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Maria San Filippo’s teaching and scholarship center on screen media’s intersections with gender and sexuality, focusing on feminist and queer works of contemporary film and television.

She authored the Lambda Literary Award-winning The B Word: Bisexuality in Contemporary Film and Television (2013) and ‘Provocauteurs’ and Provocations: Screening Sex in 21st Century Media (2021), both published by Indiana University Press, and edited the collection After ‘Happily Ever After’: Romantic Comedy in the Post-Romantic Age (Wayne State University Press, 2021). Both Provocauteurs and Provocations and After 'Happily Ever After' were short-listed for 2022 BAFTSS Awards. Her most recent book, a Queer Film Classics volume on Desiree Akhavan’s Appropriate Behavior (2014), was published in 2022 by McGill-Queen’s University Press and was honored with a 2023 Lambda Literary Award.

She is current Editor in Chief of the academic quarterly New Review of Film and Television Studies, and was a 2021-22 U.S. Fulbright Scholar at the University of Innsbruck, Austria.



B.A., Wellesley College
M.A., New York University
Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles

Areas of Expertise

  • Cinema Studies
  • Feminism
  • Film
  • Hollywood
  • LGBTQIA+ Studies
  • Media Studies
  • Sexuality Studies
  • TV
  • Visual & Media Arts
  • Writing