Vita

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I am a scholar/artist who combines theory and practice, producing work in a variety of media from traditional scholarly journal publications to books, videos, and music.

Work

Experience
 

Professor - School of Communication Florida State University

2013 - present

I am a Professor and Director of the Media Production Program in the School of Communication at Florida State University where I teach classes in Environmental Communication and Documentary Video Production​​.

SCHOLAR/ARTIST
Documentary Video Production

Camera/Shooter - Panasonic GH4, Panasonic DVX200, 360/VR Video Production

Editor - Adobe Premiere, Avid Media Composer

MEDIA SCHOLAR

Environmental Communication

Images and the Politics of Visibility

Alternative/Community Media

 

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Associate Professor - School of Communication
Florida State University

​2007 - 2013

2010 - present

Assistant Professor - School of Communication
Florida State University

2001-2006

Research Assistant - Oregon Research Institute

1990-1996

2010 - present

Worked on a series of grant funded social science research projects.  Tasks included data collection for community intervention in teen tobacco use, interviewing for safe sex practices of street youth, telephone surveys, data entry.

Education

Ph.D - Mass Communication

University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

​1998-2001

Dissertation Title:  Microradio and the FCC: Media Activism and the Struggle Over Broadcast Policy

Dissertation Advisor:  Dr. Jane Brown

Certificate in Cultural Studies

​​MS - Communication
​​​School of Journalism and Communication
University of Oregon

1996 - 1998

Master's Thesis:  Dr. Shipsey and the Cows -  a 30-minute video documentary

Thesis Advisor:  Carl Bybee

BA, cum laude - Cultural Anthropology
Harvard University
1982-1986
Honors Thesis Title:  Speaking Without Tongues: Tradition, Technology and the Yoruba Talking Drum
Thesis Advisor: Victor Manfredi

 

Books

Refereed Books

Opel, A., & Retzinger, J. (contract). Environmental Documentaries and Communities of Activism. Manuscript under contract for publication, New York:Routledge.

 

Elmer, G., & Opel, A. (2008). Preempting Dissent: The Politics of an Inevitable Future. Arbeiter Ring Press. Winnipeg, Manitoba/Arbeiter Ring Press.

Opel, A. (2004). ). Micro Radio and the FCC: Media Activism and the Struggle Over Broadcast Policy. Westport, CT/Praeger Press.

 


Edited Books

Opel, A., & Pompper, D. (Eds.). (2003). Representing Resistance: Media, Civil Disobedience and the Global Justice Movement. Westport, CT/Praeger Press.

 

 

Children's Books

Opel, A. (2017). THE BOBHOUSE: A Winnipesaukee Christmas. Portsmouth, NH: Jetty House.

 

Opel, A. (2015). THE MANSION: An Old Winnipesaukee Mystery. Portsmouth, NH: Jetty House.

Opel, A. (2013). THE WEIRS: A Winnipesaukee Adventure. Jetty House, Peter E. Randall Publisher.

 

Opel, A. (2011) THE WITCHES: A Winnipesaukee Adventure. Jetty House, Peter E. Randall Publisher.  (Winner, Best Children's Book, New England Book Festival, 2011).

 

 

Articles

Invited Journal Articles

Opel, A., Johnston, J., & Wilk, R. (2010). Food, Culture and the Environment: Communicating About What We Eat. Environmental Communication: A Journal of Nature and Culture, 4(3), 251-254.


Refereed Journal Articles

Ferraro, A., Oehme, K., Bruker, M., Arpan, L., & Opel, A. (2018). The Impact of Training Videos on Attitudes About Parenting After Divorce. Journal of Divorce & Remarriage, 59(7), 590-600. doi:10.1080/10502556.2018.1466253

Ferraro, A., Malespin, T., Oehme, K., Bruker, M., & Opel, A. (2016). Advancing Co-parenting Education: Toward a Foundation for Supporting Positive Post-Divorce Adjustment. Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal, 10(1), 1-9. doi:10.1007/s10560-016-0440-x

 

Arpan, L., Opel, A., & Lu, J. (2013). Motivating the Skeptical and Unconcerned: Considering Values, Worldviews, and Norms When Framing Messages Encouraging Energy Conservation and Efficiency Behaviors. Applied Environmental Education and Communication, 12(3), 207-219.

 

Proffitt, J., Opel, A., & Gaccione, J. (2009). Taking Root in the Sunshine State: The Emergence of the Media Reform Movement in the State of Florida. Journal of Communication Inquiry, 33(4), 318-336.

 

Opel, A. (2008). From Water Crisis to Water Culture: An Interview with Vandana Shiva. Cultural Studies, 22(2-3), 497-507.

