Priscilla Peña Ovalle

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  • Title: Associate Professor
  • Additional Title: Associate Director, Cinema Studies
  • Phone: 541-346-0060
  • Office: 201B McKenzie Hall
  • Office Hours: By Appointment
  • Departments: Cinema Studies Program, Comics and Cartoon Studies, IRES
  • Affiliated Departments: Cinema Studies Program, Comics and Cartoon Studies, English, IRES
  • Interests: Media Studies, Race/Ethnicity, Dance, Mainstream Popular Culture, Media Hairstyles
  • Curriculum Vitae


Dance and the Hollywood Latina: Race, Sex, and Stardom. New Brunswick, N.J.: Rutgers University Press, 2011. | "Synesthetic Sabor: Translation and Popular Knowledge in 'American Sabor' (Exhibit Review)." American Quarterly 61.4 (2009): 979-996. | "Urban Sensualidad: Jennifer Lopez, Flashdance and the MTV Hip-Hop Re-Generation." Women & Performance: A Journal of Feminist Theory 18.3 (2008): 253-268. | "Framing Jennifer Lopez: Mobilizing Race from the Wide Shot to the Close-Up."  The Persistence of Whiteness: Race and Contemporary Hollywood Cinema. Ed. Daniel Bernardi. London & New York: Routledge, 2007. 215-44. | "Pocho.Com: Re-Imaging Television on the Internet." Television after TV: Essays on a Medium in Transition. Eds. Lynn Spigel and Jan Olsson. Durham: Duke University Press, 2004. 324-41.


My interests include film and media studies--particularly the representation of race, dance and sexuality in film, archival research and media production.