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Laura Podalsky

Laura Podalsky

Laura Podalsky

Professor of Latin American Studies; Professor of Theatre, Film, and Media Arts (by courtesy)



262 Hagerty Hall
1775 College Rd
Columbus, OH 43210

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Areas of Expertise

  • Latin American youth cultures
  • Latin American urban cultures
  • Latin American film and visual cultures


  • PhD Tulane University
  • BA Yale University

Laura Podalsky specializes in Latin American film and cultural studies. Her research involves the relationship between Latin American culture, politics, and socio-historical formations, and she has developed projects on urban culture, questions of affect and, more recently, youth cultures. Her first book, Specular City: Transforming Culture, Consumption, and Space in Buenos Aires, 1955-1973 Temple University Press, 2004), was a substantive, interdisciplinary, cultural studies project. Through the analysis of new films, literature, magazines, advertising, architecture, and car culture, Specular City discusses the material and discursive transformation of the Argentine capital in relation to contemporary struggles between middle-class and working-class sectors in the aftermath of the first Peronist administration. The Politics of Affect and Emotion in Contemporary Latin American Cinema: Argentina, Brazil, Cuba, and Mexico (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011) is a more medium-specific study, exploring the evocation of affect and the deployment of emotion in contemporary film as a response to the adjudicating tendencies of postdictatorial politics and the hyper-rationalist discourses of neoliberalism. She is currently working on a monographic study of youth, modernity, and film, comparing Argentina and Mexico in the 1950s-1960s and in the 1990s-present.

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