Dr. Chelsea Wessels joined ETSU in 2018 as an Assistant Professor and Co-Director
of the Film Studies minor. She received her PhD from the University of St Andrews
in Scotland, where her work focused on the emergence of the western as a political
and popular genre in global cinema. Her research interests include local cinema history
and archives, global film genres, and feminist film. Her publications include writing
for the National Film Registry, journal articles in Transformations and Frames Cinema Journal, and chapters in Teaching Transnational Cinemas and The Western in the Global South. She previously taught at Ithaca College, Cornell University, and Colby College.
An advocate for community engagement with independent film, she has served on multiple
festival juries and currently works with the Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival
and the Johnson City Film Festival.