People

Wesley Hogan

Wesley Hogan

Director, Center for Documentary Studies

Wesley Hogan is the director of the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University and teaches the history of youth social movements, African American history, women’s history and oral history.

Whitney Baker

Whitney Baker

Web Design and Production Manager

Whitney is a writer, programmer and all-around multimedia storyteller with a passion for local, community-driven stories. She received a bachelor's in multimedia journalism and Spanish from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2011, where she was also able to experience the glorious life of a theater technician, travel through South America and learn to make balloon animals. 

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Allen Creech

Systems Administrator

Allen Creech has been a systems administrator for the the past eighteen years, thirteen of them at the Center for Documentary Studies. He also serves in that capacity for the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival and for Duke's MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts program. Originally from Cary, North Carolina, Allen is a graduate of North Carolina State University.

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Von Diaz

Spring 2020 Lehman Brady Professor

Von Diaz is a writer, documentary producer, and author of Coconuts & Collards: Recipes and Stories from Puerto Rico to the Deep South (University Press of Florida, 2018).

Tim Tyson

Tim Tyson

Senior Research Scholar

Timothy B. Tyson is senior research scholar at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University and adjunct professor of American Studies at the University of North Carolina. 

Alexa Dilworth

Alexa Dilworth

Publishing Director and Senior Editor

Alexa Dilworth is publishing director and senior editor at the Center for Documentary Studies (CDS) at Duke University, where she also directs the awards program, which includes the CDS/Honickman First Book Prize in Photography, the CDS Documentary Essay Prize in Writing and Photography, and the Dorothea Lange–Paul Taylor Prize.

Danita Mason-Hogans

Danita Mason-Hogans

Project Coordinator, Critical Oral Histories

Danita Mason-Hogans is a native of Chapel Hill NC for seven generations on both sides of her family. She is a curriculum specialist with a theater arts background and has been an education activist for thirty years. She is employed with the Center for Documentary Studies where she serves as Program Manager for the Critical Oral Histories Component. Her current projects involve working with veteran Civil Rights activists in order to document their experiences and transform them into K-12 Civil Rights components. She was the organizer for the national 2015 One Person One Vote voting rights conference and works with school systems, universities, activists and historians to document local and national history from the “inside out” and from the “bottom up”.

Kate Rogers

Kate Rogers

Programming Manager, Full Frame Documentary Film Festival

Kate Rogers is the Programming Manager of the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival. She is responsible for managing the submission process, the selection committee process, print traffic, and awards juries.

EB Landesberg

EB Landesberg

Program Director, Hine Fellows

Elizabeth (EB) Landesberg is a filmmaker, multimedia artist and educator. In addition to co-directing the Lewis Hine Documentary Fellows Program, she is a producer and facilitator for Another Kind of Girl Collective, an expanding global media collective for young women living in displaced communities.

Alex Harris

Alex Harris

Professor of the Practice/Hine Fellows

Alex Harris is a photographer, writer, and teacher. He has photographed for extended periods in Cuba, the Inuit villages of Alaska, the Hispanic villages of northern New Mexico, and across the American South. He has taught at Duke for more than three decades through the Sanford School, the Center for Documentary Studies, and the Master of Fine Arts in Experimental and Documentary Arts Program.

Tom Rankin

Tom Rankin

Professor of the Practice/Director, MFAEDA

Tom Rankin is Professor of the Practice of Art and Documentary Studies at Duke University where he directs the MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts. For 15 years he was director of the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke. Rankin is formerly Associate Professor of Art and Southern Studies at the University of Mississippi and Chair of the Art Department at Delta State University.

Charlie Thompson

Charlie Thompson

Professor of the Practice of Cultural Anthropology and Documentary Studies

Charles D. Thompson, Jr. is Professor of the Practice of Cultural Anthropology and Documentary Studies at Duke University. A common thread through his work is a deep concern for people doing their all to have a voice in our agricultural systems.

