Alexander J. Cohen
PhD, State University of New York at Buffalo, Adjunct Assistant Professor


Film & Media
6224 Dwinelle Hall
University of California
Berkeley, CA 94720


Alexander Cohen received his A.B. in Biology from Brown University in 1981, and his Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1989. He joined the faculty at UC Berkeley in 1990, and has taught courses on the philosophy and rhetoric of science, and the critical theory of technology. His courses explore the impact of the Internet, computers and media technology on cinema, cultural expression, and society. His interests include digital cinema, the future of cinema, new media, science fiction and critical theory.  He has taught auteur courses on Hayao Miyazaki, Stanley Kubrick and Steven Spielberg. His article “Cinema in the Age of RWX Culture.”  explores the impact of digitization and Internet-enabled distribution on cinema in our current ‘read-write-execute’ Culture enabled by the Internet. It was published in The Twenty-First-Century Media Industry: Economic and Managerial Implications in the Age of New Media, ed. J.H. Hendricks, ©2010.

Recent Work

Alex Cohen is teaching Film 151, Auteur: Stanley Kubrick Fall Semester 2013, Tuesday/Wednesday  6-9 in 188 and 142 Dwinelle Hall.

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Previously: Executive Director of a non-profit whose mission was to advance independent cinema by implementing fundamental elements of the filmmaking process on the Internet — from conception, through production, to digital distribution and exhibition.

He has held executive positions at the Ovidian Group, (a Dreamworks/Imagine Entertainment company), OpenDesign, CNET, Netscape and the Magellan Search Engine and was an entrepreneur in residence at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers.

He is also an inventor on numerous Internet related and computer technologies both on his own and with Intellectual Ventures and has over 30 allowed patents and over 150 other current patent applications.