Mónica García Blizzard
Department of Spanish and Portuguese
Office: N513 Callaway Center
Mónica García Blizzard received a B.A. in Romance Languages and Literatures with minors in Anthropology and European Studies from the University of Notre Dame, where she also completed an M.A. in Italian studies. She holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in Latin American Literatures and Cultures from The Ohio State University. Prior to joining the faculty at Emory in the fall of 2018, she was Visiting Assistant Professor at Kenyon College.
Dr. García Blizzard’s research interests lie at the intersection of Latin American Cultural Studies and Film Studies. Her primary scholarly focus is race and national identity in Mexican cinema. Her dissertation received the 2017 LASA Mexico Section Award for best dissertation. She has written articles and reviews published in Alternativas: Latin American Cultural Studies Journal, Vivomatografías: Revista de estudios sobre precine y cine silente en América Latinoamérica, Studies in Spanish and Latin American Cinemas, and Latin American and Caribbean Ethnic Studies. She has forthcoming publications in Revista Canadiense de Estudios Hispánicos and Estudios Mexicanos/Mexican Studies.
Her current book project is titled, The White Indians of Mexican Cinema: Racial Masquerade throughout the Golden Age, (SUNY Press, spring 2022). It argues that the filmic representation of indigeneity through white Mexican bodies during the mid-twentieth century reveals the unresolved tensions between competing racial ideologies and proposals for national identity.
Mónica was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico to Mexican parents from Mexico City and Guanajuato, and was raised primarily in Texas. Her transnational, transcultural, and multilingual life experience has shaped her hemispheric perspective, as well as her focus on nationalisms, racial formations, and marginality.