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Hoffmann Appointed Assistant Professor of Film at Clarkson University

Claudia Hoffmann has been appointed assistant professor of film at Clarkson University.

Claudia HoffmanShe received her bachelor of arts in American language, literature, and culture from the University of Hamburg, Germany, her master of arts in English from Purdue University, and her Ph.D. in English with a concentration in film and African studies from the University of Florida.

Before coming to this position, she was a visiting assistant professor in the Department of English at the University of Toronto at Scarborough for three years and a visiting assistant professor in the School of Theater, Film, and Television and the International Institute/African Studies Center at the University of California at Los Angeles for two years.

Hoffmann was also an Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Humanities program "Cultures in Transnational Perspective" at UCLA.

She has written articles about African cinema and undocumented migration for professional journals and is currently working on a book about the representation of clandestine migration in international cinema. She is also co-editing a collection of essays on undocumented migration in the arts.  

Among her recent international presentations are “Beyond the Sea as Border: Migrant Sea Travel and Maritime Contexts in Transnational African Cinema” in 2014 at the Annual Conference of the African Literature Association, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa. In 2011, she presented “Where Nollywood meets Hollywood: Nigerian Video Film Production in Los Angeles” at Pan-African University, Lagos, Nigeria.

Hoffmann has also delivered papers at conferences in Germany, the United Kingdom, and North America, including, “Cinematic Diasporas and Transatlantic African Filmmaking: Nigerian Video Film Production from Lagos to Los Angeles” in 2014 at the American Comparative Literature Association Conference, New York City. In 2013, she was panel chair for a session on undocumented migration in literature and film and presented a paper entitled “Documenting the Undocumented: The Cinematic Landscapes of Clandestine Migration” at the American Comparative Literature Association Conference in Toronto.

Along with teaching a broad range of film, literature, and cultural studies courses at the University of Toronto, she served on committees, including the awards committee and the faculty/students relations committee. She also organized and co-organized speaker series, panels and conferences at UCLA, when she was a visiting professor there. She has served as a panelist and jury member at several film festivals, among them the 2011 Artivist Film Festival in Los Angeles and the 2015 Eastern Breeze International Film Festival in Toronto.

Her awards and honors include the Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Humanities, University of California at Los Angeles; 2009 Award for Excellence in Intermediate Yoruba, University of Florida; College of Liberal Arts Summer Travel Grant, University of Florida; Outstanding International Student Academic Award, University of Florida; and Award for Excellence in Teaching, University Writing Program, University of Florida.

Hoffmann is a member of the African Literature Association, African Studies Association, American Comparative Literature Organization, and Modern Language Association.

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