Maria San Filippo (Ph.D., Cinema and Media Studies, UCLA) is an associate professor in the Department of Visual and Media Arts at Emerson College, a 2021-22 Fulbright U.S. Scholar, and current Editor-in-Chief of New Review of Film & Television Studies. She authored the Lambda Literary Award-winning The B Word: Bisexuality in Contemporary Film and Television (2013) and Provocauteurs and Provocations: Screening Sex in 21st Century Media (2021), both published by Indiana University Press, and edited the collection After ‘Happily Ever After’: Romantic Comedy in the Post-Romantic Age (Wayne State University Press, 2021). Her latest book, a Queer Film Classics volume on Desiree Akhavan’s Appropriate Behavior (2014), will be published by McGill-Queen’s University Press in November 2022. 

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Associate Professor, Visual and Media Arts, Emerson College, 2020-
Fulbright U.S. Scholar, Department of American Studies, University of Innsbruck, Austria, 2021-22 Assistant/Associate Professor, Communication and Media Studies, Goucher College, 2016-20
Assistant Professor/Director, Film & Media Studies, University of the Arts, 2014-15
Visiting Assistant Professor, Gender Studies, Indiana University, Bloomington, 2013-14
Research Associate, Feminist Approaches to New Media, Five College Women’s Studies Research Center, 2012-13
Lecturer, Studies of Women, Gender, & Sexuality, Harvard University, 2010-13
Lecturer, American Studies / Cinema & Media Studies / English / Writing, Wellesley College, 2004, 2010-13
Lecturer, Foreign Languages & Literatures, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2012
Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow, Cinema and Media Studies, Wellesley College, 2008-10
Lecturer, Film & Television / LGBT Studies, UCLA, 2007-8


Ph.D., Cinema and Media Studies, UCLA (2007)
(Dissertation) Having It Both Ways: Bisexualities, Bi-textualities, and Crossover Cinema
Director: Janet Bergstrom | Committee: Denise Mann, Kathleen McHugh, James Schultz
M.A., Cinema Studies, New York University (2001)
B.A., cum laude, Film Studies and Political Science, Wellesley College (1998)
Non-degree, Government, The London School of Economics (1996-7)


U.S. Fulbright Scholarship, Dept. of American Studies, U. of Innsbruck, Austria (2021-22)
Margaret Storrs Grierson Fellowship, Smith College Special Collections (2020-21)
Tourneés Film Festival Grant (2019-20)
Scholarship in Sight & Sound Workshop, Middlebury College (2018)
Goucher College Faculty Development Grants (2016-20)
Best Essay in an Edited Collection Award, Society for Cinema and Media Studies (2016)
Faculty Development Grant, University of the Arts (2015)
Mary Elvira Stevens Traveling Fellowship, Wellesley College (2014-15)
Harvard University Bok Center Certificates of Teaching Excellence (2010-12)
Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship, Cinema & Media Studies, Wellesley College (2008-10)
UCLA Film & Television Archive Research Grant (2007)
UCLA Collegium of University Teaching Fellowship (2007)
UCLA Graduate Division Dissertation Year Fellowship (2006-07)
Plitt Southern Theater Employees Trust Fellowship (2005)
Wellesley College Alumnae Fellowship for Graduate Study (2005-06)
Otis Ferguson Memorial Award in Critical Writing (2003)
UCLA Graduate Division Summer Research Mentorship (2003)
NYU Cinema Studies Department Master’s Fellowship (2000)


Screening sexualities; feminist and queer screen media and theory; art cinema and independent film; women’s and queer authorship; contemporary film and television; screen genres; film festivals and exhibition; auteur/star studies; Francophone cinema; women and 1960s-70s Hollywood.


U.S. and international cinema; U.S. television; film and media criticism and theory; women’s and queer media; film genres; documentary; visual culture.

Banner image: Edward Hopper, New York Movie, 1939