Dr. Cindy Pinhal is a first-generation college graduate from Portuguese immigrant parents in France. She is a native speaker of French and Portuguese. She earned her undergraduate and first master's degree in France at Université de Marne-la-Vallée (Paris Est 13). Cindy continued her education in the USA with a second M.A. in Spanish at California State University San Marcos. She received her Ph.D. in Literature at University of California San Diego (UCSD).
Dr. Cindy Pinhal has an extensive teaching experience in French and Spanish at several higher education institutions (CSU, UC, Community College).
Cindy's teaching and research in French, Spanish and Portuguese, focus on understanding languages and cultures within their socio-political and historical dimension from comparative cultural studies. Her academic experience has shaped her perspective on the importance of student-centered critical thinking on bridging different historical, cultural and theoretical readings, as not only a way for students to build knowledge, but also as a tool for them to better understand their own language, themselves, and ultimately think of the humanities as a pathway to becoming conscious citizens of the world.
Her research interests include: Iberian and Southern Cone Studies, Immigration Studies, Documentary and Cinema, Iberian dictatorships, Politics of Memory and Knowledge, (Post)Colonial and Decolonial Studies, Psychoanalysis and Trauma Theory; Race, Gender and Queer Theory.
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