Dale Hudson

Associate Teaching Professor of Film and New Media and Curator of Film and New Media Affiliation: NYU Abu Dhabi
Email: dmh2018@nyu.edu
Education: BA, Bucknell University; MA, New York University; PhD, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Research Areas: postcolonial and transnational film and digital media; art, environmentalism, and globalization; film and visual culture in Middle East, North Africa, South Asia (MENASA), especially the Gulf


Dale Hudson’s research focuses on film, digital, and visual media as sites to understand structural inequality that manifests in involuntary migration, free trade, and climate crisis through frameworks of postcolonial, critical race, globalization, environmental, and animal studies.

His publications and programming focus on three interdisciplinary areas of inquiry: (1) locating environmentalist modes of resistance and contestation to privatization of resources and knowledge, particularly through experimental and interactive documentary modes, (2) understanding film, visual, and digital media within and against the western-defined areas or regions of Middle East, North Africa, South Asia (MENASA), especially the Gulf, by focusing on historical interconnections, and (3) considering possibilities for social and environmental justice against the nexus of racism, sexism, and speciesism in film, television, and web media.

He is author of Vampires, Race, and Transnational Hollywoods and co-author with Patricia R. Zimmermann of Thinking through Digital Media: Transnational Environments and Locative Places. His essays and other writings appear in Afterimage, American Quarterly, Cinema Journal, Film Quarterly, Jadaliyya, Media + Environment, Screen, Studies in Documentary Film, Studies in South Asian Film and Media, and other journals and anthologies.

He has curated and co-curated annual online exhibitions of digital media for the Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival (FLEFF) since 2007. He has served as a member of the board of directors for the Association of Gulf and Arabian Peninsula Studies (AGAPS) since 2017 and has coordinated Film from the Gulf at the Middle East Studies Association (MESA) Film Festival since 2016. He also programs art exhibitions and film series, mostly related to the Gulf, with the NYUAD Art Gallery and NYUAD Institute.

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