Stephen Borunda is an M.A./ Ph.D. student in Film and Media Studies at UC Santa Barbara. He holds a B.A. in Political Science and History, and an M.S. in Education from The Johns Hopkins University. After his undergraduate studies, Stephen served as a teacher via Teach for America in Baltimore City. During his subsequent time in Santiago de Chile, he published writings in The Santiago Times; his reviews and articles have also been featured in Film Matters.
Some of his research interests include border cinema and media produced in the areas that comprised the frontiers (especially Nuevo México and Chile) of the former Monarquía Hispánica in las Américas, the nuclear age cinema of Nuevo México, environmental media studies, post-colonial media theory, Latin American/Latinx media and cinema, media and cinema in the Southern Cone, media and pedagogy, political culture, and revolutionary imagination.
In his free time, he writes and directs his film projects, serves as a screener for film festivals (most recently, the Austin Film Festival), and writes film reviews. His most recent short film Boost: A Stop Motion Story premiered at the Ocean City Film Festival in 2019. He is also the coordinating editor of the University of California Press journal Media+Environment.