Laura Kissel is Professor of Media Arts in the School of Visual Art and Design at the University of South Carolina where she teaches courses in media culture, video production and documentary filmmaking. Her Emmy nominated documentary about a global, cotton supply chain—Cotton Road (2014)—has been translated into four languages and exhibited around the world in film and video festivals, at community events on sustainability, and in classrooms. It was included in SCETV’s inaugural season of the nationally syndicated public television show Reel South and broadcast on more than 75 national public television stations, including in the major markets of New York and Chicago. She was an Invited Featured Artist at the Robert Flaherty Film Seminar in 2011 and a Fulbright Research Fellow in 2009. Laura is a long-time resident of North Columbia and a board member of the Columbia Rowing Club.