Who We Are


Melanie Hibbert

Director, Media Center & IMATS

I'm the Director for the Media Center and IMATS, where media serves the teaching, learning, and scholarship goals for the Barnard community. The Media Center is a place for experimentation, research, and original content creation, and I facilitate staffing, projects, workshops, and events.

I have a doctorate in education from Columbia University, and have worked extensively around education, media, and learning from technology.  Past experiences include working as a Senior Media Producer at Columbia University, and teaching high school for two years in a rural Alaska Athabaskan Native village only accessibly by airplane.  My video work has screened at places including the Harlem International Film Festival and the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, and I've published in Educause Review, the Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, the Journal of Online Interactive Learning, and authored book chapters related to after-school video production, social presence in online environments, and 360/VR media.

Please reach me at mhibbert@barnard.edu, especially in relation to curriculum development, research projects, media projects, new equipment, or to grab a cup of coffee and talk about all things media.


Rachel James

Media & Instructional Specialist

I oversee operations, as well as consult for and collaborate with faculty, staff, and students on creative projects. I program events and workshops for the growing center roster, and teach practical and creative media techniques.

I received my MFA in Screenwriting from Columbia and a BFA in Film/Video from California Institute of the Arts. I produce a podcast called Positively Gotham Gal and am currently in development for two feature films. More about me at rjamesfilms.com

Contact me at rjames@barnard.edu or stop by my office Milstein 221 if you want to discuss creative ideas, center programming, or if you just want to nerd out about cinema and feminism.


Karl-Mary Akre

Senior Administrative Assistant, IMATS

I primarily manage the IMATS Equipment Room, help coordinate our various events and workshops, and administratively support our department and its needs.

I am a Barnard College ’16 alumna with a BA in English with a Film Concentration and a minor in Political Science. Alongside my work at IMATS, I pursue my passion for media through freelance videography, screenwriting, and avid filmgoing in my spare time.

Please e-mail me at kmakre@barnard.edu to learn how the IMATS Equipment Room can best support your production needs, including personal tutorial sessions on production equipment, editing software, and more!


Ruby Mastrodimos

Post-Baccalaureate Fellow, Media Center and Movement Lab

I assist in the management of both the Media Center and the Movement Lab, in addition to programming events and workshops for students.

I graduated from Barnard in 2018 with a BA in Film Studies. During my undergraduate studies, I also studied at the Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. More information about me and my work can be found at rmastrodimos.com.

Please feel free to email me at rmastrod@barnard.edu, especially for questions about editing, filmmaking, and what you can do with the Media Center!