May Santiago

May Santiago

May Santiago

Graduate Research Assistant

Cinema studies, genre cinema theory, decolonization, Puerto Rican identity studies, queer and feminist media studies

May is a first-year PhD student and a film scholar. Her work focuses on using cinema as a cultural studies tool for colonized film economies in the Caribbean with a focus on Puerto Rico. She possesses a BFA, producing Little Girls (2013) as her undergraduate thesis film as part of a study of teen films and the effect they have on female teen societies. She also possesses an MFA where she created Nightgaze (2017), a “visual album” based on music video theory to depict a young woman’s visceral experience with depression. Her work has screened across the country, including the Brooklyn Women’s Film Festival, Tampa Bay Comic Con, Florida’s Undergraduate Research Conference, Orlando Film Festival, and more.

May currently runs a foreign-horror based podcast she hosts and writes, Horrorspiria. She is co-authoring a textbook on global genre cinema through Cognella Publishing and is contributing to an anthology on queer horror studies through Manchester Metropolitan University. 

Education

BFA in Film Production, University of Central Florida

MFA in Entrepreneurial Digital Cinema, University of Central Florida