Cynthia Fuchs

Cynthia Fuchs
Titles and Organizations

Program Director and Associate Professor, Film and Video Studies, CVPA 
Director, Visiting Filmmakers Series

Contact Information


Phone: 703-993-6198

Campus: Fairfax

Office: College Hall, C113

Mail Stop: 5D8

Spring 2024

Summer 2024

Classes Taught


Cynthia Fuchs (PhD, University of Pennsylvania) is the Director of Film at Mason (CVPA), Director of the Visiting Filmmakers Series, and Associate Professor. She is an Executive Committee member for African and African American Studies (AAAS) and Women and Gender Studies (WGST), and a faculty member for Sport and American Culture.

She is the creator and curator of the Visiting Filmmakers Series at Mason. She is the co-founder of the Film and Video Studies Program.

In 2020, Professor Fuchs was awarded the United Bank Presidential Medal for Faculty Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion, presented to a faculty member who has made extraordinary contributions to advancing diversity and inclusion within the Mason community and beyond. Cynthia Fuchs has worked in the areas of antiracism and inclusion for decades, and continues to do so as a member of CVPA's Antiracist and Inclusive Excellence Advisory Team and Kritikos Antiracist Reading Group Organizing Committee, as well as the Stearns Center ARIE Curriculum and Pedagogy Working Group.

Professor Fuchs has written reviews and essays, and served as an editor for the international cultural studies magazinePopMatters. She has written reviews for many organizations, journals, and magazines, including the Alliance of Women Film Journalists, Philadelphia Citypaper,, NPR, and Common Sense Media. She is a frequent jurist for the Gotham Independent Film Awards. She has spoken at AFI Docs, Smithsonian American Art Museum, DC's Cinema Club, the Rosebud Independent Film Festival, and the Goethe-Institut in DC.

Professor Fuchs has published many articles on film and media, including music and sports media. Selected titles include:

Iraq War Cultures. Edited by Cynthia Fuchs and Joe Lockard, Peter Lang Publishers 2011.

Spike Lee: Interviews (Conversations with Filmmakers). Edited by Cynthia Fuchs. University Press of Mississippi 2002.

Between the Sheets, in the Streets: Queer, Lesbian, Gay Documentary (Visible Evidence). Edited by Chris Holmlund and Cynthia Fuchs. University Of Minnesota Press 1997.

"'A Few Brief Moments': Truth and Image in Sports Documentaries." Gender and Genre in Sports Documentaries: Critical Essays. Edited by Zachary Ingle and David M. Sutera. Scarecrow Press 2012. 

"Unsportsmanlike Call." In Media Res. 2009.

"'Did anyone ever explain to you what "secret identity" means?': Race and Displacement in Buffy and Dark Angel." Undead TV: Essays on Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Edited by Lisa Parks and Elana Levine. Duke University Press 2007.

"'I'm from rags to riches': The Death of Jay-Z." Medium Cool: Music Videos from Soundies to Cellphones. Edited by Roger Beebe and Jason Mittel. Duke University Press 2007.

"Un- de- re- classified: Adel Hamad's case goes to YouTube." In Media Res 2007. 

"Too Big." Guernica 2005. 

"Taxi Driver: "I got some bad ideas in my head." Film Analysis: A Norton Reader. WW Norton & Company. Edited by Randy Rutsky. Norton 2005. 

"'The whole fucking world warped around me': bad kids and contexts." Bad: Infamy, Darkness, Evil, and Slime on Screen. Edited by Murray Pomerance. SUNY Press 2003.

In the News

  • Four faculty members honored with 2020 Presidential Awards for Faculty Excellence
    Published on May 13, 2020
    Full article


  • BA, University of Connecticut
  • PhD, University of Pennsylvania