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Chani Marchiselli, Ph.D.

B.A., State University of New York at Binghamton
M.A., New York University
Ph.D., University of Minnesota


Before joining the English Department at Saint Anselm, Dr. Marchiselli taught at:

  • University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minn.
  • Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colo.
  • The College of Visual Arts in St. Paul, Minn.
  • New England College, Henniker, N.H.

She has taught a variety of courses on film, television, popular music, and gender theory. Her courses ask with questions about the politics of representation and emphasize the historical, cultural and social contexts in which mediated messages and technologies are produced. Dr. Marchiselli hopes to empower students to become responsible, cognizant and creative media consumers and producers.


Chani Marchiselli holds a Ph.D. in Communication Studies from the University of Minnesota and an M.A. in Humanities from New York University. Her research interests include media history and theory, gender, and cultural studies. Her essay on images of masculinity in film appears in the anthology Where the Boys Are: Cinemas of Masculinity and Youth.

Her current research focuses on early twentieth century music and sound culture. She is interested the ways in which music and sound technologies produce novel ways of experiencing industrial modernity in the West. To this end, she examines a variety of texts and objects, including the poetry of Gertrude Stein, the writings of early progressive reformers like Jane Addams, and early twentieth century music criticism. Her dissertation, Perilous Pop: Ragtime, Jazz and Progressive Social Thought in the Early Twentieth Century Press, 1900-1930, was nominated for the National Communication Association's Gerald R. Miller Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award.

Current Courses

Human Communication (EN 110)
Rhetorical Theory and Criticism (EN 310)
Communication Senior Seminar (EN 470)

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