 

Elmer, G., & Opel, A. (2006). Surviving the Inevitable Future: Preemption in the Age of Faulty Intelligence. Cultural Studies, 20(4-5), 477-492.

 

Opel, A. (2006). Corporate Culture Keeps Nature Regular: Super-Citizens, Media and the 'Metamucil and Old Faithful' Ad. Capitalism Nature Socialism, 17(3), 100-113.

 

Opel, A. (2005). Paradise Lost I & II: Documentary, Gothic and the Monster of Justice. eJumpcut, 47, 32.

 

Opel, A., & Templin, R. (2005). Is Anybody Reading This? Indymedia and Internet Traffic Reports. Transformations, 10, 20.

 

Opel, A., & Smith, J. (2004). ZooTycoon: Capitalism, Nature and the Pursuit of Happiness. Ethics and the Environment, 9(2), 103-120.

 

Opel, A. (1999). Constructing Purity: Bottled Water and The Commodification of Nature. Journal of American Culture, 22(4), 67-76.  

 

Invited Book Chapters

Opel, A. (2016). Media Coverage of Protests. In K. Fahlenbrach, M. Klimke, and J. Scharloth (Ed.), Protest Cultures: A Companion, Volume 1: Pragmatics of Protest. New York/Oxford Press.

 

Opel, A. (2015). Cultural representations of the environment beyond mainstream media. In Cox, R., Hansen, A. (Ed.), The Handbook of Environment and Communication. Routledge Press.

 

Elmer, G., & Opel, A. (2013). Preemption, Premediation, Prediction: The Politics of Betting on the Future. In Kelly Gates (Ed.), Media Studies Futures. Oxford, England/John Wiley and Sons Ltd.

 

Rice, R. E., Opel, A., Meisner, M., Depoe, S., Roser-Renouf, C., & Shome, D. (2012). Environmental Communication and Media: Centers, Programs and Resource. In Steve Jones (Ed.), Communication @ The Center. NY/Hampton Press.

 

Elmer, G., & Opel, A. (2011). Pre-empting Panoptic Surveillance: Surviving the Inevitable War on Terror. In David Lyon (Ed.), Theorizing Surveillance: The Panopticon and Beyond (pp. 139-159). Cullompton, UK/Willan Publishing.


Refereed Book Chapters

Opel, A. (2002). Monopoly, The National Parks Edition: Reading Neo-Liberal Simulacra. In Mark Meister, & Phyllis Japp (Eds.), Enviropop: Studies in Environmental Rhetoric and Popular Culture (pp. 31-44). Westport, CT/Greenwood Press.


Invited Encyclopedia Entries

Opel, A. (2010). Low Power FM Radio in the U.S. In John Downing (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Social Movement Media. Thousand Oaks, CA/Sage Publications.

 

Opel, A. (2008). Constructing Purity: Bottled Water and The Commodification of Nature. In Michael Ryan (Ed.), Cultural Studies: An Anthology. London/Blackwell Publishing.

 

Opel, A. (2006). Community Radio. In C. Sterling and D.C. Whitney (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Journalism. Thousand Oaks, CA/Sage Publications.


Invited Reviews

Opel, A. (2016). How to Let Go of the World and Love All The Things Climate Can't Change Directed by Josh Fox (Review). Environment, Space, Place, 8(2).

Opel, A. (2009). Review of Democratic Communications: Formations, Projects and Possibilities. Democratic Communique, 23(1).

 

Opel, A. (2007). ). Structural Change? Environmental Documentary and Globalization. [Review of the films Darwin's Nightmare and Who Killed the Electric Car]. Environmental Communication, 1(1).

 

Opel, A. (2007). Review of Global Citizens: Social Movements and the Challenge of Globalization by Marjorie Mayo. International Journal of Media and Cultural Politics, 3(2).

 

Opel, A. (2004). Review of Beyond Ideology: A Case for Egalitarian Bias in the News, by Reginald Ecarma. Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly, 81(1).

 

Opel, A. (2004). Review of Communication, Media, and American Society: A Critical Introduction by Daniel W. Rossides. Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly, 81(1).

 

Creative Works

                                                      Original Creative Works

Scripts or Screenplays

Opel, A. (Writer). The End of the Ride [Narrative Feature].

•    Semi-finalist in the Lonestar Screenplay Competition, 1998.
•    Quarter-finalist in the Empire Screenplay Competition, 1998.

Films

Opel, A. (Executive Producer). (2018). Stories From the Apalachicola: A Threatened River [Documentary]. WFSU-TV. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o8Bf0Finm8M&feature=youtu.be

 

* Aired on WFSU-TV on 10/25/2018 at 8pm.

