Dick Wolf Director of the Carsey-Wolf Center and Presidential Chair in Media Studies
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Patrice Petro, PhD, is Professor of Film and Media Studies and Dick Wolf Director of the Carsey-Wolf Center and Presidential Chair in Media Studies. She is the author, editor, and co-editor of eleven books, including After Capitalism: Horizons of Finance, Culture, and Citizenship (with Kennan Ferguson, 2016), Teaching Film (with Lucy Fischer, 2012), Beyond Globalization: Making New Worlds in Media, Art, and More>

Pollock Theater Director
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As Pollock Theater Director, Matthew Ryan (2008 MFA from Loyola Marymount University) 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 American Beauty with Oscar-winning screenwriter Alan Ball, a discussion of Hidden Figures with writer/producer/director Theodore Melfi, actor Kevin Costner and President of Fox 2000 Pictures Elizabeth Gabler, and a discussion of VEEP with actress/producer Julia Lois-Dreyfus, writer/producer/director David Mandel and actor Tony Hale. More>

Associate Director
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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. 


Administrative Assistant
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Paula Firth landed in 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 native Santa Barbarian who loves the outdoors and activities that Santa Barbara is famous for.


John Majewski
Dean of Humanities

John Majewski is the Interim Dean of Humanities and Fine Arts and Professor in the Department of History, where he has taught since 1995.  He has been an Associate Dean for the division for the past two years and served as the History Department Chair from 2009 to 2012. Dr. Majewski was a member of the Letters & Science Faculty Executive Committee and the Committee on Research, and served for five years on the campus Program Review Panel. More>