Brooke Belisle

BROOKE BELISLE, Assistant Professor
History of Photography and Cinema, Media Theory and Media Art, Philosophy of Technology, Visual Culture of Science
Joint Appointment with the Consortium for Digital Art, Culture, and Technology (cDACT)
Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley
Office: Staller Center for the Arts #4725

Brooke Belisle researches and teaches the history and theory of photography, cinema, and digital media. Her work focuses on the recurrent disruptions and possibilities of “new media,” exploring emergent formats and experimental practices that echo across different historical periods of technological and social transformation. She directs the Stony Brook working group in Media, Art, Culture, and Technology and is an editor of the Journal of Visual Culture.
Belisle has published on media art; 19th century visual culture; the visual culture of science; immersive and interactive media; and hybrid aesthetics that complicate the conventions of photographic, cinematic, and digital imaging. Her current book project, The Bigger Picture relates the ideas of connection expressed by digital and network aesthetics today with the expansive ambitions expressed by compounded nineteenth century formats such as stereo-panoramas, early photographic sets, and other pre- or para-cinematic experiments. She is also working on a second project, Seeing Stars, which considers how the limits of the visible world have been repeatedly recast through the changing aesthetic and cultural contours of astronomical imaging techniques. More information about her recent work, and copies of publications, can be found on her page and at
Belisle completed a PhD at UC Berkeley in Rhetoric, with additional emphases in Film and in New Media; a hands-on master’s degree in digital media at New York University’s Interactive Telecommunications Program; and a bachelor’s degree in English at Princeton University. From 2013-2015 she served as an American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) New Faculty Fellow in the Department of Cultural Analysis and Theory at Stony Brook.