Dr. Michelle Leigh Farrell
Associate Professor of Modern Languages
o: Canisius Hall Rm 217
Dr. Michelle Leigh Farrell is an associate professor of Spanish and Portuguese at Fairfield University. She earned her Ph.D. in Spanish: Literature and Cultural Studies from the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. She teaches courses on Cuban film, Latin American Literatures, Representations of Dictatorships in Latin America, as well as Spanish and Portuguese languages. She directs the Portuguese language program and is the Latin American Studies Association Chair of Film Studies.
In her research Dr. Farrell focuses on Cuban and Venezuelan film and the contemporary changing audiovisual landscapes in both countries through emerging voices with access to digital production and alternative distribution opportunities. Her current publications are on the young generation of Cuban audiovisual artists, nuevos realizadores, as they challenge the centralized role of the Cuban state in representing contemporary life on and beyond the island. She has also researched extensively on government cultural initiatives such as the national and community works of the contemporary Venezuelan Film Platform, Cuba's ICAIC and Brazil's Cinema Novo. She considers these national initiatives as large-scale education programs to reshape national identity in times of political change.
Dr. Farrell is also active in her research and reflections on language and cultural pedagogy in teaching both Spanish and Portuguese-languages.