TVF Faculty

Kristiina Hackel
Professor; Director of the MFA Program in Television, Film and Theatre; M.F.A., University of Southern California, Ph.D. University of Southern California


Dr. Kristiina Hackel, MFA, is the Director of the Master of Fine Arts Program in Television, Film and Theatre, Associate Chair of the Department of Television, Film, and Media Studies, and a Professor in the Department of Television, Film, and Media Studies at California State University, Los Angeles.  An award-winning writer and director, she is a graduate of the USC School of Cinematic Arts (MFA, Production). Her short film Rest Stop played at over 25 national and international film festivals including Palm Springs, BBC, and Cinequest. Her webseries, Speedie Date, was nominated for a 2009 Webby Award in the Best Dramatic Series category and was also Webby honored as a Best Dramatic Episode.  Kristiina Hackel is also a graduate of USC Department of Comparative Literature (PhD, Dissertation: “Photogénie in French Silent Cinema”) She is an ongoing contributor to Intellect Press’ World Film Location series including the Paris, Las Vegas, Marseilles, Prague, and Boston volumes.  She has a written a chapter on women screenwriters of the 1940s that will appear in Routledge’s forthcoming Women Screenwriters--An International Guide. She is currently working on book proposals solicited by Routledge (on screenwriting), Focus Press (on reality television), and Michael Wiese Press (on screenwriting).   A 2012 Fellow for the Academy Television Arts & Sciences Foundation Faculty Seminar, her television script, an spec episode of The Big Bang Theory titled “The Promenade Differentiation,” was a semi-finalist in the 2013 UCLA Screenwriting and Television Writing Competition.  A member of the Broadcast Education Association and the University Film and Video Association, she presents papers annually at both conferences.