Juan Photo 2I have a PhD in Film and Media Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where my dissertation examined the mediated and technological construction of narco-trafficking. Starting in fall 2017, I will be assistant professor of transnational media at the University of Texas at Dallas.

I obtained my Hons. BA from the University of Toronto, where I majored in Cinema Studies and Economics, and my MA in Film Studies from Concordia University in Montreal.

My research encompasses the practices and materialities of media distribution, popular cultures of the Mexico-US border, and the precarity of creative labor. Other interests include queer and feminist media studies, science and technology studies, animation, and the politics of social media.

During 2015-2017, I served as the grad student representative for the board of directors of the Society for Cinema and Media Studies, as an editorial assistant for Mexican Studies/Estudios Mexicanos, and as part of the editorial collective for the Media Fields Journal. Previously, I worked as a research assistant for the Carsey-Wolf Center, where I participated in the Media Industries Project and the Environmental Media Initiative.

I’m an regular book reader, occasional writer, Converse aficionado, and perpetual cheese lover.