Meet Our Faculty

Noemi Menamontes

Noemi Mena Montes, Ph.D.

Head of Department of Media Communications

International Journalism and Radio, Political Communication, Migration and Intercultural Communication

Noemi Mena Montes is a journalist with a PhD in Political Communication and an expert on migration and intercultural communication. She has ten years lecturing experience in BA and MA courses in Journalism, Communication and Media Studies at Erasmus University, Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Universidad de Salamanca and as a visitor scholar at Tel Aviv University, ASCoR (UvA) and the Free University (VU) in Amsterdam.

Previously, she worked as a radio journalist in Spain, as a freelance correspondent-researcher in the Middle East, and as a communication advisor for a European political foundation. In 2011, she received the Spanish National Award for best research on Migration Studies in 2011 (Premio Santo Padre Rubio), as well as a prize for the most read article by Latina Communication Journal (2014).

Nowadays, Noemi is a public speaker and researcher in topics related to media literacy, verification of information and fake news, media and migration, media and politics, and strategic communication. She also works as a communication consultant and intercultural communication trainer for NGO's and educational institutions (Erasmus University, Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, EUCLID Network, Delitelabs, Re-connact, Refugee Forward, Kompass, Kit Royal Tropical institute). Noemi Mena is the co-founder of Re-starter (, a Foundation that promotes the integration of refugees in the Netherlands and other European countries.

Paul Anstiss

Paul Anstiss, B.A.

Media Ethics

Paul Anstiss has worked as a broadcast news journalist for more than 25 years. He was a television reporter and news reader for the BBC (Breakfast News, BBC News Channel, and BBC World Television) and for the ITV commercial network in the United Kingdom. Paul also worked for five years as a senior producer, reporter and presenter for Radio Netherlands Worldwide. During the course of his career, Paul has travelled extensively on assignments throughout the world and covered a wide range of stories including the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, G7 summits, conflicts in Somalia and Bosnia, and climate change in Antarctica.

Today, in addition to his work as a lecturer in journalism, media literacy and media ethics, Paul writes for companies such as Shell, AEGON, and Amsterdam Marketing. He coaches politicians and company executives in Europe, Africa and the Middle East on their media and presentation strategies.

Tina Bastajian

Tina Bastajian, M.A.

Media & Film

Tina Bastajian is a film/new media artist, researcher, and curator, born in Los Angeles and raised as a filmmaker in San Francisco. Intrinsic to her single-channel and installation work within experimental and diasporan film are themes of the identity, erasure, dislocation, the archive, and translation. Bastajian has exhibited internationally in festivals, galleries, museums, and symposia, including: San Francisco International Film Festival; IDFA; CinemaEast NYC; Micronomics Festival, Brussels; Smart Project Space, Amsterdam; Pompidou Centre, Paris; the Museum of Flying, Los Angeles, Hrant Dink Memorial Symposium-Sabanci University, Istanbul and De Filmhuis, Den Haag. In Spring 2013, she was invited as a guest lecturer to Concordia University Center for Oral History and Digital Storytelling to present her interactive documentary, Coffee Deposits: Topologies of Chance.

Additionally Bastajian has taught at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie and has been a visiting faculty member at the Dutch Art Institute, and as well as a guest lecturer at the University of Amsterdam, The Autonomy Summer School, Arnhem, UCLA-University of California, and the Vrije Universiteit.

She obtained her Master's from the University of Amsterdam (Preservation and Presentation of the Moving Image) and completed her Bachelor’s degree in Film studies/Production at San Francisco State University.


John Loughlin

John Loughlin, M.F.A.

Video Production

 John Loughlin holds an M.F.A. from the American Film Institute in Directing, and was also a Cinematography fellow there. He has a B.A. in Film and Video Studies and Biology from the University of Michigan. His production work has been primarily as a cinematographer (DP) or as support for the DP. He has shot, gaffed, key gripped, and camera operated for award-winning shorts, commercials, music videos, documentaries, and features. His previous work in education has been primarily as the founding chair of cinematography, a year-long master’s-level program at New York Film Academy. He currently operates Amsterdam Cinematography Lab, guest lectures at AUC, shoots, consults, edits, and colors.

