Briana Martino

Associate Professor and Department Chair
  • Communications
Briana Martino


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  • B.S., Clinical Psychology, Tufts University, summa cum laude
  • B.A. Certificate, Integrated Media, Simmons University
  • M.A., Cultural Studies, Stony Brook University
  • M.A. Certificate, Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Stony Brook University
  • Ph.D., Cultural Studies, Stony Brook University

About Me

Assistant Professor Briana Martino has worn many hats at Simmons since they first started here in 2000, serving the Department of Communications as Administrative Assistant, Assistant Lab Manager, Manager of Multimedia Labs and Classrooms, and now Faculty. They teach courses across Ifill College in Communications, Women’s and Gender Studies, Children’s Literature, and Cinema and Media Studies. Dr. Martino is an alum of the Communications Department's Integrated Media track, where they held an internship as Production Assistant on the PBS documentary Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North. Prior to Simmons, they completed a B.S. in Clinical Psychology with emphases in Neuroscience and Literature at Tufts University and held a Stanley Fellowship at Harvard Medical School. They earned their doctoral degree in Cultural Studies from the Graduate Program in Cultural Analysis and Theory at Stony Brook University in 2017, with qualifying exams in feminist cultural studies, post-war psychiatric practice, documenting mental illness, and institutional analysis via Félix Guattari’s concept/practice of transversality. Their doctoral dissertation, The Living Inside: Listening to Madness with Félix Guattari, mapped the politico-therapeutics of mad organizing.

What I Teach

  • COMM 121 Visual Communications
  • COMM 344 Storytelling
  • COMM 390 Studio 5
  • BOS 101 Social Movements and the University
  • ENG 195 Art of Film
  • ENG 221 Critical Lens: Intro to Film and Media Theory
  • WGST 111 Intro to LGBTQ Studies
  • WGST 353 Mad/ness
  • CHL 428 The Graphic Novel

Research/Creative Activities

Graphic Medicine; Mad Studies; Visual Cultural Studies; Queer Feminist Science and Disability Studies