Karla Oeler

Director of Graduate Studies

Film & Media Studies

Associate Professor

Film & Media Studies

Office: Rich Bldg 101

Phone: 404-727-1074

Email: koeler@emory.edu


  • PhD, Yale University, 2000
  • BA, Oberlin College, 1987


I have been a professor at Emory since September 2001.  My recent work includes A Grammar of Murder:  Violent Scenes and Film Form (University of Chicago Press, October 2009) and articles on André Bazin, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Jean-Luc Godard, Sergei Parajanov, and Jean Renoir.  I am currently writing a book called The Surface of Things: Cinema and the Fate of Interiority.  My research and teaching focus on classical and contemporary film theory, criticism, and aesthetics.


  • (2000) Emory Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellowship



  • classical and contemporary film theory and aesthetics
  • masculinity and violence
  • Soviet cinema