Caitlin Horsmon

Interim Associate Dean and Associate Professor
Ph: 816-235-2261


Caitlin Horsmon is an Associate Professor for Film and Media Arts as well as Interim Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs. In the College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s Office, she oversees recruitment efforts, student support services, and undergraduate curriculum.

Horsmon is an award winning artist making films, videos and interactive works. Her films have screened around the world in diverse venues from the Iowa City micro cinema to the Centre Pompidou. Her film Themes and Variations for the Naked Eye was selected as one of the 50 best avant-garde films and videos of the 2000’s. Horsmon’s experimental and non-fiction media work focuses on questions of visual history, pleasure, gender and absence and her research centers on non-commercial cinema, with a focus on the social history of experimental forms. Caitlin was trained in Cinema and Comparative Literature and Media Production at the University of Iowa and graduated from Oberlin College. Before her move to academia, Caitlin worked as the community outreach coordinator for The Chicago International Film Festival and was the director of the Thaw festival in Iowa City; experiences that brought her to her career as teacher, maker and scholar. She continues to work on short experimental films and to expand her interests in using documentary as a way to encourage and support progressive political change. The Collectif Jeune Cinema in Paris distributes her work.

Specialties: Experimental and Non-Fiction Media Production, Video Art, Animation, and Sound Design. Film theories, the History of the Avant-Garde, Political Film, Feminisms and Media.