Guillermo Rodriguez

Contact Information


Biographical Sketch

Born and raised in Puerto Rico, Guillermo Rodríguez-Romaguera published his first short story when he was twelve years old. He went on to pursue a degree in Comparative Literature from Princeton University and a master's degree in film production from the University of Southern California.

At USC, he received the Harold Lloyd Foundation Scholarship and won The Caucus Foundation Student Filmmaker Award for his 35mm thesis Playing. Upon graduation, Guillermo wrote, produced and directed an emotional thriller entitled The Shadows and produced and edited the feature film Sweet Thing, a coming-of-age fairy tale set in urban Seattle. During this time, Guillermo also honed his skills as an editor, working as a promo editor for DirecTV, NBC and CBS as well as editing numerous feature films, documentaries and TV series.

Now, after years of experience as a filmmaker and writer, Guillermo pursues a PhD in Comparative Media and Culture where his practical knowledge of the field and his passion for storytelling serve as tools to dissect fiction both in written and visual form.

He’s currently working on his dissertation "The Veiled Screen: Uncanny Crystallizations in the Intermedial Abyss" about the brain’s uncanny encounter with fiction across mediums and cultures. By illustrating how the horror of the double symptomizes the mental repression of spectators contending with traumatic events under totalitarian regimes in Spain, Latin America and Eastern Europe, his project proposes we view cinema and literature as an uncanny duplication of the workings of the brain – a doppelgänger to human thought. 


  • A.B. Comparative Literature, Princeton University, 1999
  • M.F.A. Cinema-Television, University of Southern California, 2004
  • M.A. Comparative Studies in Literature & Culture, University of Southern California, 2015

Employment History

  • Assistant Lecturer, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, University of Southern California, 2013-2014
  • Teaching Assistant, Department of Slavic Languages & Literatures, University of Southern California, 2014
  • Teaching Assistant, Department of Comparative Literature, University of Southern California, 2015


Research Keywords

  • Neuroscience, cinema and digital humanities, Spanish and Latin American literature and film, post-dictatorship, horror cinema, film theory, media theory, metafiction and metafilm, post-modernism, the Gothic, avant-garde, surrealism, psychoanalysis and film, spectatorship, Polish cinema, Cervantes, David Lynch, gender studies

Conference Presentations

  • “The Quixotic in Horror: Self-Generating Narrative and its Self-Critical Sequel in Wes Craven’s Self- Reflexive Horror Cinema,” Paper presented at ‘Happy in the Life to Come: 400 Years of Cervantine Afterlives’ Conference, Los Angeles, 2/2016
  • "The Exposure of Murder within Capital Punishment Through Film Aesthetic: The Scopic Case of Krzysztof Kieslowski’s Krótki film o zabijaniu (Short Film About Killing) against the Death Penalty in Poland," Paper presented at ‘Execution, Spectacle, Law’ - Graduate Student Conference, Los Angeles, 4/2015
  • "The Possession of Carlotta’s Necklace Under Revolutionary Cuba: Re-Distribution of the Perceptible through Hitchcock’s Vertigo in Fernando Pérez’ Madrigal," Paper presented at American Comparative Literature Association Annual Meeting, New York, 3/2014
  • “Seams of Memory and Post-Dictatorship: The Excision of Guilt in Lucrecia Martel’s La mujer sin cabeza.” Paper presented at American Comparative Literature Association Annual Meeting, Toronto, Canada, 4/2013


  • Journal Article
    Rodriguez, G. R. "Y te sacarán los ojos: The Traumatized Spectator in Dictatorship and Post-Dictatorship Spanish Cinema".
    Rodriguez, G. R. "Hermetic Space as Abstraction of the Mechanisms of Censorship: Symptomatic ‘Archive Fever’ in Carlos Saura’s La madriguera".

Guest Lectures in Courses

  • SWMS 215gp : Gender Conflicts Across Cultural Contexts "‘Restless in its Transvestite Clothes’: Transgendered Televisual Pleasure from Laura Palmer to Maura Pfefferman" , Fall 2015   
  • ARLT 101g : Crime Stories: Eastern European Fiction from Crime to Punishment "The Virtualization and Exsanguination of Capital Punishment in Jacques Derrida’s Death Penalty Vol. I" , Fall 2014   

Honors and Awards

  • USC Graduate School Endowed Fellowship, 2016-2017   
  • Del Amo Foundation Research Award, 5/2016-8/2016  
  • USC Dornsife College Merit Award, 2015-2016   
  • USC CSLC Summer Award, 5/2015-8/2015  
  • Del Amo Foundation Research Award, 5/2014-8/2014  
  • USC CSLC Summer Award, 5/2014-8/2014  
  • Del Amo Foundation Endowed Fellowship, 2013-2014   
  • Frederick and Dorothy Quimby Memorial Fellowship, Fall 2012   

Service to the University

Media, Alumni, and Community Relations

  • Co-Founder, Film/Colloquium Series, University of Southern California , Spring 2014   

Service to the Profession

Conferences Organized

  • Conference Graduate Student Organizer, Film Roundtable Moderator & Presenter, 'Happy in the Life to Come': 400 Years of Cervantine Afterlives, Los Angeles, Spring 2016   
  • Co-Organizer & Presenter, Execution, Spectacle, Law: A Symposium on Capital Punishment with Austin Sarat, Los Angeles, Spring 2015   

Professional Memberships

  • Society for Cinema and Media Studies, 2015-  
  • American Comparative Literature Association, 2013-