Dan Partridge

Dan Partridge

Production Co-Director, Full Frame Documentary Film Festival

Dan Partridge is the production co-director for the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival. He has served as the research associate for the Jazz Loft Project at the Center for Documentary Studies, beginning in 2003. From 2000–2002, he was the CDS exhibitions and public programs assistant.

Lani Simeona

Lani Simeona

Production Co-Director, Full Frame Documentary Film Festival

Lani Simeona is the Production Co-Director for the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival. Lani joined the Full Frame team in 2007 as Office Manager, became the Artist Services Coordinator and Communications Manager in 2011, and Production Co-Director in 2014. As Production Co-Director, she is responsible for festival and year-round ticketing, volunteer selection and training, filmmaker transportation and lodging, venue selection and build out, and technical and IT support. Prior to Full Frame, Lani studied film and theater at Florida State University and the University of Central Florida, was a tour guide and trainer for the Walt Disney World Resort, and spent 10 years in music retail management, merchandising, and music buying before making the move from Florida to Durham, North Carolina.

Harlan Campbell

Harlan Campbell

Photography and Digital Arts Associate

Harlan Campbell is the photography and digital arts associate at the Center for Documentary Studies. He has a degree in photography from the Savannah College of Art and Design.

Jamila R. Davenport

Jamila R. Davenport

Operations Specialist

Jamila R. Davenport is an emerging multimedia documentarian who shares narratives digitally across internet platforms.

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Quadiriah McCullough

Operations Coordinator

Quadiriah McCullough has been the operations coordinator at CDS since 2014. She oversees CDS’s physical plant and logistics at the Boiler Room event space and Full Frame Theater at American Tobacco. 

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Shameeka Thomas

Night Manager

Shameeka Thomas is a Night Manager (Front Desk Attendant) and Event Manager at the Center for Documentary Studies.  She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater with a Master of Business Administration degree in 2013.  She also has a Bachelor of Science degree with an emphasis in IT.

Elena Rue

Elena Rue

Lewis Hine Documentary Fellow 2005-2006, Project Manager, Instructor

Elena Rue completed the Center for Documentary Studies (CDS) Certificate program offered in conjunction with Duke Continuing Studies.

Bill Bamberger

Bill Bamberger

Lecturing Fellow

Bill Bamberger’s work explores large cultural and social issues of our time: the demise of the American factory, housing in America, adolescents coming of age in an inner-city high school. His book with Cathy N.

Michelle Lanier

Michelle Lanier

Lecturing Fellow

Michelle Lanier is director of the N.C. Division of State Historic Sites and Properties, has been an instructor at CDS since 2000. She uses her background as an oral historian and folklorist to connect communities around personal narratives and cultural expression.

Kelly Alexander

Kelly Alexander

Lecturing Fellow

Kelly Alexander is a writer and an anthropologist based in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

Susie Post-Rust

Susie Post-Rust

Lecturing Fellow

Post-Rust has taught at Duke since 2006. Her courses enable Duke Students to engage with the community outside university. She works to impart the experience of producing in-depth visual storytelling to her students. Most of her courses are service learning and involve a component of giving back to the community.

Gary Hawkins

Gary Hawkins

Lecturing Fellow

Gary Hawkins is a writer and filmmaker whose work traverses many genres, fiction and nonfiction, experimental and traditional, finding its expression in a variety of forms – essay, prose, installation and cinema. 

Katie Hyde

Katie Hyde

Lecturing Fellow

Katie Hyde is the director of Literacy Through Photography (LTP), a program based at the Center for Documentary Studies. In this capacity, she works closely with undergraduate students, community volunteers, and teachers and students in the Durham Public Schools.

Nancy Kalow

Nancy Kalow

Lecturing Fellow

Nancy Kalow is a folklorist and filmmaker. She was a co-convener, with miriam cooke and Maha Houssami, of the Humanities Writ Large project, Arab Refugee Oral History: Collecting Life Narratives.

