Erin Espelie
Associate Professor • IAWP Faculty Affiliate
Critical Media Practices • Intermedia Art, Writing and Performance

Office: CASE W250

Associate Professor Erin Espelie is a filmmaker, writer and editor who explores the intersections of the arts and the sciences, alongside the materiality of digital and analog image-making. Her work questions environmental histories, epistemologies, and our expectations of the moving image, drawing upon her degrees in molecular and cell biology from Cornell University and experimental and documentary arts from Duke University, as well as her role as Editor in Chief of Natural History magazine.

Espelie’s films have shown at the British Film Institute, Whitechapel Gallery, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the New York Film Festival, the Rotterdam International Film Festival, the Edinburgh International Film Festival and more. She has given presentations at a range of universities and other venues, including the Museum of the Moving Image in New York City, the Natural History Museum in London and the Egyptian Theater in Los Angeles.

She is co-director of NEST (Nature, Environment, Science & Technology) Studio for the Arts and holds a joint appointment in the Department of Cinema Studies and the Moving Image Arts and the Department of Critical Media Practices at the University of Colorado Boulder. A selection of her work can be seen at