Jessica Ruffin

Jessica Ruffin

PhD Student in German Literature and Culture

jessica.ruffin@berkeley.edu

Jessica Ruffin is a graduate student in German Literature and Culture with intended Designated Emphases in Film and Media Studies and Critical Theory. She holds a BA in Film and Media Studies from Stanford University (2007) and a MA in Humanities from the University of Chicago (2008), where she focused on film theory and aesthetics. From 2008-2013, Jessica acted as editor for Millennium Film Journal, a publication dedicated to avant-garde and experimental media practice. In 2012, Jessica became office and projects manager for Aubin Pictures, a non-profit documentary company focused on issues of social justice, arts and culture. She served as associate producer for Aubin's documentary Born to Fly: Elizabeth Streb vs. Gravity and joined the board of directors in 2015. At Berkeley, Jessica hopes to illuminate theories of film spectatorship through philosophies of the sublime and divine and contemporary aesthetic manifestos.

Research Areas

history of aesthetics; psychoanalysis; spectatorial theory; idealism; situationism; agency; alienation; war as catalyst