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  • Meredith A. Bak

    Visiting Assistant Professor of Film & Media Studies

    Professional Biography

    Bak holds a Ph.D. in Film and Media Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara, an M.A. in Cinema Studies from New York University, and a B.A. in Media Arts from Brigham Young University. Her research interests include media archaeology and the intersection of "old" and "new" media, particularly in relation to children's media and material culture.

    Her current book project focuses on pre-cinematic visual media, from movable books to optical toys, and these technologies' roles in cultivating children as media spectators at the turn of the twentieth century. A second project in its preliminary stages concentrates on contemporary augmented reality toys.

    Before coming to F&M, Meredith held a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research on Women at Brown University. Before completing her PhD, Meredith worked in museum education at the Museum of the Moving Image in New York, and as a teaching artist instructing in the areas of animation, video production, and game design.


    B.A., Brigham Young University; M.A., New York University; Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara