Rachel Schaff

Instructor, Media Arts, Sciences and Studies
Faculty, Cinema and Photography


Dr. Rachel Schaff is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Screen Studies in the Roy H. Park School of Communications. At Ithaca College, she teaches Introduction to Film Aesthetics and Analysis and Hollywood and American Film.

Dr. Schaff received her PhD in Comparative Studies in Discourse and Society from the University of Minnesota. She also holds a MA in Film Studies from Columbia University and a BFA in Film and Television Production from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. She was a Fulbright IIE Fellow to the Czech Republic in 2015-16 and the Margit Meissner Fellow for the Study of the Holocaust in the Czech Lands at the Jack, Joseph, and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 2017.

Her research addresses questions of moving image melodrama across various cinematic forms and national contexts as they relate to the institutionalization of Holocaust memorialization. Additional research interests include film and media historiography, documentary, international cinema, and East Central European history and culture.

Her articles have appeared in Cinema et Cie and Spectator: The University of Southern California Journal of Film and Television Criticism. She has presented peer-reviewed conference papers on her research at the Society for Cinema and Media Studies, Visible Evidence, Orphans Film Symposium, in Canada, Czech Republic, Sweden, Turkey, and the United States.