Kathleen M Vernon

Associate Professor and Chair
Frank Melville, Jr. Memorial Library N3022, (631) 632-9668

Kathleen Vernon’s teaching and research focus on contemporary Spanish and Latin American cinema, literature and popular culture. She is the author of numerous studies on Hispanic cinema from the 1930s to the present, with special focus on musical and historical film, melodrama and stardom, documentary and women’s cinema and is co-editor of the first English language journal devoted to Spanish and Latin American film, Studies in Hispanic Cinemas. Her work in progress includes participation in two collective international research projects, An Oral History of Cinema-Going in 1940s and 50s Spain, and Film, Fashion and Photography in 1940s and 50s Spain. She is also working on a series of studies devoted to the role of sound and voice in Spanish-language cinema. Currently Chair of Hispanic Languages & Literature, she is also an affiliate of Women’s and Gender Studies, the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Center and the Department of Cultural Analysis and Theory.

Recent courses taught:

  • SPN 612 Mexican Cinema
  • SPN 532 Hispanic Crime Fiction
  • SPN 510 Contemporary Spanish Culture and Society
  • HUS 254 Latin America Today

Selected recent publications:

  • “Women, Fashion and the Spanish Civil War: From the Fashion Parade to the Victory Parade,” The “New Woman:  International Representations in Photography and Film from the 1870s through the 1960s. Eds. Elizabeth Otto and Vanessa Rocco. Ann Arbor: The University of Michigan Press, 2011, 273-290.
  • “Soundtrack,” A Companion to Spanish Cinema. Eds. Tatjana Pavlovic and Jo Labanyi. Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, 2012, 370-388. Co-author with Román Gubern.
  • “Almodóvar’s Global Musical Marketplace,” A Companion to Pedro Almodóvar. Eds. Marvin D’Lugo and Kathleen M. Vernon. London: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, 2013, 387-411.

Publications available here in PDF:

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See past events

Fall 2015
Kirsty Hooper 
(University of Warwick)

"Genealogy, Mobility, and Family History in the Anglo-Hispanic Atlantic”

NEW DATE: Wed Sept 23, 1.00 -2.15 pm
Melville Library N3060
Gerard Aching (Cornell Univ)

"Yet Without Being a Perfect Mulatto": Race, Free Labor and Colonial Paranoia"

Monday, Sept 28, 2.30 to 4pm
Javits Center 109


Spanish Conversation Group
Practice your Spanish with free freshly brewed coffee!


Wed 1 to 2 pm in the Dept Lounge
Stay a few minutes or the whole hour!



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