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Teaching Assistant Professor

2017, Ph.D. Comparative Studies in Literature and Culture (Comparative Media and Culture), University of Southern California

2015, M.A. Comparative Studies in Literature and Culture (Comparative Media and Culture), University of Southern California

2004, M.F.A. Cinema-Television, University of Southern California

1999, A.B. Comparative Literature and Latin American Studies, Princeton University


Guillermo Rodríguez-Romaguera has a Ph.D. in Comparative Studies in Literature and Culture and an M.F.A. in Film and Television Production from the University of Southern California as well as an A.B. in Comparative Literature from Princeton University. His research focuses on theorizing horror film spectatorship as a self-reflexive act of political resistance in modern and contemporary culture through an interdisciplinary imbrication of literary theory, political philosophy, film theory, critical race theory, queer theory, neuroscience and surrealist aesthetics. His first monograph titled Mirrors to the Unconscious: Spanish Meta-Art and Contemporary Cinema argues that the screen has the power to conjure up thoughts within the viewer otherwise repressed in their socio-cultural environment, especially when living in politically oppressed or culturally repressed societies. It develops this argument by examining films from Spain, Poland, France, Canada, Argentina, Cuba and the United States in relation to the pivotal early modern Spanish masterworks of Miguel de Cervantes and Diego Velázquez in literature and painting as well as Luis Buñuel and Salvador Dalí’s surrealist aesthetics. It explores the legacy of Spanish self-reflexivity to contemporary cinema not only in Spain’s transition from dictatorship to democracy, in Argentina’s post-dictatorial blindness to state terror, in exiled Polish filmmakers working in France and in Cuba’s subversive repurposing of Hollywood films, but also in the advent of 3-D cinema, the postmodern turn of the American horror genre and the logic of video games and virtual reality in genre films. He has published articles on Spanish and American cinema in several peer-reviewed journals including Bulletin of Spanish Visual Studies and Studies in European Cinema.

Guillermo is also a film director, screenwriter and editor. He wrote, produced and directed an emotional thriller entitled The Shadows (2007) and produced and edited the feature film Sweet Thing (2008), a coming-of-age tale of two young women set in urban Seattle. He has worked as an editor for DirecTV, NBC and CBS as well as editing numerous feature films, documentaries and TV series such as The History Channel’s Gangland.

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  • Mirrors to the Unconscious: Spanish Meta-Art and Contemporary Cinema (under advance contract at Wayne State University Press)
  • “Hermetic Space as Abstraction of the Mechanisms of Censorship: Symptomatic ‘Archive Fever’ in Carlos Saura’s La madriguera.” Bulletin of Spanish Visual Studies 2.1 (2018), pp. 1-16.
  • “The Quixotic in Horror: Self-Generating Narrative and Its Self-Critical Sequel in Wes Craven’s Self-Reflexive Horror Cinema.” Cervantes: Bulletin of the Cervantes Society of America 37.2 (2017), pp. 143-168.
  • “‘Y te sacarán los ojos’: The Defiance of Reconstituted Sight in Dictatorship and Post-Dictatorship Spanish Cinema.” Studies in European Cinema 13.2 (2016), pp. 119-133.
  • “Luis Buñuel (1900-1983)” (article for retrospective Objects of Desire: The Films of Luis Buñuel sponsored by the Embassy of Spain), 2016 Fall/Winter Spanish Cultural Program US & Canada, Spain arts & culture, Washington DC.


  • 2019                Faculty Development Grant for Online Courses (UNC Chapel Hill)
  • 2018                Summer Research Travel Grant (Buenos Aires)
  • 2018                Digital Literacy Project Funding (UNC Chapel Hill)
  • 2016-2017      USC Graduate School Endowed Fellowship
  • 2016                Del Amo Foundation Summer Research Award (Madrid and Barcelona)
  • 2015-2016      USC Dornsife College Graduate Merit Award
  • 2015                CSLC Summer Award
  • 2014                Del Amo Foundation Summer Research Award (Madrid and Barcelona)
  • 2014                CSLC Summer Award
  • 2013-2014      Del Amo Foundation Endowed Fellowship
  • 2012                Frederick and Dorothy Quimby Memorial Fellowship
  • 2003               Outstanding Student Filmmaker Grant, The Caucus Foundation for Producers, Writers and Directors
  • 2002-2003    The Rodolfo Montes Memorial Scholarship
  • 2001-2003     Harold C. Lloyd Foundation Scholarship
  • 1998                Princeton Atelier with Toni Morrison and Gabriel García Márquez
  • 1995-1997      Princeton University Scholarships

Courses Taught:

  • CMPL 254 – Horror and the Global Gothic: Film, Literature, Theory
  • ENGL 164 – Introduction to Latina/o Studies
  • CMPL 262 – Film and Politics
  • ENGL 148 – Horror
  • ENGL 143 – Film and Culture
  • ENGL 105 – Introduction to Composition and Rhetoric

Curriculum Vitae / Resume