Chatham University

Media Arts Faculty and Staff

Prajna Paramita Parasher
Professor, Chair, Arts, Design and Communication and Program Director, Film and Digital Technology

Hometown : Simla, India
Joined Chatham : 1994

Academic Areas of Interest

Postcolonial and Critical Theory, Film History and Theory, New Media and Gaming

Personal Areas of Interest

Travel, music, reading, watching films, cooking and gardening.

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prajna paramita parasher is a filmmaker/scholar and multimedia artist practicing at the shifting intersection of classical thought and new technologies. Born in the foothills of the Himalayas, she began her education as a filmmaker in Paris and went on to earn a Ph.D. at Northwestern University. Currently she is Professor of Art, Film and Cultural Studies, Chair of the Arts, Design and Communication department and Program Director of the Film and Digital Technology program at Chatham University. Her personal focus on postcolonial studies comes to realization in several forms -- films, 2-D art, installations and scholarly writing. Her creative work is experimental and has been shown across the country in venues from small towns to the Smithsonian Institution, Carnegie Museum, Brooklyn Museum, The Nehru Center, London, The Tagore Center, Berlin and the San Francisco Cinematheque. Already part of the canon at major American Universities, her films are used in ethnic, diaspora, cultural and women’s studies. She has received recognition via multiple fellowships, awards and grants.