Sheril Antonio

Senior Associate Dean, Strategic Initiatives; Interim Chair, Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music; Associate Arts Professor

Dr. Sheril Antonio

Dr. Antonio is an Associate Arts Professor in the department of Art and Public Policy, the Interim Chair of the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music, and the Senior Associate Dean for Strategic Initiatives. She is the recipient of a 2020 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Faculty award and has served as 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 the interim chair of the Goldberg Department of Dramatic Writing from 2013-15.

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; Lincoln Center Education Forum and Future Filmmakers Workshop. She serves on the Board of Ghetto Film School; and has participated in numerous projects with Panasonic Kid Witness News 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: Identity, Originality, Multiculturalism and Accountability in 21st Century Art; 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 several blogs for Huffington Post, and Do Hollywood Films Truly Reflect Life in America


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