About: Kristen Palana

Kristen Palana

University Students Taught Since 2000

Online Students Taught Since 2014

Dollars Raised Online For Good Causes

Life Purpose


Who I Am

I am an American/Portuguese multimedia artist recently based in Rome, Italy where I served as Associate Professor of Digital Media and the Director of the Film and Digital Media Program at The American University of Rome since 2006. In July of 2016 I moved to Yangon, Myanmar where I am now currently an Associate Professor of Digital Media at American University of Myanmar.

My work has been exhibited internationally and online and has won a number of awards. I have taught undergraduate and graduate college students since 2000, as well as offered art and multimedia courses in North America, Europe, Asia, and Africa. I have also taught in the United States in the Art Department at William Paterson University (Wayne, NJ.) as well as in the Digital Arts Department at Pratt Institute (Brooklyn, NY.). Besides teaching tens of thousands of online students at Udemy and other platforms, I’m also a Course Facilitator for the UN-mandated University for Peace (Costa Rica) through their Centre For Executive Education.


What I Do

I work on animation, video, graphic design, illustration, web and interactive projects independently, as well as for clients and non-profit organizations. The vast majority of the work that I do is to promote positive social change. Some of my most recent works have dealt with poverty reduction, child welfare issues, education, animal rights, respect for the elderly and ending world hunger. My number one interest is helping people in developing countries overcome poverty and lack of opportunities. I use multimedia projects and tools to help raise awareness and continuously attempt to foster a sense of social responsibility in my students by having them partake in real-world multimedia projects for non-profit organizations whenever possible.



  • M.F.A., Computer Graphics and Interactive Media, Pratt Institute (Brooklyn, NY)
  • B.F.A., Painting, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, (Boston, MA)
  • Diploma in Social Innovation. UPEACE Centre for Executive Education


View Artist’s Statement (PDF)
View Awards and Exhibitions List (PDF)
View Teaching Philosophy (PDF)


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