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Qingwen Dong
Department Chair
3601 Pacific Avenue
Stockton, CA 95211

Teresa Bergman, Ph.D.

Teresa BergmanTeaching Background

I have taught at the postsecondary level since 1991, and my course topics range from documentary film history to communication criticism and video production.  At Pacific I am a faculty member in the Communication Department and the interdisciplinary Film Studies Program. I have professional documentary film/video production experience in a variety of formats including digital, video and 16 millimeter. 

My preferred areas of teaching include:

  • History and rhetoric of documentary film
  • Critical/cultural studies
  • Memory studies
  • U.S. popular culture
  • Media criticism
  • Documentary production 


Ph.D.   American Cultural and Film Studies, University of California, Davis 2001

M.A.   Cinema Studies, San Francisco State University 1992 

B.A.   English, University of California, Berkeley 1978


Research Focus

The focus of my research is currently on the use of changing representations of nationalism, patriotism and citizenship in the exhibits and documentary films in public history sites. 

My research incorporates an interdisciplinary methodology that includes rhetoric, documentary film theory, memory studies, and critical/cultural studies. These varied theoretical approaches help to illuminate the intersection of location, memory and documentary film. 

Sample Publications and Presentations


Bergman, T. Exhibiting Patriotism: Creating and Contesting Interpretations of American Historic Sites. Left Coast Press, 2013.

Bergman, T. and Cynthia Smith.  "You Were on Indian Land: Alcatraz Island as Recalcitrant Memory Space" Places of Public Memory: Rhetoric of Museums and Memorials. Eds. Greg Dickinson, Brian Ott, and Carole Blair.  University of Alabama Press, 2010.

Bergman, T.  "The Political Symbolism in the Documentary Chisholm: Unbought & Unbossed."  Gender and Political Communication in America. Ed. Janis Edwards, Rowman, Littlefield/Lexington Books, 2010.

Bergman, T.  "Can Patriotism Be Carved In Stone?: A Critical Analysis of Mt. Rushmore's Orientation Films." Rhetoric and Public Address, Volume 11, No.1, 2008.

Bergman, Teresa.  "Personal Narrative, Dialogism and the Performance of 'Truth' in Complaints of a Dutiful Daughter." Text and Performance Quarterly, Volume 24, No.1, 2004.


Bergman, T. "Bridging Historic Locations and Contemporary Identities" for the 2010 National Communication Conference.      

Bergman, T. "Unbought & Unbossed and Unable to Break Through" for the 2010 Rhetoric and Public Address Conference.

Bergman, T. "How to Remember Rosie: The Politics of Representation and Memory at the Rosie the Riveter Memorial" for the 2009 National Communication Association Conference.
Bergman, T. "Lessons in Symbolism in the Lincoln Memorial's Orientation Film" for the 2008 National Communication Association Conference.

Academic Service/Professional Affiliations

  • National Communication Association (NCA)
  • Western States Communication Association (WSCA)
  • San Francisco Film Society

My academic service for the NCA and the WSCA includes serving as associate editor for the Western Journal of Communication, reviewer for multiple interest groups, and past President for the Media Studies Interest Group of WSCA.

Contact Information

Teresa Bergman, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Communication Department
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Phone: 209.946.7602
Office: Psy/Comm Bldg Rm. 5

University of the Pacific
3601 Pacific Avenue
Stockton, CA 95211