, early film and radio performance, film and television sound, and the preservation of archival memory. Her current research (and book project) examines the shifting place of the body in the act of sound recording, with focus on the acoustics of presence in the sound field.
Kirshtner's creative work often employs video, audio recordings, installation, or performance to examine or reveal hidden forces that influence our perception, experience, memory, or subjectivity. She has organized a number of exhibitions featuring sound and other time-based works in the past, and is currently planning an exhibition of sound works to take place in Milwaukee.
Kirshtner teaches courses in both theory and practice, including topics in sound design, audio recording and post-production, film sound theory and history, media studies, film aesthetics, theory and criticism, genre studies (horror, 1970s, documentary), visual and taste culture, history of special effects, and apocalyptic cinema.