Richard Mwakasege-Minaya

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SAC Grad Student Richard Minaya

Doctoral Student

  • Fields of Study
    • Cuban Cinema
    • Transmedia in Cuba
    • Latin American Cinema
    • Feminist Film Theory
    • Race, Gender and Sexuality in the Media
    • History of the Caribbean
  • About

    A native Brooklynite, Richard has assisted Columbia University and the New York City
    Commission on Human Rights in field research throughout the NYC’s five boroughs. Prior to
    this assignment, in preparation for his master thesis and fulfilling a long-life dream, Richard
    traveled to Havana, Cuba and conducted research at the Cuban Institute of Cinematographic Art
    and Industry (ICAIC). Under the advisement of Dr. Ying Zhu, he completed his thesis titled “At
    the Margins of Society with Tomás Gutiérrez Alea: Race, Gender and Sexuality in Cuban
    Cinema.” Richard hopes to return to Cuba (and Latin America in general) for future research.

  • Education
    • M.A. in Cinema and Media Studies, College of Staten Island, 2012
    • B.A. in Latino and Hispanic Caribbean Studies, Rutgers University, 2009
    • A.A. in Liberal Arts, Borough of Manhattan Community College, 2005
  • Awards
    • Rackham Merit Fellowship (RMF) Rackham Graduate School, 2013
  • Grants
    • Rackham Summer Institute (SI) Rackham Graduate School, June 2013