Stephen Woo is a fourth-year doctoral candidate in the department of Modern Culture and Media. His research, which engages the politics of global cinema as well as cinematic form, pairs film theory with questions of trauma, race, coloniality, and sex. Before coming to Brown, he received a bachelor’s degree in film studies and American studies from Cornell University, where he was a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow. He was the 2021 recipient of the Albert Spaulding Cook Prize in the Department of Comparative Literature and the 2022 recipient of the Student Writing Award by the Society for Cinema and Media Studies. In 2021, he also received a Critical Language Scholarship for the Study of Chinese by the U.S. Department of State. In addition to his scholarship, he is a programmer for Magic Lantern Cinema in Providence, RI.