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Teaching Assistant Professor

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

2015, M.A. Comparative Studies in Literature 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 is an academic scholar and filmmaker from Puerto Rico. He 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 and Latin American Studies from Princeton University.

While his love for writing has been lifelong, he cultivated his talents at Princeton while workshopping a novel under the mentorship of Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Toni Morrison. He continued to develop an impressive academic resume, but his passion for storytelling, specifically exploring the horror genre and representing marginalized voices, compelled him to become a filmmaker. His queer thriller The Shadows premiered at Los Angeles’s Outfest LGBTQ Film Festival and was immediately purchased for distribution. He has edited a multitude of television shows and films including Where the Road Meets the Sun, the documentary Born and Bred as well as edited/produced the indie coming of age feature Sweet Thing, which debuted at the Seattle International Film Festival.

He is the author of Mirrors to the Unconscious: Spanish Meta-Art and Contemporary Cinema, currently under review at Bloomsbury, and his work has been published in Studies in European Cinema, Cervantes: Bulletin of the Cervantes Society of America and the Bulletin of Spanish Visual Studies. His current academic project The Fluid Gaze of Latinx Spectatorship: Transgender and Interracial Visual Pleasure in the Horror Film re-thinks the horror genre as the site of a complex intermingling of gender and racial identities for its Latinx audience. He is also currently in preproduction for the genre bending horror film Baby.

To read more, visit my website


  • Mirrors to the Unconscious: Spanish Meta-Art and Contemporary Cinema (under review)
  • “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.


  • 2020               Foundation of Hope for Research & Treatment of Mental Illness Advanced Grant
  • 2020               Fall 2020 Online Course Design Support Grant (UNC Chapel Hill)
  • 2020               Remote Instruction TA Program (UNC Chapel Hill) [Stipend for Teaching Assistant]
  • 2019                Faculty Development Grant for Online Courses (UNC Chapel Hill)
  • 2019                CFE/Lenovo Instructional Innovations Grant – Gaming Pedagogy
  • 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:

  • ENGL 257 – Video Games and Narrative Cinema
  • ENGL 256 – Crafting the Dramatic Latinx Film: Theory Meets Practice
  • ENGL 164 – Introduction to Latina/o Studies
  • ENGL 148 – Horror
  • ENGL 143 – Film and Culture
  • ENGL 105 – English Composition and Rhetoric
  • CMPL 254 – Horror and the Global Gothic: Film, Literature, Theory
  • CMPL 262 – Film and Politics
  • CMPL 55 – Comics as Literature

Curriculum Vitae / Resume