Amy Gilley, PhD.

Director of General Education and Associate Professor of Visual

  • PhD, Architecture Design and Research, Virginia Polytechncial and State University
  • PhD, Dramatic Arts, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • MA, Dramatic Arts, Design specialization, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • BA, English, University of Baltimore

Teaching Specialties
  • Architecture and Landscape Architecture Theory
  • Non-Western Theatre and film
  • Film history and production
  • Theater design

Research Interests
  • Design Education
  • Native American literature and film
  • Visual representation theory


Before arriving at Arkansas State University- Queretaro, Gilley was the Technical Director of Theatre at Fort Lewis College, where she taught design and theater history, in addition to designing sets and lights for a variety of plays. Prior to her appointment at Fort Lewis College, she served as Dean of Arts and Humanities at Ocean County College. At Ocean County College, she continued her teaching and professional work by teaching courses in film history and English, as well as directing Samuel Beckett’s “Not I.’ As Associate Professor of film studies and theater at Northern Virginia Community College, she taught film production and history, while directing the theater and film program on her campus.

She has written, published, and presented both internationally and nationally on topics from cyber punk to the digital humanities to architecture theory and history. In addition, she has published creative work, and written and produced original plays and films.

In 2013-14, she was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina, where she taught American Studies and conducted research on the Mostar landscape. Her interest in American culture began while teaching American literature and culture at Concordia International University- Estonia from 1996-99. A recent NEH grant allowed her to study Native American ethnohistory, which is her current research focus.
Contact Information
Tel. 01419 6893054