Thomas Matusiak is a first-year PhD student in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Cultures at Princeton University and 2014-2015 Eleanor Green Fellow for Studies in American Literature. His research interests include contemporary Latin American cinema, literature, and visual culture, with a focus on the themes of violence, the body, and the ethics and politics of representation. He recently presented the paper “Talking heads: Decapitación y cine” at the 2015 meeting of the Latin American Studies Association and is conducting research at the Cineteca Nacional and Filmoteca Nacional UNAM in Mexico City during the summer of 2015.
Prior to beginning the PhD program at Princeton, Thomas was a Fulbright Student Fellow in Bogotá, Colombia. He received his B.A. in Spanish summa cum laude from Lawrence University in 2013, where he wrote an honors thesis on Colombian cinema. He has organized film festivals and series at universities in The United States and Colombia.