Gema Perez Sanchez / Transnational Conversations in Migration and Queer Studies: Multimedia Storyspaces

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Gema Pérez-Sánchez, current Director of Graduate Studies, holds a Ph.D. (1998) in Romance Studies from Cornell University and Gema Pérez-Sánchez, current Director of Graduate Studies, holds a Ph.D. (1998) in Romance Studies from Cornell University and an MA in English literature from Bucknell University (1992). Her research focuses on contemporary Spanish narrative, cultural studies, immigration studies, and queer theory. She is the author of Queer Transitions in Contemporary Spanish Culture: From Franco to la movida is forthcoming in the Series for Latin American and Iberian Thought and Culture of SUNY Press. Her second book project, “Perilous Straights: Immigration, Sexuality, and Race in Contemporary Spanish Culture” analyzes the resurgence in Spain of xenophobia and racism against recent Sub-Saharan African and Arab immigrants as represented in contemporary films and narrative. Her research on gay and lesbian Spanish films on immigration; Uruguayan writer Cristina Peri Rossi; Spanish writer Ana María Moix; women comic book artists of la movida; laws regulating homosexuality during Franco’s regime; and her book reviews has appeared in University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform; Michigan Journal of Race & Law; Hispamérica; The Arizona Journal of Hispanic Cultural Studies; Letras Femeninas; and several essay collections.

Her teaching interests include: Contemporary Peninsular literature, popular culture, and film; modern Hispanic women writers; comparative literature; and literary theory, women's studies, queer theory, immigration and cultural studies. She has been nominated several times for the University of Miami Teaching Excellence Award and received it in 2005.