Elmer, G., & Opel, A. (Co-Director). (2014). Preempting Dissent [Documentary]. Toronto, CA, Infoscape Labs. Retrieved from https://vimeo.com/129828662

 

Invited Screenings:

SALT, Istanbul, Turkey, 11/28/2013

 Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec, 01/15/2014

 Northeastern University, Boston, MA, 02/25/2014

 Ruskin University, Cambridge, UK, 03/17/2014

 Cardiff University, School of Journalism, Media & Cultural Studies, Cardiff, UK, 03/18/2014

 University of Salford, Manchester, UK, 03/19/2014

 Goldsmiths College, University of London, London, UK, 03/20/2014

 Dalhousie Architecture School, Halifax, UK, 04/03/2014

 University of Washington Bothell, 05/21/2014

 CSI- 215 Spadina Ave, Toronto, CA Sponsored by www.rabble.ca 07/10-2014

 Mayfair Theater, Ottawa, CA, 09/08/2014

 University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT, 10/09/2014

Competitive Screenings

 Action on Film Festival, Los Angeles, CA 08/30/2014 (Kelley Thomas, Best Social Commentary  Documentary Award Winner)

 Unspoken Human Rights Film Festival, Utica, NY, 10/03/2014

 Social Justice Film Festival, Seattle, WA 10/20/2014

 Media Democracy Days, Vancouver, BC, 11/07/2014.

Opel, A. (Director). (2012). BEATING JUSTICE: The Martin Lee Anderson Story [Documentary].

A one hour documentary about a 14-year old boy who was beaten and died in a Florida sheriff's "boot camp."  https://vimeo.com/20647722

 

Competitive Screenings and Awards:

•    Screened at the Eugene International Documentary Film Festival, October 19, 2012
•    Screened at the DocUtah International Documentary Film Festival, Sept. 5-9, 2012
•    Screened at the Chagrin Documentary Film Festival, October 3-7, 2012

        •    Winner - Best Social Issue Documentary.
•    Screened at the Fort Myers Beach Film Festival, April 28, 2012
•    Screened at the Florida Film Festival, April 22, 2012
•    Screened at the Tallahassee Film Festival, April 9, 2011.
•    Screened at the University Film and Video Association Conference, August 3, 2011.
•    Platinum Award, Empixx Film and Video Awards, 2011

 

Opel, A., Nudd, D., & Galloway, T. (Director). (2010). Tough [Documentary]. University of Chicago Press.

6 minute video collage 1of performance art piece by Terry Galloway, Produced Donna Nudd and Directed by Opel and Galloway. Video Production by Opel. Included in a DVD companion to the book Gay Shame, edited by David Halperin and Valerie Traub, University of Chicago Press 2010. https://vimeo.com/77230192 

 

Opel, A. (Director). (2008). 9 Sustainability Public Service Announcements [Public Service Announcements].

 

Opel, A. (Director). (2006). The Cargo Bike [Narrative Short].

23 minute eco-horror-comedy short.  Screenings:
•    Mickee Faust Clubhouse, Tallahassee, FL, January 2006
•    Critical Mass Screening, Carrboro, NC, May 2006

 

Opel, A., & Ellison, A. (Co-Director/Producer). (2003). Precogs and Preemption: Minority Report and The Bush Doctrine [Documentary].  https://vimeo.com/77231345

Competitive Screenings:
•    Florida State University Literature and Film Conference, February, 2003.
•    Console-ing Passions Conference, New Orleans, LA, May, 2004.

 

Opel, A. (Director/Producer). (2000). Power [Documentary].

Competitive Screenings:
•    Duke University Film and Video Documentary Happening, Durham, NC. February 2000.

 

Opel, A. (Director/Producer). (1998). Dr. Shipsey and The Cows [Documentary].  https://vimeo.com/84068515

Competitive Screenings:
•    First Place winner in the student competition at the Marco Island Film Festival, Marco Island, FL. $1,000 cash prize. Oct. 1998.
•    Fort Worth Film Festival, Fort Worth, TX, Oct. 1998.
•    Duke University Film and Video Documentary Happening, Durham, NC, Jan. 1999.

 

Contracts
and Grants

Opel, A. (Oct 2017–Oct 2018). Apalachicola River: Stories From the River. Funded by Florida Humanities Council. Total award $5,000.  Grant funded to Apalachicola Riverkeeper, written by myself and Georgia Ackerman to fund the completion of 1 hour documentary about the river, in partnership with WFSU-TV.

 

Oehme, K., Simpson, J., Bruker, M., & Opel, A. (Oct 2014–May 2017). Successful Co-Parenting After Divorce. Funded by FSU Foundation Grant. Total award $250,000.

