Faculty and Staff

Bruce E Williams

Professor • Department of Languages & Culture

Bruce Williams is Professor in the Department of Languages and Cultures and co-coordinator of the program in International Cinema at the William Paterson University of New Jersey. He has published extensively in the areas of cultural studies, national cinemas (Latin America, Asia, and the "other" Europe), film theory, Spanish-language media, and bilingual media. Williams is co-author, with Keumsil Kim-Yoon, of Two Lenses on the Korean Ethos: Key Cultural Concepts and Their Appearance in Cinema. He is currently completing a two-volume monograph on Albanian cinema, with particular emphasis on the Kinostudio era; the transition to international coproduction, women directors, and lgbtq discourse. His article, "It’s a Wonderful Job!: Women at Work in the Cinema of Communist Albania,", published in Studies in Eastern European Cinema in 2015 received the 2016 award for best essay in the Central, Eastern, and Southern European Media Special Interest Group of the Society for Cinema and Media Studies. A Fulbright scholar (1977-78), Williams recently received an award of merit from Albania's Arbnori Center of Culture.

Ongoing areas of research include race, and the discourse of marginalization in media studies; itinerant/stateless voices in media; bilingualism and media; Latino cinema in the US, and film ties among Latin America, Africa, and the Soviet Union.

Professional Interests

cinema studies; minority discourse and media;  language and media, bilingual studies

Other Interests

language and ethnography in Russia

Spanish  Portuguese  French  German  Italian  Catalan  Russian  Other 


PhD Hispanic Languages and Literatures, University of California at Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA


Cinema and marginalized voices; Latin American and Hispanic cinema; bilingualism and media' bilingualism and cultural studies

Notable Courses Taught

TBED 5420 Multiculturalism and Acculturation
TBED 6421 Contrastive Analysis
TBED 6450 Field Experience Bilingual
LAS 2010 Introduction to Latin American Studies
SPAN 3740 Latin American Cinema
SPAN 3710 Cinema of Spain
SPAN 48700 Seminar in Hispanic Cinema
SPAN 4800 Seminar in Latin American Literature
SPAN 4810 Seminar in Spanish Literature

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