Documentary Project Directors
The Duke Kunshan University Student Experience Documentary Project is led by three co-directors, in consultation with the Center for Teaching and Learning, the Humanities Research Center, and the Institutional Review Board.
Kaley Clements is a Global Fellow in the Arts and Humanities at Duke Kunshan University. He received his BA in History from the University of California at Santa Cruz in 2005 and went on to teach English at several in universities in Japan, Korea, and Saudi Arabia. He has also been working with film and made interactive eBooks, produced educational videos, and developed curriculum for the Saudi Electric Company to merge language learning, electromagnetism, and workplace safety. He has worked with documentary film in Vietnam and the United States, which brought him to Duke University to get an MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts. His work at Duke has mainly focused on Latin American and Anglo American relations with a focus on photography in Cuba and video in Mexico.
James Miller is a member of the undergraduate program inaugural faculty and Professor of Humanities at Duke Kunshan University. He is co-director of the Humanities Research Center and responsible for fostering interdisciplinary research in the arts, humanities and interpretive social sciences at DKU. His research lies at the intersection of religion, philosophy, culture and ecology, and he is a noted expert on Daoism, China’s indigenous religion.
Miguel Rojas-Sotelo, is an historian, visual artist, media activist, scholar, and curator. He holds a Doctorate (PhD) in Visual Studies, Contemporary Art, and Cultural Theory, M.A in Modern and Contemporary Art (U. Pittsburgh), MFA on Visual Arts (U. de los Andes, 1995), and BA in Art (sub-major in History and Philosophy).
Miguel worked as visual arts director of the Ministry of Culture of Colombia (1997-2001), building cultural policy for the visual arts in his country, and independently as artist, curator, author, and critic ever since.
His areas of interest are: decolonial aesthesis, environmental visual humanities, intercultural visualities, subaltern studies, the global south, contemporary visual circuits, culture and power, cultural politics and subjectivity, performance and film studies. He currently works and teaches at Duke University, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies and the Nicholas School of the Environment. Miguel is the Academic Events Coordinator, and the Director of the NC Latin American Film and New Media Festival. Miguel coordinates interdisciplinary working groups, directs the Hemispheric Indigeneity project, co-directed the Indigeneity | Art | Decoloniality symposium, and co-leads the Working Group on Environmental | Arts | Humanities: Narrating Nature at Duke University, and Health Humanities.
Miguel has won the 2017-2018 National Prize in Art and Essay Criticism awarded by the Colombian Ministry of Culture and Los Andes University.