My primary research areas of interest are Mexican and Latina/o documentary films that focus on gender and sexuality, and questions of nation, modernity and the transnational. More specifically, my work analyses filmic representations of disability in Mexico from the 21st century in order to illustrate the variety of functions that “disability” has played in rendering illnesses on screen. In my courses we work against the common assumption that disability serves primarily as a metaphor for political crisis or social decline, engaging with literary and filmic texts from both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border in which disability functions to extend knowledge of what it means to belong to a political community. I teach my students of the pedagogical function of disability in film, as a productive tolerance for negative affects that dwell in the sensorium.
Assistant Professor of Spanish and Hispanic Studies
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