Kathleen Newman, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Professor Newman’s research and teaching focuses on Latin American, Chicano, and Spanish cinemas as well as on theoretical questions regarding the relation between fictional narrative and politics and the relation between cinema and globalization.

Areas of Specialization:
(1) Latin American, Chicano, and Spanish Film

(2) Latin American Studies [Literature, History, and Mass Culture]

(3) Film Theory, Literary Theory, Interdisciplinary Social Theory

(4) Cinema and Globalization, International Film History, Transnational Film Theory


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Co-edited Book: With Natasa Durovicova.  World Cinemas, Transnational Perspectives, AFI Film Reader (American Film Institute). New York and London: Routledge, 2009.  The SCMS 2011 Best Edited Collection Award.

Co-edited Book: With Mary Louise Pratt, Critical Passions: Selected Essays by Jean Franco.  London: Duke University Press, 1999.

Book: La violencia del discurso: el estado autoritario y la novela política argentina.  Trans. Beba Eguía.  Buenos Aires, Argentina: Editorial Catálogos, 1992.  [Copyright: 1991].

Co-Authored Book: Seminar on Feminism and Culture in Latin America.  Women, Culture and Politics in Latin America. Berkeley, Los Angeles and Oxford: University of California Press, 1990.

The University of Iowa:

Fulbright Faculty Mentor, International Programs, Spring 2015-the present

Obermann Center Working Group: "Contemporary Literary and Film Theory" [Director], 2012-2024

Obermann Center Working Group: "Circulating Culture" [Member], 2011-2024

Professional Organizations: Society for Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS), Latin American Studies Association (LASA), Modern Language Association (MLA)

Kathleen Newman
Contact Information

414 Phillips Hall (PH)
Iowa City, IA 52242
United States