Joy C. Schaefer is Visiting Assistant Professor of World Literature at Grand Valley State University, where she teaches courses such as Film Culture and Contemporary Black Literature. Her most recent work draws on transnational feminism to analyze histories and representations of public secondary schools located in marginalized neighborhoods, examining how these institutions often fail to include the non-‘universal’ student (e.g. the ‘veiled’ Muslim girl; the queer racialized delinquent) in the contexts of (post)colonial France and the United States.
Joy earned her PhD in Comparative Literary & Cultural Studies at Stony Brook University (SBU) with a dissertation entitled, “Cruel Paris: Transnational Feminist Approaches to Banlieue Cinema.” As an Instructor in the Communication & Media Studies Department at Fordham, she taught the university’s first Queer Studies in Film & TV course. She holds an M.A. in French Studies (NYU) and an Advanced Certificate in Women’s & Gender Studies (SBU), and she is the recipient of the Vivien Hartog Best Graduate Instructor Award for Women’s & Gender Studies (SBU, 2016). Joy’s work has been published in The Quarterly Review of Film and Video and Studies in European Cinema.