Rene Bruckner, PhD

Full Time Faculty & Curriculum Coordinator

Professional Experience:

  • Adjunct Lecturer/Visiting Assistant Professor – USC School of Cinematic Arts
  • Adjunct Lecturer – UC Santa Barbara – Film & Media Studies Dept.
  • Visiting Assistant Professor – Oklahoma State University
  • Visiting Lecturer – Binghamton University, NY
  • Lecturer – Loyola Marymount University, School of Film & Television
  • Graduate Student Instructor – UC Irvine

Education & Background:

  • Ph.D. – University of California, Irvine
  • Master of Arts – University of California, Irvine
  • Bachelor of Arts – University of California, San Diego

Dr. Bruckner received his Ph.D. in Visual Studies from UC Irvine in 2007.  His research and teaching apply historical and critical-theoretical methods to the study of cinema and visual culture, with special interests in invention stories, temporality studies, time travel and sound studies.  His work has appeared in publications such as Cinema Journal and Discourse.

Courses Taught:

  • History of Critical Analysis in Cinema 1 (GH152A)
  • History of Critical Analysis in Cinema 2 (GH252A)


  • Why did you have to turn on the machine? "The Spirals of Time Travel Romance."  Cinema Journal 54.2 (Winter 2015).
  • "Bad Sync: Spectral Sound and Retro-effects in Portrait of Jennie."  Cinematic Ghosts: Haunting and Spectrality form Silent Cinema to the Digital Era, ed. Murray Leeder (New York: Bloomsbury Academic Press, 2015").
  • "Wild Sound: Tarzan's Sonic Palindrome."  Atopsia #1 (Fall 2010).
  • "Introduction: Cinema and Accident," with James Leo Cahill and Grieg Siegel.  Discourse: Journal for Theoretical Studies in Media and Culture.