Greg Burris

Film & Media Studies Graduate Student


2024 Social Sciences & Media Studies



Greg Burris is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Film and Media Studies. His work explores the links between media, culture, and emancipatory politics. For his dissertation, Greg is examining the role of film and media in contesting the occupation of Palestine, and he is putting Palestinian voices in conversation with contemporary critical theory and the Black radical tradition. Originally from Texarkana, Texas, Greg holds degrees in Middle Eastern studies and Central Eurasian studies from the University of Texas at Austin and Indiana University, Bloomington. Before coming to Santa Barbara, he spent four years in Turkey—first as a Fulbright recipient and then as an English instructor at Istanbul Bilgi University. His writings have appeared in numerous print and digital publications including CineAction, CounterPunch, Electronic Intifada, The Guardian, Jadaliyya, Journal of Popular Film and Television, Middle Eastern Studies, and Quarterly Review of Film and Video. His most recent essay, an examination of the various film portrayals of the chaining and gagging of Black Panther Party cofounder Bobby Seale at the 1969 Chicago Conspiracy Trial, will be appearing in an upcoming issue of Cinema Journal.