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  • Media and Communication Studies
  • School

  • School of Arts and Sciences
  • Expertise

  • Documentary Film
  • Writing for the Screen
  • Film & TV History
  • Multimedia Production
  • Strategic Communications
  • Languages

  • English, Spanish
  • Glenn Østen Anderson MSt, MFA is an Associate Professor of Media and Communication Studies specializing in documentary film, writing for the screen and multimedia production. He also serves as the advisor to the Certificate in Video Production and Digital Storytelling.

    Before coming to The Catholic University of America, Glenn was an Assistant Professor of Media and Communications at Shenandoah University in Winchester, Virginia. During his time at Shenandoah he co-produced the Netflix and Amazon-released romantic comedy film Santa Girl (Dir. Blayne Weaver) that was shot on campus. Glenn has also taught as an adjunct at the School of Media Arts and Design at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. 

    Before starting his academic career, Glenn served as Senior Producer for Social News and Streaming Video at BBC News. While at the BBC, Glenn was one of the founding editors and programmers behind the launch of BBC News on YouTube. During the 2012 presidential election, Glenn led social media reporting for all four debates and both political conventions. Glenn also wrote, directed and produced the award-winning BBC World News documentary film, To Remember. 

    Over his twenty plus year career in media production, his work has been featured by broadcasters, publications and organizations including, CBS College Sports (CSTV), The Guardian (UK), Runner's World (Rodale Press), HBO Real Sports, Fox Sports Net, YES Network, WNET (PBS), WLIW (PBS), US Department of Energy, US Department of State and in branded content projects for Strategic Education, Motown-Universal, Nike  and New Balance.

    Glenn’s 2021 documentary film, Coogan’s Way, had a red carpet premiere at The Harlem International Film Festival and was later featured in more than a dozen national and international film festivals. Coogan’s Way was later broadcast on multiple PBS affiliates and earned a NATAS-NY Emmy nomination for Best Topical Documentary and a BEA (Broadcast Education Association) Festival of Media Arts Faculty Award of Excellence. He also appeared in and contributed research to the St Martin’s Press non-fiction book Last Call at Coogan’s by Jon Michaud. 

     In 2023 Glenn partnered with Dr. Jennifer Davis in the Catholic University History Department to create MedievalDC, a Humanities DC (National Endowment for the Humanities) funded project that uses short-form streaming video to explore medieval artifacts, art and architecture found in our city. 

    Glenn is an Emmy-voting member of the National Academy of Television Arts and Science - National Capital Chesapeake Chapter. 

    Glenn is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania (BA in Spanish), University of Oxford (MSt in European Literature - Cinema Studies and Spanish)  and New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts (MFA in Film and Television Production, Directing). 

    Glenn is currently developing a new documentary short film about college athlete mental health and writing a feature film script about underground scavenger hunts.