MJ Sharp

MJ Sharp

Lecturing Fellow

MJ Sharp is a documentary and fine arts photographer based in North Carolina.

Barbara Lau

Barbara Lau

Instructor

Barbara Lau is director of the Pauli Murray Project at the Duke Human Rights Center, an effort to activate history for social change inspired by the life and legacy of activist, poet, lawyer and Episcopal priest Pauli Murray. 

John Moses

John Moses

Instructor

Email

moses001@mc.duke.edu

Lana Garland

Lana Garland

Instructor

Lana Garland has worked as a Creative Director, Director, and Writer/Producer in television and film in the US and Europe. Her work has included content for HBO, BET, and ESPN in America, and TV2 in Denmark.

Jaki Shelton Green

Jaki Shelton Green

Instructor

Jaki Shelton Green is a writer and poet, a North Carolina native whose publications include Dead on Arrival, Dead on Arrival and New Poems, Masks, Conjure Blues, singing a tree into dance, breath of the song, Blue Opal (a play), and Feeding the Light.

Karen Price

Karen Price

Instructor

In addition to teaching, Price directs the Duke in Los Angeles undergraduate semester away program. She received an MFA in production from the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts, an MA in creative writing and English from Hollins University, and an AB in English and political science from Duke.

Margaret Sartor

Margaret Sartor

Instructor

Margaret Sartor is a photographer and writer whose past projects include What Was True: The Photographs and Notebooks of William Gedney (with co-editor Geoff Dyer) and the best-selling memoir Miss American Pie: A Diary of Love, Secrets, and Growing up in the 1970s. 

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Michael Betts II

Graduate Assistant, DocX

Michael Betts is a student in the MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts program at Duke University (’20) and a graduate assistant working on the DocX lab’s experimental site, CDS Shortwave.

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Amber Delgado

Exhibitions Intern

Amber Nicole Delgado recently completed her undergraduate studies at East Carolina University where she received a BFA in film/media production and a BA in art history.

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Courtney Reid-Eaton

Exhibitions Director / Creative Director, Documentary Diversity Project

Courtney Reid-Eaton is a culture worker, creative engine, spouse, mother, and Black Feminist. She has been the exhibitions director at CDS since 2001, overseeing the selection, scheduling, curation, design, and installation of exhibits in all of the Center’s galleries and organizing related public programs; she also serves as the creative director of CDS’s pilot Documentary Diversity Project. 

Caitlin Margaret Kelly

Caitlin Margaret Kelly

Director, Power Plant Gallery

Caitlin Margaret Kelly is an artist, runner, and devout coffee drinker. She is Director of the Power Plant Gallery at Duke University.

Deirdre Haj

Deirdre Haj

Director, Full Frame Documentary Film Festival

Engaging with local business leaders, Deirdre attracted the creation of the Full Frame Theater and its new offices. Deirdre implemented free monthly community screenings, and the A&E IndieFilms Speakeasy discussion venue.

Chris Sims

Christopher Sims

Director of Undergraduate Education/Lecturing Fellow, Fall 2017 Lehman Brady Fellow

Christopher Sims is the Undergraduate Educator Director at the Center for Documentary Studies and a Lecturing Fellow in Documentary Arts. He has worked as a photo archivist at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. and, at CDS, has coordinated the exhibition, awards, and web programs.

Mara Guevarra

Mara Guevarra

Digital Marketing and Projects Manager

As Digital Marketing and Projects Manager, Mara works in social media management and digital content creation as part of the Center for Documentary Studies’ Communications Team. She is particularly interested in using immersive technology in order to document the future and propose new realities.

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Mike Gulley

Development Director

Mike Gulley is the development director at the Center for Documentary Studies (CDS). He has more than eighteen years of experience and expertise in nonprofit fundraising, organizational growth, and relationship management. Mike has helped to grow capacity and fundraise for a number of organizations both here in the Triangle and also during his time living in California’s Bay Area.

