Class of 1983 – BA, Innis
Catherine Russell is a Professor in the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema at Concordia University in Montreal. In addition to teaching courses in Film Studies, she is the Director of the PhD in Humanities Program (Interdisciplinary Studies in Society and Culture). Professor Russell has written several books, including Experimental Ethnography: The Work of Film in the Age of Video, and is currently completing a book on the Japanese director Naruse Mikio. After graduating from Innis College in 1983, she completed an MA and PhD in Cinema Studies at New York University, and she taught for two years at Queen’s University before starting at Concordia in 1990. In 2006 Professor Russell won the senior research fellowship at Concordia University.
While at Innis College, “Katie” edited the Innis Herald and wrote film reviews for The Varsity. She particularly remembers Roger Greenwald’s creative writing workshop, and the film classes that she took with Kay Armatage. Although she was not a Cinema Studies major, after she left Innis, she invited Bart Testa to be on her thesis committee at NYU. One of the best things about Innis was the flexibility of the General Arts degree that enabled her to take courses all over the University, creating the basis of the interdisciplinary scholarship in which she is now engaged.
When she is not writing or traveling or teaching, or putting out fires as a University administrator, Katie sings in Choeur Maha, a Montreal-based women’s choir. Her home page is at: http://cinema.concordia.ca /index.php/russell