MCS Welcomes New Faculty


Professor Richard T. Rodriguez officially joins MCS faculty on July 1st!


Richard T. Rodríguez is associate professor of Media and Cultural Studies and English at the University of California, Riverside. He specializes in Latina/o literary and cultural studies, film and visual culture, and queer studies with additional interests in transnational cultural studies, popular music studies, and comparative ethnic studies. After receiving his BA in English from UC Berkeley and his PhD in the History of Consciousness from UC Santa Cruz, he taught for several years at Cal State LA and the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign before joining the UC Riverside faculty in 2016. The author of Next of Kin: The Family in Chicano/a Cultural Politics (Duke University Press, 2009), which won the 2011 National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies Book Award, he is at work on two projects: Undocumented Desires: Fantasies of Latino Male Sexuality and Latino/U.K.: Postpunk’s Transatlantic Touches. With Martin F. Manalansan IV, Chantal Nadeau, and Siobhan B. Somerville, he coedited a special issue of GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies titled “Queering the Middle: Race, Region and a Queer Midwest.” He has published essays in the journals Social Text, Critical Ethnic Studies, Biography, American Literary History, Profession, Palimpsest, Aztlán, and American Quarterly, and in several collections including The Cambridge Companion to Latina/o American Literature, The Routledge Queer Studies Reader, Latino/a Literature in the Classroom, Gay Latino Studies: A Critical Reader, A Concise Companion to American Studies, and Graphic Borders: Latino Comic Books Past, Present, and Future. Currently, he serves on the editorial boards of American Literary History and InVisible Culture: An Electronic Journal for Visual Culture.


MCS Launches New Youtube Channel!

We are proud to showcase MCS Youtube channel that MCS interns have worked on. The channel contains some of the best films from the first & second media festivals & from our MCS classes as well as promotional videos + the faculty video.   Read more »

Challenge a Colleague to Disciplinary Duel!


The Dueling Disciplines series offers differing disciplinary perspectives on a subject, theme or issue. Faculty members and graduate students from ‘opposing’ theoretical viewpoints present varying ways to think about topics such as God, a university education, yoga, Shakespeare and water. The resulting ‘duel’ is lighthearted but academically rigorous and respectful. […] Read more »

MCS New Chair Erika Suderburg Produces New Film

A warm welcome to MCS’s new chair Professor Erika Suderburg! A filmmaker and writer, Prof. Suderburg’s most recent feature-length film “Wunderkammern: The Private Life of Objects” screened this past summer at the Los Angeles Film Forum. To find out more about Prof. Suderburg’s work navigate to her website: Images: Stills […] Read more »

MCS Faculty’s Book Wins Award


We are thrilled to announce that Troubling Borders, an anthology of Southeast Asian/diasporic women literature and art, was awarded the Bronze Award for Best Book of 2015 by the Association for Borderland Studies. Congratulations to Professor Lan Duong, one of the co-editors!       Read more »

MCS Media Festival Presents a Hulu Original–East Los High

Celebrity Panels room INTS 1109: May 21st 11:00am to 12:30pm Featuring Hulu and East Los High; 2:00 to 3:30 Featuring Executive Producer; 3:30 to 5:00 Featuring Independent Film Maker; freeand open to Public But Registration is Required for Celebrity Panels for more informationcontact: MCSFILMFESTIVAL@GMAI.COM or RUHIKHAN@UCR.EDU   Register for workshop […] Read more »