Isolina Ballesteros

Phone: (646) 312-4225

Fax: (646) 312-4211

Location: VC 6-272

Isolina Ballesteros, born in Spain, completed her degree in French Language and Literature at the University of Zaragoza, Spain, in 1982. She moved to the United States in 1986 and completed her Ph.D. in Hispanic Literature at Boston University in 1992. She is Full Professor at the Department of Modern Languages and Comparative Literature and Chair of the Film Studies Program at Baruch College, CUNY; and at the Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Literatures and Languages Program of the Graduate Center of CUNY. Her teaching focuses on Modern Peninsular Studies (19th and 20th century literature and film), comparative literature, immigration cinema, and European cinema. She has published extensively about Spanish and Latin American women writers, the image of women in the post-Franco literature, the cultural memory of the Spanish Civil War, and Spanish and European cinema. Her current research is on the role of visual art and media to represent migration to Europe and generate individual and collective awareness of the causes and consequences of the refugee crisis. She is currently working on a book titled Migration, Visual Art, and Activism.


Immigration Cinema in the New Europe. Bristol & Chicago: Intellect & U. Chicago Press, 2015.

Cine (Ins)urgente: Textos fílmicos y contextos culturales de la España postfranquista. Madrid: Fundamentos, 2001.

Escritura femenina y discurso autobiográfico en la nueva novela española.  New York: Peter Lang Publishing, Inc., 1994.

recent articles

“Éxodo rural, Migración e Inmigración en el cine español.”​ Eds. Eugenia Afinoguenova, Samuel Amago and Kathryn Everly. Vademécum del cine iberoamericano: Métodos y teorías. Hispanófila 177 (Junio 2016): 249-261.

“El exilio en el cine español: representaciones de la pérdida, la nostalgia y la imposibilidad del retorno”. Proceedings of the Symposium Exilio y Cine. Ed. María Pilar Rodríguez. Bilbao: Publicaciones de la Universidad de Deusto: 2013. 111-121.

La emigración económica latinoamericana en el documental europeo de inmigración: Balseros (2002), Del otro lado (2002) y Familia (2010).” Dossier Migraciones & Exilios. AEMIC (Asociación para el Estudio de los Exilios y Migraciones Ibéricos Contemporáneos), 13 (2012): 63-80.

Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown: from Madrid (1988) to New York (2010).” A Companion to the Cinema of Pedro Almodóvar. Eds Kathy Vernon & Marvin D’Lugo. Blackwell Wiley Publishing, 2013. 365-386.

“Feminine Spaces of Memory: Mourning and Melodrama in Para que no me olvides (2005) by Patricia Ferreira.” Essays on Hispanic and Lusophone Women Filmmakers. Eds. Julián Daniel Gutiérrez Albilla and Parvati Nair. Manchester University Press, 2012. 63-81.

New courses developed

CMP/FLM Critical Approaches to Film: The Cinema of Pedro Almodóvar

IDC 4050/WSM 4900: Women on the Move: Global Gendered Migration

CMP 4000 Immigration Cinema: Migrations and Border Crossings to the US and Europe

SPA 4115 Images of Women in Spanish Culture

SPA 4183 Spanish Film: Cinematic Representations of the Spanish Artistic Tradition

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