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Jean Anne Lauer –

Professor of Humanities



Dr. Jean Anne Lauer has promoted the development and exhibition of independent film, specializing in Latine, Iberoamerican, and Indigenous film and media since 2004. She first discovered her passion for the field when working with the International Pitching Market at the Guanajuato International Film Festival (Guanajuato, Mexico, 2004 through 2013). Since then, Jean has also worked with Cine Las Americas International Film Festival (Austin, TX, 2008 through 2022), and with Fantastic Fest (Austin, TX, 2013 to present). Currently, she teaches courses at ACC in the Dept. of Philosophy, Religion, and Humanities and the Dept. of Radio-Television-Film. Along with building a professional résumé and working with filmmakers in the US and abroad, Jean holds an M.A. in Spanish Language and Literature, and an M.A. in Humanities, both from Arizona State University. Jean completed her Ph.D. at the University of Texas at Austin in the Dept. of Radio-Television-Film. Jean has been a faculty member at ACC since Fall of 2005.

Teaching Philosophy

My first and foremost goal as a professor is to develop positive working relationships with the students in my classes. Specifically, I enjoy and try to foster learning environments in which there is ongoing communication between the instructor and students regarding individual and group progress in the given area of study, and in which students learn not only from me, but also from themselves and from each other. I also emphasize that I believe that students have brains in their heads, and I look forward to getting to know each of them through their contributions to every course, every semester!

Areas of Interest

General Humanities
20th and 21st Century Arts and Culture
US Latine and Latin American Literature and Film
Mexican and Mexican American Arts and History
Film History and Aesthetics
Film Industry Studies
Genre Studies

Courses Taught at ACC

HUMA-1301: Humanities: Prehistory to Renaissance
HUMA-1301: The Great Questions Seminar
HUMA-1302: Humanities: Renaissance to Present
HUMA-1305: Introduction to Mexican American Studies
HUMA-1311: Mexican American Fine Arts Appreciation
HUMA-1315: The Arts in Contemporary Society
COMM-1335: Introduction to Radio-Television-Film
COMM-2366: Introduction to Cinema