Juan Monroy

I am a scholar of film and media studies, a university lecturer, and a digital librarian living in New York City. I feel uneasy writing bios in the third person, and, if you see me out somewhere, I likely rode my bike.


I am a scholar of film, television and media studies. I am a doctoral candidate in the Department of Cinema Studies at New York University.

My 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.

I will defend my dissertation in 2015.


I teach film and media classes at Fordham University, Lincoln Center and at the City University of New York, Queens College, and the Pratt Institute.

I have taught survey courses on mass media industries, media technologies, and digital media. I have 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, I keep a course blog with follow-up ideas and information, timely information, and relevant links.

Digital Librarian

In addition to my academic work, I am a video and digital media librarian for NYU-TV, a division of NYU Libraries, where I maintain over a decade’s worth of moving image assets in a variety of analog and digital formats.

My 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.


Over the years, I have earned a number of awards and fellowships.

I was a Peabody-Lambdin Kay Visiting Scholar at the George F. Peabody Awards Archive at the University of Georgia. I was also a Summer Research Fellow for the Center for Media and Culture at New York University, and a Predoctoral Dissertation Fellow at both the Tisch School of the Arts and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at NYU.

I 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.


I am currently finishing my doctorate degree in Cinema Studies from New York University.

Previously, I earned a master's degree in Cinema Studies from New York University, and a bachelor's degree in Film Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara. I also graduated from Highland High School in Palmdale, California.


In my spare time, I enjoy long-distance cycling, playing softball, following baseball, snapping photos, frequent flying, eating too much, and brewing coffee like a hipster.

Since 2001, I have maintained a personal website, in some form or another; it has been a blog since 2009.

I currently live near a Superfund site in New York City with two bikes and four backpacks.