School of Media and Performing Arts


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Dr Deborah Shaw

  • Qualifications: PhD, MA, BA
  • Role Title: Reader in Film Studies; Course Leader, MRes Creative Industries; School Research Degrees Coordinator
  • Address: Eldon Building, Winston Churchill Avenue, Portsmouth PO1 2DJ
  • Telephone: 023 9284 5705
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  • Department: School of Media and Performing Arts
  • Faculty: Creative and Cultural Industries


I am Reader in Film Studies at the University of Portsmouth. Following a PhD in the area of Latin American literature at King’s College, London on Mexican women writers, I moved into the field of Film Studies.

My research interests include transnational film theory, film funding bodies and transnational art cinema, Latin American cinema, Latin Americans and Latinos in US cinema, and cinema and migration and I have published widely in these areas. I am the founding co-editor of the Routledge journal Transnational Cinemas, and author of The Three Amigos: The Transnational Filmmaking of Guillermo del Toro, Alejandro González Iñárritu, and Alfonso Cuarón, Manchester University Press (2013), and Contemporary Latin American Cinema: Ten Key Films (Continuum Publishers, 2003). I am the editor of Contemporary Latin American Cinema: Breaking into the Global Market: Rowman and Littlefield, 2007, and co-editor of The Transnational Fantasies of Guillermo del Toro (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014) with Ann Davies and Dolores Tierney.

Teaching Responsibilities

On the undergraduate programme, I am Unit Coordinator for Gender, Sexuality and Cinema, and World and Transnational Cinema, and I co-teach courses on Screening Europe, and Film Theory.

I established the MA in Film and Television and was Course Leader from 2007-2014. I am Unit Coordinator for the MA unit, Representing Otherness in Film and Television, and co-teach on the Research Methods unit.


  • Latin American Cinema
  • Latin Americans and Latinos in US cinema
  • Transnational film theory
  • The work of Guillermo del Toro, Alejandro Iñárritu and Alfonso Cuarón.
  • Mexican Women’s Writing
  • Spanish Cinema
  • European Film Funding and Transnational Arts Cinema

Research profile

Explore my research profile, publications and activities on the Portsmouth Research Portal

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