Academic Work


Below is a brief outline of my academic work, teaching and research experience, and fellowships. For my videographic work, please see the tab above. 

Currently, I am a graduate student at the University of Cambridge, reading for an M.Phil. in Film & Screen Studies. I am a recipient of the Keasbey Scholarship. In 2019, I graduated summa cum laude  with departmental honors from Middlebury College with a B.A. in Film & Media Culture and minors in Political Science and English & American Literatures.

My research interests include film theory and history, videographic criticism, experimental and found footage films, digital humanities and culture, media studies, and American culture and history.

Writing


Film
My undergraduate thesis is entitled, Rebecca as Essential Hitchcock or, Why He Felt the Way He Did.” It is a Scalar book project in which I argue that Rebecca‘s disputed authorship allows it to function as an ideal film to understand Hitchcock as an auteur. The thesis works in opposition to Hitchcock’s claim that Rebecca is not a “Hitchcock picture,” and examines key ways in which the artistic visions of author Daphne du Maurier and producer David O. Selznick influenced Hitchcock’s later work.

The project features video essays, an analysis of media coverage at the time of the film’s release, and original archival research conducted at the Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin and the Herrick Library at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences. It is currently pending public release until rights to use certain materials have been approved. I wrote about visiting the Hitchcock archive for the Middlebury News Room here.

DiGravio, Will. “Review of Criterion Collection Rerelease of Magnificent Obsession,” Film Matters (forthcoming.)

Media
DiGravio, Will. “The Downfall of Crown Prince Charming: Examining newspaper coverage of Mohammed bin Salman before and after Jamal Khashoggi’s murder,” Media Portrayal of Minorities Project (November 2018). 

DiGravio, Will, with Mira Chugh, Jamison Fletcher, and Erika Nakagawa. “Clinton, Trump, and Sexual Assault: Newspaper Coverage of Survivors of Sexual Assault & Misconduct in Two Eras,” Media Portrayal of Minorities Project (June 2018). 

DiGravio, Will, with Mira Chugh. “Free Speech on College Campuses: Exploring US newspaper coverage from 2008-2017,” Media Portrayal of Minorities Project (January 2019).

Teaching Experience


Teaching Assistant, Scholarship in Sound & Image Workshop, Middlebury Digital Liberal Arts Summer Institute (Summer 2019).

The workshop is two week program during which established scholars learn the theory and technical skills necessary to produce videographic scholarship. During the course of the workshop, they conceive and produce film & media criticism via digital sound and moving images. As the sole teaching and residential assistant, I served as mentor and technical assistant to the 14 scholars who participated, provided feedback on projects in one one one, small and large group setting, and assisted in teaching participants basic skills in Adobe Premiere and videographic theory.

Teaching Assistant, “Introduction to Media & Minorities,” Middlebury College (Winter 2019)

Research Experience


Research Lab Member, Media Portrayal of Minorities Project, Middlebury College (Winter 2018- Winter 2019)

Research Assistant, Professor Ted Perry, Film & Media Culture Department, Middlebury College (Spring 2018)
Fact-checked and proof read the complete draft of a book on Michelangelo Antonioni’s film The Passenger (Professione: Reporter). 

Awards


Keasbey Scholarship – Keasbey Memorial Foundation (2019)
Highly competitive scholarship to fund tuition, fees, and a living stipend for up to two years of graduate study at Cambridge, Oxford, or Edinburgh. 

Kellogg Fellowship in the Humanities – Middlebury College (2018)
$5,000 to conduct archival research for my senior thesis.