School of Cinematic Arts Directory Profile

Directory Profile

Kiki Benzon, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of the Practice of Cinematic Arts
Research areas: Interactive Media, Transmedia Entertainment, Digital Culture, Critical Theory, Games Studies, Media Arts and Practice

Affiliated Divisions:

Division of Cinema & Media Studies
Interactive Media & Games Division
Media Arts + Practice Division

Email: kbenzon@cinema.usc.edu
Website: http://www.kikibenzon.com
Work Phone: 213.821.5870
Office: SCI 101G

Kiki Benzon is a media scholar, multi-arts practitioner, and interdisciplinary educator. Her research and practice extend across the arts and sciences, dwelling chiefly at the intersection of media art, technology, and cultural studies. Committed to interdisciplinarity and polymathy, Kiki holds degrees in English Literature and Neuroscience, and has published on diverse subjects such as media and cognition, multimodality and storytelling, and democracy and games. Balancing critical analysis with creative and design practice, Kiki teaches courses on interactive media, digital culture, game design, multimedia narrative, and critical theory. Her artwork, which has been exhibited in North America, Europe, and Asia, renders technological artifacts, scientific iconography, and computational language through traditional crafting materials and methods. Kiki is director of the Situation Lab, an experiential and immersive design initiative cross-sited at USC and Parsons School of Design.