Sophia McClennen

2013 Peace Perspectives Lecture

October 17, 2013

Professor Sophia McClennen of Pennsylvania State University is an internationally known scholar and the director of the Global Studies Program at Penn State. She is among the most engaging scholars in the U.S. today dealing with the cultural, economic and political effects of globalization on developing societies. One focus of McClennen’s research is migratory populations, indigenous groups and populations impacted by wars and other forms of violence. Among Professor McClennen’s publications are: The Dialectics of Exile: Nation, Time and Language in Hispanic Literatures (Purdue Univ. Press, 2004), Ariel Dorfman: An Aesthetics of Hope (2010), Colbert’s America: Satire and Democracy (2012). This last book has made her extremely popular among student organizations seeking to engage in global issues. Her book-in-progress, Globalization and Latin American Cinema, focuses on the ways that films from Latin America reflect the shifts in production and consumption of cinema, cultural policies and changing identity constructions. She also has 28 refereed journal articles to her credit.

McClennen is co-PI on a major grant from the U.S. Office of Education and has been invited to lecture at the University of Bielefeld, Humboldt University Berlin, and the University of Erlangen, Germany. It is reasonable to extrapolate that in a few years McClennen will be a strong contender for a Guggenheim fellowship.