Dr Maria Chiara D'Argenio

UCL Senior Teaching Fellow


Faculty of Arts & Humanities

Joined UCL
4th Jan 2016

Research summary

Maria Chiara's research interests are the representation of indigenous cultures and ethnicity in Latin American cinema; decoloniality; Latin American print culture and magazine; Peruvian visual culture; early and contemporary cinema in Latin America; cultural connections between Latin America and Italy. She has a strong interest in interdisciplinary research.

She has presented papers at conferences in Mexico, Cuba, Peru, USA, Spain and the UK; written chapters for edited books; published articles in peer-reviewed journals (including Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies; Latin American and Caribbean Ethnic Studies; Studies in Spanish and Spanish American Cinemas; Postcolonial Studies Journal); and edited a special issue of the prestigious Revista Iberoamericana on modernity, visuality and the press in Latin America. In 2019, she co-organised the international conference 'Periodicals on the Periphery? Magazines and Print Culture in Latin America'.

She is currently co-editing the volume Periodically Speaking: History, Politics and Visuality in Latin American Modern Print Culture and completing the monograph Indigenous Representation in 21st-century Latin American Cinema (Palgrave Macmillan). She is also writing a monograph on Peruvian Visual Culture and the construction of citizenship from the late nineteenth to the twenty-first century. 

Teaching summary

Maria Chiara teaches interdisciplinary modules on race and ethnicity in Latin American cinema, journeys between Italy and Latin America, subalternity and women's writing. She has taught Spanish and Latin American literature, film, visual culture and visual arts at both UG and PG level. She also teaches Spanish language to first and second-year students. 

In the academic year 2020-21, she will be teaching the following modules: 

SPAN0006 Introduction to Spanish Film
SPAN0012 The Latin American Supernatural
LITC0036  Journeys from Italy to Latin America and viceversa
CMII0141 Race and Ethnicity in Latin American Cinema 

SPAN0001 Spanish Language I: Grammar
SPAN0016 Spanish Language II: Grammar
SPAN0016 Spanish Language II: Additional Contents & Skills


University College London
Doctorate, Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy | 2019


Maria Chiara holds a PhD in Hispanic Literature (University of Naples) and a MA in History of Film & Visual Media (University of London) as well as diplomas in language teaching. She has been recognised by the HEA as a Fellow.

Before settling in the UK, she lived and worked in Italy, Spain, France, Argentina, Mexico and Peru. Prior to starting teaching at UCL in 2016, she lectured on Latin American Studies at King’s College London and the University of Naples. More recently, she has taught at the Universidad de La Habana in Cuba and the Università La Sapienza in Rome.