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Giancarlo Cornejo

Assistant Professor of Cinema and Media Studies
Research areas: Queer Theory, Transgender Media, Latin American Cinema

Affiliated Divisions:

Division of Cinema & Media Studies


Giancarlo Cornejo is Assistant Professor in the Division of Cinema and Media Studies at the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts. He holds a Ph.D. in Rhetoric with a Designated Emphasis in Women, Gender and Sexuality from the University of California, Berkeley. His undergraduate studies were completed at Pontifical Catholic University of Peru where he earned his B. A. in Sociology. Prior to joining USC in 2020, he was University of California President’s Postdoctoral Scholar in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at UC Davis. His essays have appeared in journals such as Camera Obscura: Feminism, Culture, and Media StudiesGLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay StudiesJournal of Homosexuality, TSQ: Transgender Studies QuarterlyEstudos Feministas, Lectora: Revista de dones i textualitat, Nomadías and Revista de Estudios Sociales. His book manuscript, tentatively titled Travesti Memory and Politics: Toward a Peruvian Transgender Imaginary, proposes travestismo as a critical tool to read the unstable and contested production of gender, sexuality, and race in contemporary Latin America.