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Angie Potiny

Development Assistant

Angie Potiny is the Development Assistant for both CDS and Full Frame. She received her degree in Communications and Women’s Studies from UNC-CH.

Lisa McCarty

Lisa McCarty

Curator of the Archives of Documentary Arts, Instructor

Lisa McCarty’s work as a photographer, filmmaker, curator, and educator is driven by her interest in the origins of photography. She is particularly interested in how technology influences image production, as well as the material and associative evolution of images.

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William Page

Coordinator, Documentary Diversity Project

William is a proud Durham native and self-described book nerd (come talk with him about Octavia Butler!). At CDS, he coordinates the Documentary Diversity Project (DDP), an effort to promote greater racial diversity and equity within the documentary arts. His responsibilities include coordinating support for emerging and more-established documentary artists from marginalized groups enhancing their portfolios while in residence at CDS.

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Christopher Everett

Communications Manager, Full Frame Documentary Film Festival

Christopher Everett is the communications manager of the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival. He is a film director, film producer, social media specialist and graphic artist from Laurinburg, North Carolina. 

Liz Phillips

Liz Phillips

Communications Director

Elizabeth (Liz) Phillips is communications director at the Center for Documentary Studies. This is her second stint at CDS; in 1993, while working as a writer/editor at a government-issue government job in D.C., a friend told her about a new magazine starting up at a place called the Center for Documentary Studies.

Gail Exum

Gail Exum

Business Manager

Gail Exum is the business manager for the Center for Documentary Studies and the MFA/EDA. She came to CDS from the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, formally Doc Arts, Inc., where she had been business manager since 2007.

Deborah Willis

Deborah Willis

Board of Directors; Fall 2000-Spring 2001 Lehman Brady Professor

Deborah Willis, Ph.D., is University Professor and Chair of the Department of Photography and Imaging at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University and has an affiliated appointment with the College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Social and Cultural Analysis, Africana Studies, where she teaches courses on photography and imaging, iconicity, and cultural histories visualizing the black body, women, and gender.

Randall Kenan

Randall Kenan

Board of Directors, Fall 2002-Spring 2003 Lehman Brady Professor

Randall Kenan is Professor of English and Comparative Literature at UNC–Chapel Hill. His first novel, A Visitation of Spirits, was published by Grove Press in 1989.

Peter Lange

Peter Lange

Board of Directors, Chair

Peter Lange joined the Department of Political Science at Duke University in 1981 after a previous teaching position at Harvard University.

Lois Deloatch

Lois Deloatch

Board of Directors

Lois Deloatch has a nearly three-decade-long career in higher education, philanthropy, and the arts. After two decades as a fundraiser for Duke University, Deloatch served as vice chancellor for Institutional Advancement and executive director of the NCCU Foundation at North Carolina Central University.

Jonathan Jensen

Jonathan Jensen

Board of Directors

Jonathan Jensen has been a serial entrepreneur in media, real estate, and energy, and is currently trading commodities and managing an asset portfolio while taking time off to raise his two young sons with his wife, Amy.

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Barb Lee

Board of Directors

Barb Lee is the founder and President of both Point Made Films, a documentary film company that focuses on American identity, and Point Made Learning, a consulting company that, using the stories of Point Made

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Karl von der Heyden

Board of Directors

Karl M. von der Heyden retired from PepsiCo, Inc., in 2001. He had rejoined the company in September 1996 as Vice Chairman and Chief Financial Officer.

Benjamin D. Reese, Jr.

Benjamin D. Reese Jr.

Board of Directors

Benjamin D. Reese Jr. is President of BENREESE, LLC.

Bernard L. Herman

Bernard L. Herman

Board of Directors

Bernard L. Herman is the George B. Tindall Distinguished Professor of American Studies and Folklore at the University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill, where he also serves on the art history faculty.

