Juan Llamas-Rodriguez

Film & Media Studies Graduate Student


2306 Social Sciences & Media Studies




Juan was born and raised in Monterrey, Mexico, and ever since he left there, he has embarked on a quixotic plan to live in as many North American cities as possible. Before UCSB, Juan earned his Master of Arts at Concordia University in Montreal and his Bachelor of Arts at the University of Toronto.

His dissertation explores the mediation of life in the age of narcotrafficking. This research brings together global popular culture, critical theory, border studies, feminist materialism, digital media theory, and labor studies. He has also taught, written, or presented on social media politics, local film festivals, Latinx media productions, and violence in cinema.

Juan is the graduate student representative for the Board of Directors of the Society for Cinema and Media Studies and a member of the Media Fields Journal collective. Previously, he was a research assistant at the Carsey-Wolf Center, where he worked for the Media Industries Project and the Environmental Media Initiative. He has also worked at fantasy, documentary, and queer film festivals in Canada.