Susan Kerns - Columbia College Chicago

Susan Kerns

Associate Professor


Susan Santha Kerns is an Assistant Professor in Columbia College Chicago’s Cinema and Television Arts department, where she teaches a variety of cinema studies and producing courses at the graduate and undergraduate levels. Her filmmaking career includes producing the documentary Manlife (2017), which won the Audience Award at the Chicago Underground Film Festival, and writing the screenplay for Little Red (2012), which won Best Feature awards at the Berlin Independent, Canada International, Great Lakes, and Driftless film festivals. She also has produced or directed numerous award-winning short films, which have screened at film festivals around the world. She is Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Chicago Feminist Film Festival, and formerly, she was Education Director at the Milwaukee Film Festival. Her academic writing on conjoined twins can be found in Nip/Tuck: Television that Gets Under Your Skin, Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics, and Comunicazioni Sociali, and she has an article on feminism and film festivals forthcoming in the Handbook of Contemporary Feminism. She holds a PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Instructional Areas

Cinema Studies, Producing, Screenwriting

Creative Practice and Research Interests

Conjoined Twins, Horror Films, Feminism, Film Festivals