Laura Kissel is an American educator and documentary filmmaker based in Columbia, South Carolina. She attended Manhattan High School in Manhattan, Kansas, received her B.S. in cinema and photography from Ithaca College, and earned an M.F.A. in radio-TV from Northwestern University. Over the course of her career, Kissel received numerous awards and fellowships, including a Fulbright Award, a MacDowell Fellowship, the South Carolina Arts Commission Media Arts Fellowship, a Distinguished Research Service Award from the University of South Carolina, and funding from the South Carolina Humanities Council and the Fledgling Fund. She is currently a professor of media arts and film and media studies at the University of South Carolina, where she also serves as the Director of the School of Visual Art and Design.