Salomé Aguilera Skvirsky

Salomé Aguilera Skvirsky is Associate Professor in the Department of Cinema and Media Studies at the University of Chicago. She works on transnational political cinema, with a special focus on Latin America. Her first book, The Process Genre: Cinema and the Aesthetic of Labor (Duke University Press, 2020), won the 2021 Best First Book Prize from the Society for Cinema and Media Studies; it was a Finalist in the “Media and Cultural Studies” category for the 2021 PROSE Book Awards presented by the Association of American Publishers, and it was shortlisted for 2021 Kraszna-Krausz Moving Image Book Award. Her essays have appeared in Cinema Journal, the Journal of Latin American Cultural StudiesSocial IdentitiesHispanófila, and in The Routledge Companion to Latin American Cinema. Skvirsky is currently pursuing a book-length project, “Filming the Police,” which is a comparativist treatment of the topic of police on screens that brings together the ubiquity of police shows in global televisual media with the digital surveillant and sousveillant recordings of police violence from around the world. The project is supported by a Howard Foundation grant and a Mellon New Directions fellowship and will involve formal training in legal media studies. She is a co-editor at Critical Inquiry.