Assistant Professor of Art and of Literary and Cultural Studies
PhD in Film and Visual Studies, Harvard University (Cambridge, USA)
MA in Visual and Critical Studies, School of the Art Institute of Chicago (Chicago, USA)
Media studies, sound studies, art and exhibition studies and practices, Sikhi(sm) and study of religion, linguistics and Punjabi language, ethnomusicology, film and visual studies.
Began academic career at Georgetown University (Washington, DC, USA) with a BA in linguistics, interdisciplinary studies (art/semiotics), and performance practice. He then earned an MA in Visual and Critical Studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and a PhD in Film and Visual Studies from Harvard University. His dissertation project, “Listening to the Infinite: Sikh Soundscapes, Media, and Audiovisions,” looked at varied uses of audiovisual media and heritage curation in the contemporary Sikh tradition in sites such as gurdwaras, museums/public exhibitions, and cinema. Throughout fieldwork and research, Brandon pursued study of Punjabi language and later taught Punjabi language tutorials for graduate and undergraduate students at Harvard University for four years. He has experience in international education administration, having served three times as the Resident Director for the US State Department’s Critical Language Scholarship program. In addition to traditional scholarly pursuits, he has varied interest in creative performance and installation practices, encompassing performance of gurbani kirtan, creative academic production, audiovisual exhibition, and audio ethnography.