Patrice Petro

Dick Wolf Director of the Carsey-Wolf Center and Presidential Chair in Media Studies

SSMS 4433

(805) 893-2705

Patrice Petro is Professor of Film and Media Studies, Dick Wolf Director of the Carsey-Wolf Center, and Presidential Chair in Media Studies. She is the author, editor, and co-editor of twelve books, including The Routledge Companion to Cinema and Gender (with Kristin Hole, Dijana Jelaca, and E. Ann Kaplan, 2017), Teaching Film (2012), Idols of Modernity: Movie Stars of the 1920s (2010), Rethinking Global Security: Media, Popular Culture, and the "War on Terror" (2006), and Aftershocks of the New: Feminism and Film History (2002). She served two terms as President of the Society for Cinema and Media Studies, the largest U.S. professional organization for college and university educators, filmmakers, historians, critics, scholars, and others devoted to the study of the moving image.


Keith Boynton

Senior Production Manager

1202 Pollock Theater

(805) 893-7208 

Keith Boynton is Senior Producer Director for the Department of Film and Media Studies and serves as Camera Director and Audio Technician for Pollock Theater events.  He manages all aspects of the 1300-square-foot production soundstage at the Pollock Theater. He began his production career at Seymour Duncan Manufacturing.  He has served as a camera operator, production assistant, floor director, and promotional producer for affiliated network news stations' live broadcasts, as well as a writer, producer, videographer, director, lighting specialist, editor, audio engineer and producer for public broadcast television.


Paula Firth

Administrative Assistant

SSMS 4429

(805) 893-4637

Paula Firth is responsible for financial tracking and office administration for the Carsey-Wolf Center.  She landed at UCSB after working in the airline industry for over 32 years and retiring in 2013.  She lends her diverse background to her current position as an Administrative Assistant.  She is a second-generation Santa Barbaran who loves the outdoors.


Kathy Murray

Business Officer, Film and Media Studies

SSMS 2429

(805) 893-2120

Kathy Murray is responsible for the administrative and financial management functions of the Carsey-Wolf Center and the Department of Film and Media Studies.


Matthew Ryan

Pollock Theater Director

1102 Pollock Theater

(805) 893-5872

As Pollock Theater Director, Matthew Ryan pioneered the Pollock Theater Internship, which professionalizes students by helping them to develop production skills with hands-on experience. Ryan created and hosts the Script to Screen series, which has presented exciting events like a discussion of 12 Years a Slave  with Oscar-winning screenwriter John Ridley, a discussion of American Beauty with Oscar-winning screenwriter Alan Ball, and a discussion of Hidden Figures with writer/producer/director Theodore Melfi, actor Kevin Costner and President of Fox 2000 Pictures Elizabeth Gabler.


Dana Welch


SSMS 4435

(805) 893-5867

Dana Welch provides digital and print design services to the Carsey-Wolf Center, producing banners, posters, calendars and content for the media walls in the Pollock Theater.  He serves as the Film and Website Manager for the Department of Film and Media Studies.


Emily Zinn

Associate Director

SSMS 4431

(805) 893-4585

Emily Zinn earned her Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in English Literature.  Her research interests include contemporary British and American literature, the role of food in literature, and fairy tales.  She currently serves as a lecturer in UCSB's English department, and she previously taught at Yale University and the Curtis Institute of Music. Before coming to the Carsey-Wolf Center, Emily was Associate Director of UCSB's Interdisciplinary Humanities Center.

Graduate Student Researchers:


Alexander Champlin

GSR, Film & Media Studies Graduate Student

SSMS 4437

Alex Champlin received his BA in English and Sociology from the University of California, Riverside and his MA in American Culture Studies from Bowling Green State University in Ohio. PhD candidate in the Department of Film and Media Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He studies spectator videogaming as an emergent media phenomenon. He is interested in the ways that play and game cultures shift as games become broadcast texts 


Naomi DeCelles

GSR, Film & Media Studies Graduate Student

SSMS 4439

Currently pursuing a PhD in Film and Media Studies, Naomi DeCelles completed a BA in Comparative Literature in 2012, and an MA in Cinema and Media Studies in 2014. Naomi's research interests include European film history, film theory and archive studies. 

Pollock Theater Student Staff:

Casey Blevins

Allie Essoyan

Jamie Misanko

Morgan Mowry