Jenny Oyallon-Koloski

Jenny Oyallon-Koloski
Assistant Professor of Media & Cinema Studies
446B Gregory Hall
  • PhD in Communication Arts (Film), 2017, University of Wisconsin – Madison
  • MA in Communication Arts (Film), 2010, University of Wisconsin – Madison
  • BA in English, 2008, Carleton College
  • Assistant Professor of Media and Cinema Studies
Course Specialties
  • MACS 150: Introduction to Digital Media Production 
  • MACS 203: Contemporary Movies 
  • MACS 485: Making Video Essays 
  • MACS 504: Theories of Cinema

Jenny Oyallon-Koloski is an assistant professor of Media and Cinema Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign and a Certified Movement Analyst in Laban/Bartenieff Movement Studies. She serves as the movement analysis specialist for the Media Ecology Project (Mark Williams and John P. Bell, PIs, Dartmouth College) and is a faculty affiliate of the Eye Tracking / Physiology Lab in the College of Media at the University of Illinois. Her current book project argues for the storytelling power of figure movement and dance in musical cinema. She is also the director of the movement visualization (mv) lab and co-creator, in collaboration with Michael Junokas, of the mv tool, an embodied motion-capture research environment to study the manifestations of human movement in cinematic space.

Select Publications

"Moving Cinematic History: Filmic Analysis through Performative Research.” Primary author; co-authored with Michael J. Junokas, Dora Valkanova, Kayt MacMaster, and Sarah Mininsohn. Digital Humanities Quarterly. 2020. 

“Maya and Mia At La La Land.” Screenworks 10:1 (2019).

“America is (not) Cool.” [in]Transition Journal of Videographic Film & Moving Image Studies 5:3 (2018).

“A Dance in Disguise: Figure Movement and Genre Play in Jacques Demy’s Peau d’âne.” Post Script 35:2 (2016). 59–74. 

“Genre Experimentation and Contemporary Dance in Jeanne et le garçon formidable.” Studies in French Cinema 14:2 (2014). 91–107. 

“Danceploitation, musical disruption and synergy in Saturday Night Fever, Flashdance and Breakin’.” Musicals at the Margins. Martha Shearer and Julie Wright, ed. Bloomsbury. 2021. 

“Annotating FloLo: Utilizing Laban Movement Analysis in The Media Ecology Project.” Co-authored with Mark Williams. Women and Silent Screen (Shanghai). China Film Press, 2018. 64–70.