Rachel L Schaff

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Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • Ph.D.: Comparative Studies in Discourse and Society , University of Minnesota, Present.
  • M.A.: Film Studies, Columbia University, New York, New York, 2011.
  • B.F.A: Film Production, Tisch School of the Arts, New York University , New York, New York, 2008.


  • Film and media studies
  • Film production
  • Genre theory / genre analysis
  • Holocaust studies
  • Melodrama
  • Central and Eastern Europe
  • Documentary studies
  • Memory studies
Research & Professional Activities


  • Melodrama and Memory: Historicizing Pathos in American, British, and Czechoslovak Holocaust Films: Dissertation Project
  • The Photochemical Conditions of the Frame: Schaff, Rachel, Mimesis International, Cinema et Cie: International Film Studies Journal, No. 26-27, Special Issue "Post What? Post When? Thinking Moving Images Beyond the Post-medium/Post-cinema Condition" 55-64, Spring/Fall 2016.
  • Documentary: The Archival Double: Schaff, Rachel, Jane M. Gaines, Spectator: The University of Southern California Journal of Film and Television Criticism, 33, no. 2, Special issue: "Preserving the Immaterial: Digital Decay and the Archive." 6-10, Fall 2013.
  • Margit Meissner Fellow for the Study of the Holocaust in the Czech Lands, Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum , June 2017 - October 2017
  • Fulbright IIE Student Research Fellowship, Czech Republic, September 2015 - June 2016
  • Harold Leonard Memorial Film Fellowship, September 2016 - May 2017
  • Voices of Vienna Scholarship, CAS, UMN, May 2014 - September 2014