Frances Negrón-Muntaner

Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature Columbia University

Frances Negrón-Muntaner is an award-winning filmmaker, writer, and scholar. She is the recipient of Ford, Truman, Scripps Howard, Rockefeller, and Pew fellowships as well as a Social Science Research Council and Andy Warhol Foundation grants. She is the editor of several books, including Puerto Rican Jam: Rethinking Nationalism and Colonialism; None of the Above: Puerto Ricans in the Global Era, and Sovereign Acts. She is the author of Anatomy of a Smile and Other Poems and Boricua Pop: Puerto Ricans and the Latinization of American Culture (winner, 2004 CHOICE Award). Among Negrón-Muntaner's films are "AIDS in the Barrio, Brincando el charco: Portrait of a Puerto Rican,"and "War in Guam." She is currently completing various documentaries, including on the intersection of Latino and LGTB social movements, and writing an intellectual biography on Arthur Schomburg. Negrón-Muntaner is also a founding board member and past chair of NALIP, the National Association of Latino Independent Producers, and a co-founder of Columbia University's Latino Arts and Activist archive. In 2005, she was named as 1 of "100 Most Influential Hispanics" by Hispanic Business magazine, and in 2008, the United Nations' Rapid Response Media Mechanism recognized her as a “global expert." She is also the recipient of El Diario/La Prensa's annual “Distinguished Women Award” (2010) and Columbia University's “Most Distinguished Faulty Award” (2012). She directs Columbia University's Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race.