Fareed Ben-Youssef is a Global Perspectives on Society Teaching Fellow at NYU Shanghai. He was previously a doctoral candidate in the Department of Film and Media at the University of California, Berkeley (PhD Expected: Summer 2017). He received his BA in English Literature with a Film Concentration from Princeton University and his master’s degree in the Film Studies Program in the Department of Rhetoric at Berkeley.
His first project, Visions of Power: Violence, the Law, and the Post-9/11 Genre Film, reveals and wrestles with genre’s multivalent purpose: sometimes as a tool to normalize state violence and at other times as a potential mode of human rights critique. Ben-Youssef has published work in Cultural Analysis, L’Avant-Scène Cinéma, Bright Lights Film Journal and Southwestern American Literature. He has articles forthcoming in The Journal of Popular Culture, Studia Filmoznawcze (Film Studies) and Mita Bungaku. As part of his efforts to teach outside the classroom, Ben-Youssef has also organized myriad university film series and hosted master classes with a variety of award-winning directors including Ari Folman and Ryûsuke Hamaguchi.
Previously, Ben-Youssef served as a Graduate Student Instructor at UC Berkeley and as a Visiting Graduate Student Researcher at Meiji University’s Centre for Business Information Ethics. He has received numerous research awards and fellowships including, most recently, a John L. Simpson Memorial Research Fellowship in International and Comparative Studies from UC Berkeley’s Institute of International Studies.