D. Andy Rice
ASPIRE Fellow in Socially Engaged Media, Center for EthnoCommunications
ASPIRE Fellow in Socially Engaged Media, Center for EthnoCommunications, UCLA Undergraduate Education Initiatives, and Healthy Campus Initiative; producer
Dr. Rice is a nonfiction filmmaker and media theorist who directs a pilot program at UCLA to teach media production for social change to undergraduates in the liberal arts. His students have focused on issues including active transit planning, gentrification, diasporic identity, arts activism, and food systems in Los Angeles. He is currently co-producing and editing a feature documentary with Zeinabu Davis titled Spirits of Rebellion: Black Cinema at UCLA, about the legacy of the L.A. Rebellion film movement, and a short documentary with choreographer Victoria Marks titled Unhooked, about the roots of hookup culture and sexual violence in Greek Life at college. He holds an MA in US History and PhD in Communication from UCSD, where he researched changes in documentary production and reenactment performance practices across the analog to digital transition.
“I often daydream about the ways that promoting healthy food could be the starting point for re-imagining how we teach our students in public schools. We face real food crises, including domestic and global food insecurity, food deserts and unsustainable ways of conducting animal husbandry and agriculture at industrial scales. The USFA has the opportunity to lead in the crafting of policy ideas in dining halls and classrooms to make a more equitable, democratic vision of food tangible.”