Dr. Ohmer is the William T. and Helen Kuhn Carey Associate Professor of Modern Communication in the Department of Film, Television and Theatre. She has been teaching and carrying out research at the University of Notre Dame since 1998 after earning her doctorate in Cinema Studies from New York University. A film historian by training, Dr. Ohmer studies cultural, economic, and political aspects of media industries. She is completing a volume on the Walt Disney studio for the Routledge Hollywood Centenary series.
Dr. Ohmer’s classes often work collaboratively and within interdisciplinary frameworks. During spring 2018 she partnered with library faculty in the University Archives on a seminar to mark the 50th anniversary of the events of 1968. Students worked with primary documents to construct a digital timeline of life at Notre Dame during that era and presented their work to an international conference at the Nanovic Institute. In spring 2019 and 2020 she teamed up with Ph.D. candidate Jacob Coen of the Medieval Institute to develop a new class on Harry Potter, Medievalism, and Transmedia Narratives. The class examined the popular series and its development across multiple media platforms as a paradigm of the nature and function of media texts today.
In spring 2020, Dr. Ohmer was awarded the Rev. Edmund P. Joyce, C.S.C., Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. Dr. Ohmer also serves as the Academic Director of the Notre Dame Debate Program, which won the ACC Debate Championship in 2019 in Washington, D.C.