Tama Lynne Hamilton-Wray

Assistant Professor

Tama Hamilton-Wray’s research interests are global African Cinema and liberatory film. Her dissertation looked at the work of filmmaker Haile Gerima. She holds a doctoral degree in American Studies from MSU, a master’s degree in International Affairs from Ohio University and a bachelor’s degree in French from Hiram College. She was formerly coordinator of the MSU African Media Program. She has served abroad as a Peace Corps volunteer in Kenya, East Africa and as a U.S. State Department intern in Mali, West Africa. Hamilton-Wray has led numerous media literacy workshops and coordinated film festivals. She is co-owner with her husband, Jeff Wray, of Jazzy Tam Films, an independent film company. Their 2003 production, China, was broadcast nationwide on select PBS stations and their 2008 production,The Soul Searchers: Three Stories, has played at both national and international festivals. Their newest film, Songs for my Right Side, currently in post-production, is set for release in 2013.

BIO

Tama Hamilton-Wray’s research interests are global African Cinema and liberatory film. Her dissertation looked at the work of filmmaker Haile Gerima. She holds a doctoral degree in American Studies from MSU, a master’s degree in International Affairs from Ohio University and a bachelor’s degree in French from Hiram College. She was formerly coordinator of the MSU African Media Program. She has served abroad as a Peace Corps volunteer in Kenya, East Africa and as a U.S. State Department intern in Mali, West Africa. Hamilton-Wray has led numerous media literacy workshops and coordinated film festivals. She is co-owner with her husband, Jeff Wray, of Jazzy Tam Films, an independent film company. Their 2003 production, China, was broadcast nationwide on select PBS stations and their 2008 production,The Soul Searchers: Three Stories, has played at both national and international festivals. Their newest film, Songs for my Right Side, currently in post-production, is set for release in 2013.

CONTACT INFO

Office: C220G Snyder Hall
Phone: (517) 884-6007

HIGHLIGHTS

PhD in American Studies, Michigan State University
MA in International Affairs, Ohio University
BA in French, Hiram College