Loyola University Chicago

School of Communication

Faculty & Staff Directory

Elizabeth Coffman, PhD

Title/s:  Associate Professor

Office #:  School of Communication 219

Phone: 312.915.6716



Elizabeth Coffman is an active documentary filmmaker and film scholar. She has just finished “Flannery,” the NEH-supported film on Georgia writer Flannery O’Connor with O’Connor scholar Mark Bosco, S.J. She has worked at Loyola University Chicago since 2004, serving first as department chair for Communication and as the director of the International Film and Media Studies Program from 2008-2012.

In the field of cinema studies Dr. Coffman has published on the history of early avant-garde cinema and body movement, as well as contemporary video practices surrounding violence and new media. Most ‌ recently, she published "Documentary and Collaboration: Placing the Camera in the Community" for the Journal of Film and Video. She writes a bi-monthly column, "Long Distance Mom" for the blog "Mama, ‌ Phd" with Inside Higher Ed.


PhD in English (Cinema Studies), University of Florida, 1995

MA in English, University of Florida, 1990

BA in English and Political Science, Duke University, 1987

Program Areas

2004-2008 Department chair for Communication

2004 Helped found Center for Global Media and Documentary Studies

2008-2012 Program Director of the International Film and Media Studies Program

Research Interests

Dr. Coffman has co-produced documentaries and short films that have broadcast internationally and exhibited in galleries and museums. In 2002 she co-produced "One More Mile: A Dialogue on Nation Building," a documentary covering the complex, post-war political situation in Bosnia. Coffman co produced "Veins in the Gulf," a documentary based in southern Louisiana on the disappearance of Cajun culture, the wetlands and the impact of disasters such as Katrina and the BP oil spill. She is a writer, director, editor and producer for the feature documentary, “Flannery." She and partner Ted Hardin own Long Distance Productions and are finishing several historic and environmental projects set in Venice, Italy around the Jewish ghetto and Shakespeare.

Professional & Community Affiliations

Outside of Loyola, Dr. Coffman serves as a trustee for the University Film and Video Foundation and on numerous advisory boards for cinema and documentary groups.

Courses Taught

Intro to Cinema, Film Genre