Jasmine Nadua Trice is an assistant professor of Cinema and Media Studies in the Department of Film, Television and Digital Media in the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television. Her research focuses on transnational media and Southeast Asian screen cultures, particularly in Manila, Philippines. Her interests also include national cinemas and globalization, media ethnography, new media, and media history.
Based on two and a half years of research in Manila, her current book project is titled, “City of Screens: National Cinema and Global Culture in Contemporary Manila, Philippines.” Contextualized within Manila’s growing independent film scene, it considers how links between cinema and nation are forged through local systems of circulation, examining sites such as the pirated DVD district, art house screening spaces, film festivals, and mall multiplexes. The project was supported through fellowships from the American Association of University Women (2008-2009) and the Asian Cultural Council (2010), as well as a term at the Institute of Philippine Culture at Ateneo de Manila University, where she was a Visiting Research Associate (2010). She is also working on a historical project on radio, film, and urban culture in Manila during the American colonial period. This work is based on materials from several Philippine archives, including the University of the Philippines, the American Historical Collection at Ateneo de Manila University, and the Lopez Museum & Library.
From 2010 to 2013, Professor Trice taught courses in globalization and screen media, Asia and Hollywood, new media, and media ethnography at the National University of Singapore, where she was a recipient of the university’s Annual Teaching Excellence Award (2013). She was also a co-organizer for the biennial Association for Southeast Asian Cinemas conference held at the National Museum of Singapore in 2012.
She received her PhD from the Department of Communication and Culture at Indiana University, Bloomington in September 2009. Her dissertation received Honorable Mention from the Society for Cinema and Media Studies at the 2011 conference. In addition to her academic projects, Professor Trice is also involved in feminist media-communications activism in the Asia-Pacific region through her work with Isis International, where she is currently assisting in the development of the organization’s activist school on gender and communications.