Michael Lipiner

Email: mlip6@hotmail.com

Academic Background

  • 2014-Present: Studies for Ph.D. in film studies supervised by Dr. Tobias Ebbrecht-Hartmann and Dr. Aner Preminger, Department of Communication and Journalism, The Hebrew University, Jerusalem

  • 2002-2004: M.A. with Honors in English Education, thesis supervised by Dr. Alison Matika on the subject of collaborative learning, City University of New York

  • 1993-1997: B.A. with Honors in Communications, University of Rhode Island, film studies assistant to Dr. John Leo and Dr. Thomas Zorabedian

Fields of Interest

Michael's doctoral research examines Woody Allen's blurring of cinematic moral grey zones and his transformation from comedies to serious dramas, specifically how this shift complicates and explicates an American conceptualization of moral culpability. In this case, the earlier cinephiliac Allen contrasts with the modernistic, skeptical one, which, in turn, raises questions about and challenges a system of moral rules that have become obsolete in a new, complex and ambiguous millennium global marketplace. Michael's study also explores to what extent Allen alludes intertextually to influential filmmakers, such as Charlie Chaplin and Stanley Kubrick, who had also in their early careers made satirical (and subtly politically-charged) films to serve as an important basis for their later, more sophisticated and overt sociopolitical films whose trademark screen characters would virtually disappear.

  • Lipiner, Michael. "Super-Perception: Minorities Depicted In Comic Book Filmic Adaptations." International Journal of Comic Art, Vol. 16 (2). January 2015.

  • Lipiner, Michael. "Lights, Camera, Lesson: teaching literacy through film." E-Learning and Digital Media, November 2011, 8(4), 375-396.

  • Lipiner, Michael. If I Fell: A Play. New York: Manhattan Theater Source. September 2006.

  • Lipiner, Michael. Magyar, Stars & Stripes: a Journey From Hungary Through the Holocaust and to New York. New York: iUniverse, 2005.