George Carstocea is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Division of Cinema and Media Studies at the USC School of Cinematic Arts. His research focuses on television, animation, and comedy, as well as the impact of new media technology on visual studies. George was born and raised in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, and holds a B.A. in Art History and Political Science from Williams College and a master’s degree in Film and Television Studies from Boston University.
At USC, George has served as the Lead Teaching Assistant for CTCS 190: Introduction to Cinema and CTCS 466: Theatrical Film Symposium, two of the largest courses in the cinema school. While he is always happy to attend to the logistics of such large classes, his liberal arts background has led him to believe that the most fulfilling educational moments take place in a climate of mutual trust and openness between student and teacher, fostered by one-on-one attention and personalized instruction. He is excited to work towards that ideal as a CET Fellow, as well as in the Animated TV class he will be teaching in his home department during the spring semester as a USC Provost’s Mentored Teaching Fellow.