Nava Dushi

Associate Professor, Film and Media Studies

Office location:

Lynn Library


Phone: +1 561-237-7498

Professional profile

Nava Dushi is an associate professor at Lynn University's College of Communication and Design, where she teaches film history, film theory, and international film. Her research traces the concept of the minor, its aesthetic manifestations, and ethical consequences for culture and history. Her current work on a manuscript titled “The Void in the Text: Minor Cinema and the Nation,” proposes a theorization of the untranslatable in minor national films, the singularity of their viewer mode of address, and their potentiality to affect a creative encounter with the text. Her essays were published in the anthologies “Films with Legs: Crossing Borders with Foreign Language Films” (Cambridge Scholars Publishing), and “Israeli Cinema: Identities in Motion” (University of Texas Press). Dushi presents her research regularly at the annual conferences of leading professional organizations and specialized colloquia. She is a winner of the American Israel Cooperative Enterprise Schusterman Israel Scholar Award and a recipient of a Ph.D. research grant awarded by The Florida Israel Institute.


B.F.A., Tel Aviv University
M.A., Florida Atlantic University
Ph.D., Tel Aviv University

Teaching philosophy

Our era is dominated by an instantaneous and inexhaustible access to information and connectivity. Professional careers coveted by students entering their freshman year in college may undergo significant changes or altogether disappear upon their graduation. In this state of affairs, the role of academe consists of two important tasks: on the one hand, imparting the critical and rhetorical skill-set necessary for the pursuit of specialized knowledge, and on the other hand, fostering the development of an intellectual core that would withstand the demands of ongoing shifts in the professional arena. To this end, instilling the importance of a broad education that engages students in critical discussions concerning the significance of history, the diversity of societies and cultures, the role of the arts, ethics and morality, is of fundamental importance and remains the cornerstone of higher education.

Areas of scholarship

  • Critical theory
  • Cinema and philosophy
  • National and transnational cinema
  • Israeli cinema and culture
  • Minor cinema
  • Pedagogy–The place of cinema in liberal arts education

Awards and honors

  • American Israeli Cooperative Enterprise Schusterman Israel Scholar Award, 2010–2011
  • American Israeli Cooperative Enterprise Schusterman Israel Scholar Award, 2009–2010.
  • Florida Israel Institute Research Grant, 2008.
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