Ph.D., Yale University, 2017
Mihaela's research interests include animation, film and media theory, early Soviet cinema, contemporary Eastern European cinema, video games, and comics. She has published articles in animation: an interdisciplinary journal, Studies in Russian and Soviet Cinema, Post Script: Essays in Film and the Humanities, and Kino Kultura. She has also contributed chapters to Animating Film Theory (ed. Karen Beckman) (co-written with John MacKay), Animated Landscapes: History, Form, and Function (ed. Chris Pallant), and the forthcoming volumes Drawn from Life: Issues and Themes in Animated Documentary Cinema (eds. Jonathan Murray and Nea Ehrlich) and Animation Studies Handbook (eds. Bella Honess Roe, Nichola Dobson, Amy Ratelle, and Caroline Ruddell).
She is currently working on a book manuscript, "Animating Global Realities in the Digital Age." Through a comparative analysis of contemporary studio animation and visual effects produced in the United States and Russia, the project examines how animated media’s relationship to reality articulates national ideologies in the era of digital globalization.
FLM 230: Introduction to Film
FLM 355: Digital Domains: History and Aesthetics of Computer Animation and Visual Effects
FLM 452: Film, Gender and Sexuality: Cyborg Women in Film & Media