M. Uivel

Matthijs Uivel, M.A.

With an extensive background in photography―and visual arts―Matthijs (Matt) Uivel is a keen communicator, writer, art critic, and curator. He holds a Master’s degree in (Photographic) Fine Art and primarily works with analog photography techniques. Matt is also an experienced lecturer, focusing both on technical execution of concepts and creating an engaging context for visual media. From his Amsterdam based studio in the Netherlands, he currently works with some of the most well-known names in the music business. In addition, he has run a gallery, published books, and collaborated with various artists from all over the world.


Mitzi Waltz, Ph.D.

Dr. Mitzi Waltz has a professional and academic background in media and cultural studies, with a specialization in Autism Studies.After completing her BA in Journalism at San Francisco State University, she worked as an editor for MacWEEK magazine and later, as a freelance journalist and author. She completed her PhD in Media and Cultural Studies at the University of Sunderland, with a focus on Disability Studies. At Sunderland, she taught Journalism and Media and Cultural Studies from 2002-2007, and founded the university’s successful MA Magazine Journalism program. In 2007 she started managing the campus-based Autism Studies program at the University of Birmingham. She also contributed to several key research projects (e.g., the Autism Education Trust report on the state of autism education in England, and the Inclusion Development Programmes for autism released by the UK Department of Children, Schools and Families in 2009). From 2012, she headed the MA Autism Studies program at Sheffield Hallam University. Since returning to the Netherlands in 2013, she has worked as an adjunct lecturer with Sheffield Hallam’s distance learning program, as a Senior Researcher at the Hogeschool van Rotterdam and Disability Studies in Nederland, and as a freelance journalist.

Carlos Roos

Carlos Roos, M.A.


Carlos Roos is a scholar in the fields of art theory and communication studies, as well as a practicing artist with international experience in studio and stage projects. He holds a B.A. in Art from Universidad Central de  Venezuela  (VE)  and  an  M.A.  in  Philosophy  of  Art  from  Leiden  University  (NL). His current  doctoral research (Leiden University and UGent) revolves around critical theory, metaphysics, and aesthetics. Roos is the editorial assistant of Empedocles: European Journal for the Philosophy of Communication, and a member  of  the  following  scholarly  associations:  European  Communication  Research  and  Education Association (ECREA), European Network for Cinema and Media Studies (NECS).


Taco Hidde Bakker, M.A.

Art writing and translation

Taco Hidde Bakker is a writer, translator and researcher based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. In   2007, he completed a Master’s degree in Photographic Studies at Leiden University with a thesis on the crossroads of photography theory and visual anthropology. Subsequently, he worked as researcher and writer on the large-scale documentary project, ‘The Last Days of Shishmaref,’ with Paradox and photographer Dana Lixenberg. His writings about art and photography have been widely published in magazines, including Camera Austria International, Foam Magazine, EXTRA, British Journal of Photography, and The PhotoBook Review, and also in catalogues and artist’s books. 

His first volume of essays, ‘The Photograph That Took the Place of a Mountain’, is forthcoming from Fw:Books in 2018.


Natalie Dixon, Ph.D.

Digital Media

Natalie Dixon is a media thinker and researcher. She is the co-founder of Affect Lab, an Amsterdam-based research studio that examines people’s relationships with technology. Dixon’s research focuses on the use of mobile phones within marginalized and vulnerable communities. Hailing from a journalism and publishing background Dixon has worked for a decade as a writer, editor and publisher for international publications and clients including ELLENational Geographic Traveller, Marie Claire, Mail&Guardian, TimeOut, SL, HYPE, seventeen and Real Simple. Dixon is in the final stage of completing her doctorate at the Media and Communications department, Goldsmiths College. Her thesis examines people’s attachment to their mobile phone using narrative, sensory and affective methods. Dixon's latest publication is titled ‘Stranger-ness and Belonging in a Neighbourhood WhatsApp Group’ (2018) in Open Cultural Studies.


