Ryan Bowles Eagle is assistant professor of media studies in the Department of Communications at California State University, Dominguez Hills. She specializes in documentary, film festivals, global media activism, production cultures, and feminist theories. Her courses include Documentary Film, Media Industries, Communications Theory and Research, and the Senior Seminar in Communications. Her current book project is a media ethnography that examines a global network of human rights film festivals called the Human Rights Film Network. Her research has led her to film festivals on five continents, and she has been invited to participate in and speak about her work at festival training workshops in both the Netherlands and Burkina Faso. She is a former Managing Editor for Camera Obscura–a journal of feminism, culture, and media studies–and was also a founding member of the editorial collective for Media Fields Journal. In the past, she also worked in independent documentary production in Los Angeles; that experience continues to inspire her teaching and research on production cultures and independent media.