Professor of Critical Studies and Associate Dean of the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts
Michael Renov is Professor of Critical Studies and Associate Dean of the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts. He received his M.A. from San Francisco State University and his Ph.D. from UCLA in film and television studies. Renov is the author of Hollywood’s Wartime Woman: Representation and Ideology (UMI Research Press, 1988) and The Subject of Documentary (University of Minnesota Press, 2004), editor of Theorizing Documentary (Routledge, 1993), and co-editor of Resolutions: Contemporary Video Practices (University of Minnesota Press, 1996), Collecting Visible Evidence (University of Minnesota Press, 1999), The Sage Handbook of Film Studies (Sage Press, 2008) and Time Past: The Archaeological Cinema of Peter Forgacs (University of Minnesota Press, 2009). Renov was Editor-in-Chief of Quarterly Review of Film and Video (1989-1996) and in 1993 co-founded Visible Evidence, a series of international and highly interdisciplinary documentary studies conferences held annually, thus far on four continents. He is one of three editors of the Visible Evidence book series for the University of Minnesota Press that evolved from the conference, with twenty-two volumes published since 1997.
From 1995-1998, Renov collaborated with artist Wendy Clarke to create L.A. Link, a project connecting L.A.-area youth from diverse backgrounds via computer-based, interactive video technology. He has served as a jury member for documentary competitions at numerous film festivals including Sundance, Silverdocs, It’s All True (Brazil) and the Buenos Aires International Independent Film Festival. Renov co-programmed the 51st annual Robert Flaherty Seminar (2005), a weeklong gathering of documentary filmmakers, curators, and educators, creating 20 screening programs and filmmaker dialogues on the theme “Cinema and History.” Renov’s teaching and research interests include documentary theory, autobiography in film and video, video art and activism, and representations of the Holocaust.