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  • M.A., Regent University
  • B.S., Evangel College
  • PhD Fielding University


“Media is not something we consume, it is something we interpret.” Lisa's work and life experience straddle both media production and media criticism as well as faith and psychology. She worked in the entertainment industry, PGA member, for 15 years as a production supervisor on major films, then shifted to academia. Her research examines the use of media in shaping identity, imagination, and the negotiation of bias and difference through media expression. PhD Fielding, MA Regent, BS Evangel

Before coming to Biola, Lisa Swain worked in the entertainment industry for over fifteen years as a production supervisor on film projects ranging in budget from $15 million to $150 million. Her credits include the commercially successful movies Big Fish, Anger Management, America’s Sweethearts, Face-Off, Varsity Blues and Mars Attacks, among others. She has worked with such notable producers as Richard Zanuck, Barrie Osborne, Bruce Cohen and David Permut, and directors Tim Burton and Gore Verbinsky. Lisa has also worked in dramatic television as the production coordinator on Amblin Entertainment’s SeaQuest and in the sitcom world on the Family Channel’s Big Brother Jake.

Lisa is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in media psychology at Fielding University. She is an active member in the Producers Guild of America, the University Film and Video Association and the Society for Cinema and Media Studies. Her classes include production management and media literacy.


  • Producers Guild of America
  • IATSE, Local Chapter 871
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