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Meet the Chair

Agustín Zarzosa joined the cinema studies faculty at Purchase College in 2007. He is currently an associate professor of cinema studies and chair of the School of Film and Media Studies.

His research interests lie primarily at the intersection of cinema and philosophy, and most of his scholarship has been devoted to studying melodrama.

Zarzosa is the author of Refiguring Melodrama in Film and Television: Captive Affects, Elastic Sufferings, Vicarious Objects (Lexington Books, 2012). His essays have appeared in New Review of Film and Television, Scope, Discourse, Colloquy, Cinema: Journal of Philosophy and the Moving Image, and Angelaki: Journal of the Theoretical Humanities. He is currently developing a project on naturalism in classical Hollywood cinema.