hmal is an Undergraduate Research Fellow in the Department of English/Film Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. in 2015, he was recognized for his stop motion animation research at Ljud- och Bildskolan Kristianstad, where he was awarded the Diploma project of the year at the annual LBS-gala. in 2017, he won First Place in the Upper-Level Division of the UWM Honors College Essay Competition with The Feminine Threat, his study of portrayals of femininity in early period Disney films.
hmal is currently working towards his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film, Video, Animation, and New Genres, with a sub-major in Media Studies and a minor in Film Studies. his primary research interests include The Walt Disney Company, animation, experimental film and video, moving image preservation and technology, and early Scandinavian cinema.
scholarly articles"From Art Gallery to Movie Theatre: Spectatorship in Julian Rosefeldt’s Manifesto." AM Journal of Art and Media Studies. v. 15. 2018. Peer-reviewed.
"The Feminine Threat: Reconsidering the Damsel in Distress in Early Disney Films." Inquiries Journal. v. 9, n. 11. 2017.
interviews"Have We Met Before? An Interview with Cecelia Condit." Vernacular. v. 2. 2018.
conference presentations"The Emergence of Film Studies as an Academic Discipline: A Microhistory of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Film Studies Program." National Conference on Undergraduate Research. University of Central Oklahoma. Edmond, OK. (Apr. 7, 2018)
"Preserving a University’s Film and Video Collections: Best Practices for DIY 16mm Print and Videotape Archives." National Conference on Undergraduate Research. University of Central Oklahoma. Edmond, OK. Poster. (Apr. 5, 2018)