Josh Harris

Media Librarian

Learning Programs and Initiatives · Learning and Teaching
File photo of Josh Harris ca. 2022






Mailing address

2178 Shapiro Library

Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1185

About me

I support students, staff, and faculty by finding films, television shows, documentaries, and videos (physical and streaming) to aid in their research and personal enrichment. I find and order new titles to add to the University of Michigan's Askwith Media Library. I maintain and add to the library's streaming services (Kanopy, Swank, Alexander Street, and more). 

My personal research interests include: nonfiction storytelling, the ethics of documentary film, motion picture preservation in both digital and physical formats, "so bad they're good" movies (e.g. The Room, Troll 2, Birdemic: Shock and Terror), and the history of film, with a focus on film movements including Soviet Montage, Direct Cinema, French New Wave, and New Hollywood. 

I earned an MFA in documentary filmmaking from Wake Forest University, a BA in motion pictures studies from Western Carolina University, and an AAS in film and video production from Piedmont Community College.