What is your favorite part about being an Association Dean? I like that we are all faculty members, so we all teach classes. One of the great things about being an academic dean, as an advisor, is that we talk to students – sometimes it’s about scheduling or things that haven’t gone well, but the thing is that it’s just talking about life too sometimes. Things that have to do with class, and just thinking about opportunities and issues going on in everyday life. It’s a chance to interact without any kind of grade looming between us. Some of the best conversations happen outside of the classroom.
What inspired you to become a professor of Media Studies? I think it was my mom and dad. My dad, when I was younger, used to hand me the TV guide and said “here’s the textbook” and I used to study it and say “What do I want to watch?” I like how TV and film both can convey you to a different place, and teach you and be educational and transport you in different ways than literature can.
Do you have a favorite movie? I usually have a top ten list. Everything from The Empire Strikes Back, to foreign films like A Separation, to Aliens.
Dean Davé is the Association Dean for Bonnycastle, Hancock and Lile-Maupin. She is a professor of Media Studies and has also taught American Studies courses. She is interested in representations of race and gender in media and popular culture, with a focus on Asian Americans and South Asian Americans. Her book, Indian Accents: Brown Voice and Racial Performance in American Television and Film focuses on representations of South Asians in American film and television.