Staff

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. 

Kathryn Banas

Kathryn Banas

Senior Development Associate

Kathryn Banas, Senior Development Associate at CDS, hails from a New Orleans suburb. She attended Sarah Lawrence College before transferring to Northwestern University, where she graduated summa cum laude with a Communication Studies degree. 

Samantha Bechtold

Samantha Bechtold

Documentary Arts and Publishing Intern

Samantha Bechtold is the Documentary Arts and Publishing Intern at the Center for Documentary Studies. She graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism, where she served as editor-in-chief of her university's yearbook - Sooner.

Michelle Benham

Michelle Benham

Director of Marketing, Full Frame Documentary Film Festival

Michelle Benham is the Marketing Director at the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival.

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.

Greg Britz

Greg Britz

Associate Director for Operations and Finance

Office

1317 W. Pettigrew St. L205

Phone

(919) 660-3658

Email

gbritz@duke.edu

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.

Allen Creech

Allen Creech

Systems Administrator

Office

1317 W. Pettigrew St. B207

Phone

(919) 749-8278

Email

allen.creech@duke.edu

Jamila R. Davenport

Jamila R. Davenport

Operations Specialist

Jamila R. Davenport is an emerging multimedia documentarian who shares narratives digitally across internet platforms. Born and raised in Durham, she graduated from North Carolina Central University ('98) with a B.A.

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.

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Christopher Everett

Communications Manager, Full Frame Documentary Film Festival

Email 

chris.everett@fullframefest.org

Gail Exum

Gail Exum

Business Manager

Office

1317 W. Pettigrew St. L206

Phone

(919) 660-3656

Email

gail.exum@duke.edu

Tamika Galanis

Tamika Galanis

2017–18 Post-MFA Fellow in the Documentary Arts

Tamika Galanis is a documentarian and multimedia visual artist. A Bahamian native, Galanis's work examines the complexities of living in a place shrouded in tourism’s ideal during the age of climate concerns. Her photography-based practice includes traditional documentary work and new media abstractions of written, oral, and archival histories.

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.

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.

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.

EB Landesberg

EB Landesberg

Program Director, Hine Fellows

Email

elizabeth.landesberg@duke.edu

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Savannah Lennertz

Senior Development Associate, Full Frame Documentary Festival

Savannah Lennertz is the Senior Development Associate for the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, where she is responsible for sponsorships, grants, and individual giving.

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.

Danita Mason-Hogans

Danita Mason-Hogans

Project Coordinator, Critical Oral Histories

Phone

(919) 260-8920

Email

danita.masonhogans@duke.edu

Marc Maximov

Marc Maximov

Continuing Education Coordinator

Office

1317 W. Pettigrew St. L304

Phone

(919) 660-3678

Email

marc.maximov@duke.edu

Quadiriah McCullough

Quadiriah McCullough

Operations Coordinator

Office

1317 W. Pettigrew St. L115

Phone

(919) 660-3677

Email

quadiriah.mccullough@duke.edu

Lynn McKnight

Lynn McKnight

Associate Director for Programs and Development

Office

1317 W. Pettigrew St. L203

Phone

(919) 660-3654

Email

llm@duke.edu

Ambria McNeill

Ambria McNeill

Exhibitions Intern

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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.

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.

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.

Angie Potiny

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.

Courtney Reid-Eaton

Courtney Reid-Eaton

Exhibitions Director

Office

1317 W. Pettigrew St. L112

Phone

(919) 660-3664

Email

reideatn@duke.edu

Kate Rogers

Kate Rogers

Programming Coordinator, Full Frame Documentary Film Festival

Kate Rogers joined Full Frame as Programming Coordinator in October 2016 and is responsible for managing the submission process, the selection committee process, print traffic, and awards juries.

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.

Chris Sims

Chris 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.

Portrait of Ashley Solesbee.

Ashley Solesbee

Education Coordinator, Full Frame Documentary Film Festival

Email

education@fullframefest.org

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.

April Walton

April Walton

Learning Outreach Director

Office

1317 W. Pettigrew St. L301

Phone

(919) 660-3670

Email

awalton@duke.edu