Heidi Vogels, B.F.A.

Visual arts and film

Heidi Vogels is an artist, filmmaker and organizer based in Amsterdam. In her artistic work, she applies photography, film and other forms of research to create multi-layered stories exploring the interstices of different sets of the visible within the social and cultural context of the local. For several years, she has been developing a film about the space of the garden in the medina of Fez, investigating new lines of research regarding the oases in the Sahel region, Morocco. In response to the shifting domains of visual arts and documentary film, she co-developed Cracking the Frame Presents: a recurrent program of film screenings, talks and events in cinema and art spaces in Amsterdam. Furthermore, she is part of the artistic team working on the development of Bureau Postjesweg, a new art space in Amsterdam New West, and she is an advisor for the international artist-in-residence platform, at DutchCulture. Heidi Vogels obtained her B.F.A at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in 2000 in Amsterdam and developed research-based work in the Netherlands, Berlin, Barcelona, Seoul and Fez. Her work was recently presented at Quartair in The Hague, le18 in Marrakech, and Jut Art Museum in Taiwan.


Jonathan Talbott, B.A.

Interpersonal Communication

 Jonathan Talbott is a communications advisor with a specialty in spoken communication and a background in the performing arts.

“I started out in business with a plan to help presenters eliminate ‘Death by PowerPoint’, but it’s gotten a little out of hand. The presenting work led to coaching TEDx talks. I’ve now assisted in the creation of more than 200 of those. Before I knew it I was helping people and organizations with giving pitches, preparing for panel discussions, focusing their small talk at events, planning negotiation communication, and practicing interviews. I spend a fair amount of time talking about goals, strategy and planning, particularly with regard to emotional connection with audiences. I also work with lots of startups on market validation, which really means asking good questions and carefully listening to the answers.”

Jonathan Talbott is a regular guest lecturer on communications skills at the Delft University of Technology, Utrecht University and Erasmus University.


Zhenia Sveshchinskaya, M.A.

Photography - cross media storytelling, exhibitions and photo books

Zhenia Sveshchinskaya was trained as a photographer and curator. In 2010 she set up Image Matter as a platform for visually driven narratives. She researched, curated and produced exhibitions and worked on multimedia projects on pressing matters, web docs and photobook events and exhibitions. From 2013 – 2017 she headed Unseen Book Market & Dummy Award and its discussion program.

Since 2016 Image Matter has been offering storytelling guidance and copywriting services. Zhenia teaches history and analysis of photography at FOTOfactory school (Amsterdam) and Webster Leiden Campus. 


Michiel Vaanhold, MSc

Documentary filmmaking

Michiel Vaanhold is an Amsterdam based film director and film educator. After graduating as a cultural psychologist at the Radboud University Nijmegen, he continued his studies at the Dutch film academy in Amsterdam. In 2007 he graduated with his film ‘Nowe Pokolenie’. He directed several award winning short films and has a special interest in dance films. By making films and teaching about film he wants to stimulate dialogue and open up new perspectives. 


Anais Lopez, M FA


Anaïs López studied photography at the Royal Academy of Arts in The Hague and AKV/St. Joost in Breda. She combines working as a photographer for various magazines with making her own long-term photo documentaries. Her work has been exhibited all over the world, from the Stedelijk Museum and the Tropenmuseum in Amsterdam to the Gallery Agnès B in Paris and Photoville in New York. Her projects have won and have been nominated for several awards, including the Dutch Doc Award and the Golden Calf. Her work has also appeared in numerous media, including the NRC and the Volkskrant.