Yong, T., Zhu, Y., Cartes, D., Tolone, W., Khee Poh Lam, & Opel, A. R., et. al (Network Contributor). (Sep 2013–Aug 2018). Predictive Modeling Network for Sustainable Human-Building Ecosystems (SHBE). Funded by National Science Foundation Research Coordination Network--Science, Engineering and Education for Sustainability. (1338851). Total award $652,846.

 

Opel, A. (May 2013–May 2014). Post Production Preempting Dissent Documentary Project. Funded by Council on Research and Creativity, FSU. Total award $10,000.

 

Opel, A. (PI), & Arpan, L. M. (May 2013–Aug 2013). Proterra Electric Bus Project. Funded by Center for Transportation and the Enviro. (None). Total award $15,725.

 

Opel, A. (PI), & Arpan, L. M. (Sep 2012–Jun 2013). Public Service Announcement (Heat-Related Illnesses). Funded by Florida Department of Health. (A6767E). Total award $3,360.

 

Opel, A. (Jul 2012–Dec 2012). Marketing "Beating Justice". Funded by FSU Council on Research and Creativity. Total award $3,000.

 

Opel, Andrew R (PI). (Feb 2012–Jun 2012). Public Service Announcement (Asthma). Funded by Florida Department of Health. (A53EF3). Total award $3,360.

 

Opel, A. (Jan 2012–May 2012). Conference Travel Grant. Funded by Provost's Faculty Travel Grant. Total award $450.

 

Opel, Andrew R (PI). (Jan 2012–Jun 2012). Public Service Announcement (Environmental Public Health. Funded by Florida Department of Health. (A4CD9B). Total award $3,360.

 

Opel, A., & Arpan, L. (Sep 2011–Jun 2012). Carbon Monoxide Poisoning and Asthma Trigger Awareness PSAs. Funded by Florida Department of Health, Division of Environmental Health. Total award $7,000.

 

Opel, A. (Jan 2011–May 2011). Conference Travel Grant. Funded by Provost's Faculty Travel Grant. Total award $450.

 

Opel, A., & Arpan, L. (Jan 2011–Sep 2011). Air Quality Alert System PSAs. Funded by Florida Department of Health, Division of Environmental Health. Total award $5,200.

 

Opel, A. (Jan 2010–May 2010). Conference Travel Grant. Funded by Provost's Faculty Travel Grant. Total award $450.

 

Elmer, G., & Opel, A. (May 2009–May 2013). Preempting Dissent: Policing The Crisis. Funded by Canadian Social Science and Humanities Council. Total award $149,000.

 

Opel, A. (Jan 2009–Dec 2010). Energy Efficiency PSAs. Funded by Institute for Energy Systems, Economics and Sustainability. Total award $249,800.

 

Opel, A., & Nudd, D. M. (Sep 2008–Dec 2009). Workshops on Creative Projects, Ethics and Human Subjects. Funded by Committee on Ethics in Research and Creative Activity. Total award $10,000.

 

Opel, A. (May 2008–Sep 2009). Post-production on "BEATING JUSTICE". Funded by Committee on Faculty Research Support (COFRS). Total award $13,000.

 

Opel, A. (Jan 2007–Dec 2007). Service Learning Program Grant. Funded by Campus Sustainability Initiative. Total award $5,000.

 

Opel, A. (Jan 2007–May 2007). Conference Travel Grant. Funded by Provost's Faculty Travel Grant. Total award $450.

 

Opel, A. (Jan 2005–May 2005). Conference Travel Grant. Funded by Provost's Faculty Travel Grant. Total award $450.

 

Opel, A. (Jan 2004–Dec 2004). Social Movements and the Environment Documentaries. Funded by Senate Library Committee Primary Resource Grant. Total award $4,000.

 

Opel, A. (Jan 2004–May 2004). Conference Travel Grant. Funded by Provost's Faculty Travel Grant. Total award $450.

 

Opel, A. (Jan 2003–May 2003). Conference Travel Grant. Funded by Provost's Faculty Travel Grant. Total award $450.

 

Opel, A. (May 2002–Sep 2002). The Student Anti-Sweatshop Movement on University Campuses. Funded by First Year Assistant Professor Award:. Total award $10,000.

 

Opel, A. (Jan 2002–May 2002). Conference Travel Grant. Funded by Provost's Faculty Travel Grant. Total award $450.

 

Opel, A. (Sep 2000–Jun 2001). Micro Radio and Media Activism Research. Funded by Eli S. Rubenstein Dissertation Research Grant. Total award $2,000.

 

Opel, A. R. (Jun 1985–Sep 1985). Nigeria Travel and the Yoruba Talking Drum. Funded by the Committee on African Studies at Harvard University. Total award $1,600.

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