Alexander Johnston, PhD

Alexander Johnston

PhD, Film and Digital Media

Assistant Professor, Film Production

Phone: 206-296-2324

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Dr. Alexander Johnston is a documentarian, media maker, and media scholar. He received his Master’s Degree in Social Documentation from the University of California Santa Cruz, and his PhD in Film and Digital Media, also from UC Santa Cruz. His research and creative work examines the politics and aesthetics of documentary and new media practices, with an emphasis on histories of race, class, and gender. His scholarship has been published in a number of academic and art forums, including DocalogueThe Journal of Sport and Social Issues, and INCITE Journal of Experimental Media. His films and GIF cycles, including Way Down in the Hole (2011), NOW! AGAIN! (2014), Ra*ist President (2016) and Evidence of the Evidence (2017), have screened at a wide variety of venues, including the Berlinale, IndieLisboa, Walker Art Center, San Francisco’s Other Cinema, and the Miners' Colfax Medical Center, a convalescent home for retired hard rock and coal miners in Raton, New Mexico. Alex is also the managing editor of the radical online media journal NOW! A Journal of Urgent Praxis. ( He is excited to teach Filmmaking I, II & III this year, as well as courses on Found Footage and Documentary Media production.