Sheril Antonio

Senior Associate Dean for Strategic Initiatives; Associate Arts Professor

Dr. Sheril Antonio

Dr. Antonio is an Associate Arts Professor in the department of Art and Public Policy and the Senior Associate Dean for Strategic Initiatives. From 2008/9 she served as the chair of the Clive Davis Department of Recorded Music and was that department'€™s inaugural chair in 2003/4. She also served as chair of the Graduate Film Program in 2001/2 and for two years from 2013/15 the interim chair of the Goldberg Department of Dramatic Writing.

Her courses include: Anatomy of Difference: The Other in Film, The World Through Art, and Language of Film. She received Curricular Development Challenge Grants for two courses: Issues in Contemporary African-American Cinema (taught 1992-1995) and The Summer Film & Video Program for High School Students (designed in collaboration in 1995). She is an advisor and frequent lecturer whose presentations include: a live online debate about the movie Precious with Stanley Crouch; The Double Down Film Show, Future Filmmakers Workshop; Advisory Board of Ghetto Film School, The Cinema High School; and the NAACP. She has been interviewed for television, radio, and print, including: Studio 360: Girls on Film and WNYC 93.9FM, Orpheus: to Hell and Back.

Dr. Antonio is the author of Contemporary African American Cinema, 2001. Her other works include: Do Hollywood Films Truly Reflect Life in America?; a feature essay for the inaugural issue of Black Camera: The Urban-Rural Binary in Black American Film and Culture, Indiana University Press 2009, New Black Cinema: When Self-Empowerment Becomes Assimilation, Bertz Verlang, 2006; and Matriarchs, Rebels, Adventurers, and Survivors: Renditions of Black Womanhood in Contemporary African American Cinema, Sight & Sound, Supplement, July 2005; as well as blogs for Huffington Post and Stackstreet.


New York University

Doctor of Philosophy, Cinema Studies
Master of Fine Arts, Liberal Studies
Bachelor of Fine Arts, Film & Television

New York, NY


Anatomy of Difference: The Other in Film
The World Through Art
Language of Film
Conventional Steps to Unconventional Image-Making: Close Reading