Associate Professor (MA, Sociology, University of Chicago; Ph.D., Sociology, CUNY Graduate School and University Center)
Office: Hunter North 501-D
Isabel Pinedo’s work focuses on the relation between popular culture, particularly film and television, gender and social theory. Current research topics include 1960s television, the relation between visual depictions of torture in fictional form and political culture; the impact of 9/11 on popular culture; the aesthetics of horror films and the embodied experience of viewing.
Her most recent publications are “Torture Porn: 21st Century Horror” (A Companion to the Horror Film) and “On Suffering and Human Eloquence: Commemorating 9/11, Televised U.S. Coverage in 2011,” a visual and prose essay. Also on a post-9/11 theme is “Tortured Logic: Entertainment and the Spectacle of Deliberately Inflicted Pain in Two Dramatic Series,” an illustrated essay. She has written a book, Recreational Terror: Women and the Pleasures of Horror Film Viewing, a study of the contemporary horror film: its formal dynamics, ideological effects, social functions, racial politics, and its complex relation to gender. Her essays have appeared in periodicals including Jump Cut, Journal of Film and Video, Paradoxa, and in edited volumes, including “‘Things in this Country are Gonna Change Pretty Fast’: Dissent, Mobilization, and the Politics of Jericho” (Homer Simpson Marches on Washington: Dissent Through Popular Culture) and “Playing with Fire without Getting Burned: Reimagining Blowback in Battlestar Galactica” (Battlestar Galactica and Philosophy: Mission Accomplished or Mission Frakked Up?). Her work has been included in the anthology readers The Horror Film (edited by Stephen Prince) and Horror (edited by Michael Stuprich). She is a contributor to “The 100 Best Horror Films,” Time Out London, April 2012.
Isabel Pinedo has taught media studies in the Department of Film and Media since 1993. She is committed to the need for quality public education. Currently, she teaches Television Culture, Complex Television Narratives, and The Horror Film. She has previously co-taught Neurobiology and Film in the Thomas Hunter Honors Program; and taught Representations of Race in Film and Media; Media and Society; Social Movements and the Media; Movie Genres and Culture; Theory and Research in Mass Communication; Social Class, Racism and the Media, all at Hunter College. At other institutions she has taught Film Criticism; The Film Industry; Sociology of Film; Revolutions in Western Thought; Gender, Race and Class; Sociology of Gender; Sociology of Religion; Art and Society; Sociology of Mass Media; and Introduction to Sociology.