• Associate Chair for Academic Affairs, Film & Media Arts Department
  • Affiliated Faculty, Center for Research on Migration and Refugee Integration, 2017 to date, College Of Health
  • Affiliated Associate Professor, Middle East Center, Middle East Studies Program
  • Professor, Film & Media Arts Department


  • PhD, English/FIlm, University of Southern California



Chris Lippard holds a Ph.D. in Film, Literature, and Culture from the University of Southern California. He is Professor, Director of Graduate Studies, and Associate Chair for Academic Affairs in the Film and Media Arts Department of the University of Utah. He is co-editor of Cinema of the Arab World: Contemporary Directions

in Theory and Practice (2020) and of The Historical Dictionary of Middle Eastern Cinema (2020). Chris is a past chair of the Society for Cinema and Media Studies Middle East Caucus. He is co-editor of the scholarly book series Cinema and Media Cultures in the Middle East. Chris has also served as chair of the Middle East Caucus of the Society for Cinema and Media Studies and at the Utah Film and Video Center, a space for the presentation of noncommercial cinema.  He is a member of the Advisory Board of the Salt Lake Film Society, responsible for curating international cinema series. His current research interests are in Middle Eastern cinema, inter-American indigenous cinemas, and migration films.