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Abbas Benmamoun

Board of Directors

Abbas Benmamoun is professor of Asian and Middle Eastern studies and linguistics, and vice provost for faculty advancement at Duke University, a position responsible for providing intellectual leadership, guidance, and oversight of university-wide strategies and programs to enhance faculty excellence. He oversees faculty development programs, including programs to recruit outstanding and diverse faculty and to partner with schools, departments, and centers to enhance faculty success at Duke and promote a climate that values and celebrates inclusive excellence.

Amani Ahmed

Amani Ahmed

Board of Directors

Amani Ahmed is a rising senior at Duke University, majoring in visual media studies and information science.

Julie Morris

Julie Morris

Board of Directors

Julie Morris is a longtime leader and advocate for the arts nationwide.

Diane Britz Lotti

Diane Britz Lotti

Board of Directors

Diane Britz Lotti is Vice-Chair of Circle Financial Group, a wealth management group based in New York City, where she is the partner responsible for Europe, advising clients on asset allocation.

Linda Burton

Linda M. Burton

Board of Directors

Linda M. Burton is the James B. Duke Professor of Sociology and most recently served as the Director of the Center for Child and Family Policy, Dean of Social Sciences, and Interim Director of the International Comparative Studies Program at Duke University.

William H. Chafe

William H. Chafe

Board of Directors

William H. Chafe attended Harvard College, where he graduated magna cum laude in history (1962), and Columbia University, where he received his Ph.D. in American history (1971).

Robert Fippinger

Robert Fippinger

Board of Directors

Robert A. Fippinger is a resident of New York City and was a partner and senior counsel in the New York office of the law firm Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe until 2015.

Kimberly Jenkins

Kimberly Jenkins

Board of Directors

Kimberly Jenkins currently serves as an active board member, angel investor, and coach to several early-stage companies in Durham/RTP and Silicon Valley.

S. Charmaine McKissick-Melton

S. Charmaine McKissick-Melton

Board of Directors

S. Charmaine McKissick-Melton is associate professor and former interim chair in the Department of Mass Communication at North Carolina Central University, and a 2017–18 NCCU-Duke Digital Humanities Fellow.

James Peacock

James Peacock

Board of Directors

James L. Peacock is Kenan Distinguished Professor of Anthropology, Professor of Comparative Literature, Co-Director of the Duke–UNC Rotary Center for Peace and Conflict, and Chair of World View at the University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill.

Sally Robinson

Sally Robinson

Board of Directors

Sally Robinson is a lifelong resident of Charlotte. She has had a love affair with Duke University ever since she came with her family to Duke football games in the early 1940s.

Kevin A. Tolson

Kevin A. Tolson

Board of Directors

Kevin A. Tolson works in brand marketing management for Unilever and is a graduate of the New York University Stern School of Business.

John Biewen

John Biewen

Audio Program Director/Instructor

John Biewen is audio program director at CDS and host of the Center’s audio documentary podcast, Scene on Radio. During a thirty-year career as a public radio journalist and documentary-maker, he has told stories from forty American states and from Europe, Japan, and India.

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Lynn McKnight

Associate Director for Programs and Development

After a career in journalism, Lynn McKnight returned to her Duke alma mater in 1998 to join the CDS team building a dynamic place devoted to the documentary arts.
First serving as communications director, over the years she added external relations, program planning and management, and development to her duties. She has degrees from Duke University (public policy) and the University of Mississippi (southern studies) and has completed graduate studies in communications at the University of Florida.

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Greg Britz

Associate Director for Operations and Finance

Greg Britz is the Associate Director for Operations and Finance at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University (CDS) where he has worked for the past 22 years. An interdisciplinary educational organization affiliated with Duke University, the Centre for Documentary Studies offers a variety of programs that connect the arts and humanities to fieldwork, drawing upon documentary methods of photography, filmmaking, oral history, folklore, and writing as catalysts for education and change. In his role as Associate Director, Greg manages all financial aspects of CDS, along with oversight of HR, physical plant, legal and tax aspects of CDS operations. 

