Juan Monroy is a scholar of film, television and media studies. He is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Cinema Studies at New York University. His dissertation, US Television, Latin America, and the Decade of Development, examines how television, as a communication technology, a representational medium, and a commercial institution, informed American audiences about economic development, industrialization, and modernization as means to curb Communism in Latin America during the 1960s. He will defend his dissertation in May 2015.
He teaches film and media classes at Fordham University, Lincoln Center and at the City University of New York, Queens College, and the Pratt Institute. He has taught survey courses on mass media industries, media technologies, and digital media. He has taught various courses covering the history of film, including the silent, pre–World War II, and post–World War II eras. Other courses include the history of avant-garde cinema, an economic history of the American film industry, and a course on independent and underground cinema in New York City. To maintain contact with students outside of class, he keeps a course blog with follow-up ideas, timely information, and relevant links.
In addition to his academic work, he is a video and digital media librarian for NYU-TV, a division of NYU Libraries, where he maintains over a decade’s worth of moving image assets in a variety of analog and digital formats. His current project at NYU-TV is curating and migrating hundred of hours of in-house content to an online video-on-demand platform and creating an interface between NYU-TV’s on-site database and a remote, cloud-based video-hosting solution.
Juan has earned a number of awards and fellowships. He was a Peabody-Lambdin Kay Visiting Scholar at the George F. Peabody Awards Archive at the University of Georgia, a Summer Research Fellow for the Center for Media and Culture at New York University, a Predoctoral Dissertation Fellow at both the Tisch School of the Arts and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at NYU. He was the first recipient of the Distinction in the Field of Critical Studies from the Film and Media Studies department at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
He earned his masters degree in Cinema Studies from New York University and his bachelors degree in Film Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
In his spare time, he enjoys long-distance cycling, playing softball, following baseball, snapping photos, frequent flying, eating too much, and brewing coffee like a hipster. Since 2001, he has maintained a personal website, in some form or another; it has been a blog since 2009.