Alexandra Juhasz

Dr. Alexandra Juhasz
Chair of the Film Department, Brooklyn College

Previously, as a Professor of Media Studies at Pitzer College (1995-2016), she was the director of the Munroe Center for Social Inquiry (2014-2016), and led the Mellon funded Digital Humanities Grant at the Claremont Colleges. While at Pitzer and at the Claremont Graduate University, she taught courses on media production, history and theory.

She has a Ph.D. in Cinema Studies from NYU and has taught courses at NYU, Swarthmore College, Bryn Mawr College, Claremont Graduate University, and Pitzer College, on YouTube, media archives, activist media, documentary, and feminist film.

Dr. Juhasz has written multiple articles on feminist, fake, and AIDS documentary. Her current work is on fake news, online feminist pedagogy, YouTube, and other more radical uses of digital media.

Dr. Juhasz produced the feature films, The Owls, and The Watermelon Woman, as well as nearly fifteen educational documentaries on feminist issues like teenage sexuality, AIDS, and sex education.

Books :

Just out: Sisters in the Life: 25 Years of Out African American Lesbian Mediamaking (1986–2011), ed. with Yvonne Welbon (Duke University Press, 2018).

Under contract review with Duke Univeristy Press: AIDS and the Distribution of Crisis, ed. with Jih-Fei Cheng and Nishant Shahani.

Seeking a press: AIDS Crisis Revisitation: Conversations on Media, Memory and HIV, with Theodore Kerr.

Dr. Juhasz's book, Blackwell Companion to Film Studies: Documentary, presents a comprehensive collection of essays relating to all aspects of contemporary documentary films. Co-edited with Alisa Lebow (Cambridge, MA, Wiley-Blackwell Press, 2015).

Dr. Juhasz's first book, AIDS TV: Identity, Community and Alternative Video (Duke University Press, 1996) is about the contributions of low-end video production to political organizing and individual and community growth.

Her second book is comprised of transcribed interviews from her documentary about feminist film history, Women of Vision, with accompanying introductions (Minnesota University Press). Her third book, F is for Phony: Fake Documentary and Truth’s Undoing, was co-edited with Jesse Lerner, from the University of MN Press.

Her innovative "video-book," Learning from YouTube, was published in 2011 by MIT Press. Her earlier digital effort is Media Praxis: A Radical Web-Site Integrating Theory, Practice and Politics. She blogs on this and other projects at

The Watermelon Woman 20th Year Anniversary: Watermelon Woman 3.0 considers how the ideas of the project—faking the real, making your own media histories if they’ve been otherwise denied, the role of archives for the construction of self and community, black queer identity—have motivated and motivate across forms.

Produced by Alexandra Juhasz, 1995
Directed by Cheryl Dunye,

Documentaries :
Documentaries by Dr. Alexandra Juhasz include
SCALE, Dear Gabe, Video Remains, Women of Vision:
18 Histories in Feminist Film and Video, and Released.

SCALE: Measuring Might in the Media Age is a documentary video by Alexandra Juhasz featuring Antonia Juhasz.
60 mins, 2007.

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Naming Prairie

Naming Prairie
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Naming Prairie is a 6 minute video by Alexandra Juhasz that celebrates Jewish family, tradition, and ritual. This joyous recounting of a lesbian couple’s babynaming ceremony for their daughter, Prairie, also introduces a supportive and diverse network of family and friends who participate in their re-thinking of Jewish life. Read more...

Official Selection, Sundance Film Festival, 2002.


Dear Gabe

Stills & Video Clips
  Press Packet

Dear Gabe presents six professional women who seek to explain to the next generation-our children-how we manage (or do not) given the complex choices that are now open to us. Intimate dv-footage reveals women who bend traditional ideas of race, sexuality, religion, and gender into more equitable forms while still respecting "family values."

Produced by Alexandra Juhasz. VIEW IT at Distributed by Cinema Guild


Video Remains

Artist's Statement

Video Remains: In 1993, Alex shoots an interview with her best friend Jim as he tries to recount his life as he is dying. In 2004, she re-works this haunted video, playing it in real-time but letting bleed in a host of present day interviewees who also reflect upon AIDS, death, activism, and video.   --   Order Now

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Released: 5 Short Videos about Women and Prison. Completely unique in its format, this 28-minute dv documentary artfully merges five short videos to create a powerful - and empowering - forum. Read More...

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Visit Alex Online :

A network of hundreds of international scholars and artists
Feminist Online Spaces:
Building & Linking Principled Sites in Collaboration
Alex Juhasz on Vimeo
PerpiTube: Repurposing Social Media Spaces:
WordPress Blog:
YouTube Class:
Media Praxis Online Publication:
an experiment in digital embodied collective feminist media praxis
VHS Archive: A Brooklyn College graduate course and GC Center for Humanities Working Group exploring what to do with our soon-to-be-obsolete but always-beloved collections.



A primer on
digital media literacy

Generating principles for each deceptive day, January 20, 2017 through April 29, 2017.

Click through each hardtruth for ever more honesty, useful resources, and further connections.

Compulsive Practice

Visual AIDS,
Day With (Out) Art, 2016

A video compilation of compulsive, daily, and habitual practices by nine artists and activists. Curated by Jean Carlomusto, Alexandra Juhasz, and Hugh Ryan.

New Books

A Companion to Contemporary Documentary Film
Sisters in the Life: 25 Years of Out African American Lesbian Mediamaking (1986–2011), edited by Alexandra Juhasz with Yvonne Welbon

A Companion to Contemporary Documentary Film

Blackwell Companion to Film Studies: Documentary, edited by Alexandra Juhasz and Alisa Lebow


A Distributed Open
Collaborative Course
"Collaborations in Feminism
and Technology

Learning from


Written by
Alexandra Juhasz

The Owls

the owls

Digital Video, 70 mins.
Produced by
Alexandra Juhasz

Four aging lesbians accidentally kill a baby-dyke and live to suffer the consequences.



Alexandra Juhasz
Brooklyn College
201 West End Building
2900 Bedford Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11210

ph: (718) 951-5664

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