Anaïs strongly believes in collaboration and sharing networks, expertise and ideas. For this reason, she took part in founding Docking Station, a new photography platform in Amsterdam, whose aim is to connect, inspire, support and challenge visual storytellers into making great stories and getting those stories across to diverse audiences.


Marga Rotteveel, M.A.


Marga Rotteveel is the co-founder and director of the photography organization Docking Station. She studied photography at AKV/St.Joost in Breda. After graduating, she became involved in the fields of curation, advising and project initiation. She began her career as a curator at Photofestival Naarden and went on to become the creative director in a later edition of the festival.

In 2010, Rotteveel started her own business, Photorevolt, in which she curated and organized shows in the Netherlands and abroad. Rotteveel has lectured in the Bachelor’s and Master’s photography programs at AKV/St.Joost for many years. She strongly believes in collaboration and sharing her network and expertise; her aim is to connect, inspire and support visual storytellers so that they are able to take their work to diverse audiences. For this reason, she founded the new photography organization Docking Station (Amsterdam, NL) with photographer Anais Lopez.


Visual Design, Interactive Media, Visual Art

Alexandra Arshanskaya is a visual thinker, visual artist, performer, visual design professional, and teacher with a background in science and finance. Her professional practice includes painting, drawing, performance, digital art, photography, videography, graphic design, illustrations, and interdisciplinary projects. Besides lecturing in the Media Department at Webster University Leiden, Alexandra gives drawing and painting lessons and offers workshops in various visual techniques. Also, she maintains visualizations and visual coaching during conferences, seminars and business meetings.

Alexandra Arshanskaya obtained a B.A. from the Royal Academy of Art (The Hague, The Netherlands) in 2012 and then went on to study exact sciences at the St-Petersburg State University, Russia, completing her M.S. degree in Mathematical Economics. Since 2006, she has been exhibiting, performing and collaborating on different visual projects in London (UK), Berlin (Germany), St-Petersburg (Russia) and throughout the Netherlands.
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Pablo Lerma, MFA


Pablo Lerma is an image-based artist and researcher living and working between Amsterdam and New York. His artistic practice involves researching, producing and collecting photographs, diverse materials addressing concepts such as representation, time, change, erosion, and extinction. His work takes various forms from photographic installation to publications.

He holds a BFA in Painting and an MFA in Studio Art from the University of Barcelona, a Diploma in General Studies of Photography from the Institut d'Estudis Fotogràfics de Catalunya, Spain, and an MFA in Image & Text from Ithaca College in New York.

His work has been exhibited at The Finnish Museum of Photography (FI), PhotoEspaña (ES), Candela Gallery (US), Houston Center for Photography (US), Flowers Gallery (US), Konstanet (EE), Centro Huarte (ES), New York University (US), Fotoweek D.C. (US), SCAN International Festival of Photography (ES), La Fábrica (ES), and Fundació Foto Colectania (ES) among others.
His books are in collections including the Guggenheim New York (US), San Francisco Museum of Modern Art-SFMoMA (US), Aeromoto (MX), Centro de la Imagen (MX), School of the Art Institute of Chicago (US), Duke University (US), and the International Center of Photography in New York (US), among others.
He has been awarded with the Grand Prize PDN-Curator's Awards, Fundació Guasch-Coranty (ES), Sala d'Art Jove (ES), selected for Plat(t)form 2019 FotoMuseum Winterthur (CH), and nominated for the First Book Award MACK Editions (UK), Critical Mass (US), and PDN 30 ́s (US).

His work has been featured at the British Journal for Photography (UK), Collector Daily (US), Scan Arte (UK), SCOPIO (PT), Ain ́t Bad Magazine (US), New York Foundation for the Arts (US), PDN Online (US), and PhotoInter China (CH).
He is a faculty member at the International Center of Photography in New York and served as a professor in photography at Kean University in New Jersey.
He is the founder of the publishing house Meteoro Editions.