Patricia Zimmermann

Professor, Media Arts, Sciences and Studies

Patricia Zimmermann

Patricia Zimmermann

Topics Professor Patricia Zimmermann can address: Film and digital culture, history and theory; film festivals; amateur film, and digital media. An expert in film, media, and digital studies, Patricia Zimmermann is an author, curator, and lecturer. To date, she has published five books and over 100 articles and book chapters. She has given numerous presentations and lectures around the world. She also works as a curator both for Ithaca College as well as outside forums including both national and international museums, conferences, and film festivals. She has also written and produced multimedia live music and archival projects. Her primary focuses of expertise includes: film history, documentary, digital media, political economy and policy, and public media.

Research Focus

  • Film history and historiography
  • Social and political theory of media
  • Documentary and experimental film/video/digital/installation
  • Amateur film and media history
  • Feminist film theory
  • Political economy and public policy of cinema, media, and digital media
  • Digital culture theory


University of Wisconsin, Madison
Ph.D. Communication Arts, 1984

University of Wisconsin, Madison
M.A. Communication Arts, 1979

University of Iowa
B.A. With High Distinction, 1976