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Maruta Vitols, Ph.D.

Maruta Vitols

Visiting Assistant Professor of Media Studies

Milas Hall 362


Ph.D., History of Art, New York University
B.A., Italian Culture, Wellesley College

Select Courses Taught

AHS Foundation Topic – Robots, Mutants and Monsters: Envisioning Science in Cinema
AHS Foundation Topic – Medial Revolution: Activism and Technology


Dr. Vitols is a media historian, specializing in the relationship between art and ideology. She received her Ph.D. in the History of Art from The Ohio State University, her M.A. in Cinema Studies form New York University, and B.A. in Italian Culture from Wellesley College. A Fulbright scholar, Dr. Vitols’ research centers on cyberactivism, and the use of new media for political and social change. She has published articles on art and ideology, and her latest study of the relationships between Latvian documentaries and politics appears in A Companion to Eastern European Cinemas (ed. Anikó Imre, Wiley-Blackwell, 2012). Her essay on how filmmaker Laila Pakalnina's work The Bus negotiates identity construction in the liminal space of post-communist Europe will appear in the anthology Border Visions: Identity and Diaspora in Film (Scarecrow Press, 2013). Dr. Vitols also teaches a variety of courses in the Visual and Media Arts department at Emerson College. Her enthusiasm for media is only matched by her love of teaching, and her pedagogical approach encourages interdisciplinary and critical thinking, as well as visual literacy.