David Resha

Associate Professor of Film and Media

David Resha is a scholar in film and media, with a focus on documentary cinema and news media.  

Dr. Resha is the author of the book The Cinema of Errol Morris, published by Wesleyan University Press in 2015. He is also the author of several articles in peer-reviewed film and media journals, including Film History, Screening the Past, Quarterly Review of Film and Video, and Velvet Light Trap

Resha’s short documentaries have screened in film festivals and curated exhibitions across the country, including IFC.com, Rooftop Film Series (Brooklyn), and the Wisconsin Film Festival. He also participates as a juror on several film and screenwriting competitions, including the Pare Lorentz Panel for the International Documentary Association, the Holle Award for Excellence in Screenwriting, and several juries for the Sidewalk Film Festival. Resha served on the Board of Directors for the Alabama Moving Image Association from 2013-2016. 

Resha’s courses include film and media studies classes (Introduction to Film and History of Documentary Film) and film production classes (Introduction to Digital Video and Screenwriting). He frequently oversees self-directed studies and regularly participates in the Oxford Research Scholars Program. 

David Resha received a BA degree in philosophy from Vassar College and an MA and PhD in film studies from the University Wisconsin-Madison. He directed the Media and Film Studies Program at Birmingham-Southern College before joining the faculty of Oxford College in 2016.


BA| Vassar College| 2001

MA| University of Wisconsin-Madison| 2004

PhD| University of Wisconsin-Madison| 2010

Courses Taught

FILM 101 Introduction to Film

FILM 107 Introduction to Digital Video

FILM 204 Documentary Film and Media History

FILM 378 Screenwriting

Research Interests

Documentary film history and aesthetics, television news, film exhibition, television advertising