Zoran Samardzija - Columbia College Chicago

Zoran Samardzija

Associate Professor



Zoran Samardzija is Associate Professor of Cinema and Television Arts. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2005. His primary research explores post-communist East European and Balkan Cinemas in order to address the socio-political ramifications of European unification. He has published several articles and reviews, which include an analysis of Andrei Tarkovksy’s Nostalghia, the use of historical and national myths in the films of Theo Angelopoulos, representations of exile and migration in cinema about the Balkans, and David Lynch’s embrace of the Internet and digital video. His book Post‑Communist Malaise: Cinematic Responses to European Integration was published in 2020 by Rutgers University.

Instructional Areas

Film History, Film Theory and Criticism, and Aesthetics.

Creative Practice and Research Interests

Post-communist cinema, authorship, long-takes


B.A., English Loyola University of Chicago 1998
M.A., English Literature Northwestern University 1999
Ph.D., English University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee 2005