Professor Carmen Oquendo-Villar, Cinema Studies, received a Guggenheim Fellowship and will complete a film in Puerto Rico this year before joining the Purchase faculty. The film is called La Aguja/The Needle, a documentary that won second place in the HBO documentary category for works in progress. It deals with the beauty industries in Puerto Rico and beauty practices among the transgender Puerto Rican community. Her book on Chile's 1973 coup explores the coup as a performance and media event, with Augusto Pinochet as its leading political icon. It will be a hybrid publication, blending printed text and a multimedia component with archival material and user-generated content. The multimedia component will be developed in collaboration with the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics at NYU.
She has published academic articles on diverse cultural fields including film, media and politics, performance studies, narrative, and gender and sexuality.