Xaris A. Martínez

Xaris A. Martínez

Assistant to the Director

Xaris (pronounced HA-ri'z) A. Martínez is the assistant to the director of the Center for Documentary Studies (CDS) at Duke University.

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Kelsey Favret

Assistant Director of Development

Kelsey Favret is the assistant director of development at the Center for Documentary Studies (CDS), where she is responsible for the planning, coordination, and implementation of comprehensive annual giving, engagement and stewardship programs. 

Sadie Tillery

Sadie Tillery

Artistic Director, Full Frame Documentary Film Festival

Sadie Tillery is the artistic director of the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival. Sadie joined the programming department in 2005 and became director in 2008.

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David Wong

Accounting Specialist

David is responsible for various accounting functions at CDS: paying vendors, paying employees, booking credit card receipts, depositing checks, and the like. He is a grad- uate of the University of Virginia with a degree in music, and by meanderings came to administrative work.

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Saba Taj

2019–20 Post-MFA Fellow in the Documentary Arts

The Post-MFA Fellowship in the Documentary Arts is part of CDS's Documentary Diversi

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Anthony Patterson

2019–20 Emerging Documentary Artist, Documentary Diversity Project

Anthony Patterson, born in 1995 in Durham, North Carolina, received his BFA in painting from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (2017).

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Haillee Mason

2019–20 Emerging Documentary Artist, Documentary Diversity Project

Haillee Mason is a critical thinker and creator who is enchanted by the power of vulnerability and intimacy that is inherent to Black diasporic life.

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Audria Byrd

2019–20 Emerging Documentary Artist, Documentary Diversity Project

Audria Byrd (she/they) is a Black transfeminine filmmaker and poet hailing from Greenville, South Carolina, and currently based in Durham, North Carolina. She graduated from the University of South Carolina in 2017 with BAs in media arts and African American studies.

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Shay Hendricks

2019–20 Emerging Documentary Artist, Documentary Diversity Project

Shay Hendricks is an aspiring artist of many mediums. They are currently practicing and studying fashion design as a form of documentary art.

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Brittany Barbee

2019–20 Documentary Arts and Media Intern, 2018–19 Emerging Documentary Artist, Documentary Diversity Project

Brittany was born and raised in Durham, North Carolina. She is a lover of all forms of art. The motto she stands by is, “Anything arts is who I am, and anything arts is who I’ll always be.” She is a self- taught musician. At the age of nine, music sparked her interest, specifically percussion.

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Sherrill Roland

2018–19 Post-MFA Fellow in the Documentary Arts

Roland is a North Carolina native—born in Asheville and currently living in Raleigh—who received a BFA in design and MFA in studio art from the University of North Carolina–Greensboro. As he describes his work, Roland “creates art that challenges ideas around controversial social and political constructs, and generates a safe space to process, question, and share.”

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Greg Weaver II

2018–19 Emerging Documentary Artist, Documentary Diversity Project

Greg is a skateboarder, photographer, and writer.

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Paul A. Newman Jr.

2018–19 Emerging Documentary Artist, Documentary Diversity Project

Paul is a Connecticut-born, North Carolina–bred artist.

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Steven Cheek

2018–19 Emerging Documentary Artist, Documentary Diversity Project

Steven describes some of his skills and interests: “I love to cook a lot of foods that I believe most people my age don’t know how to cook.

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Aaron Kutnick

UI+UX Designer, DocX

Aaron Kutnick received his MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts at Duke University. He currently works as a digital content creator and user experience designer in the DocX Documentary Lab at the Center for Documentary Studies. He also teaches courses in experimental interface design and computational media. His work asks what ethnographic fieldwork looks like within the virtual spaces of the internet, and what kind of tools are best suited to meaningfully engage this rich, dynamic realm of cultural production.