Joy C. Schaefer is a transnational feminist film scholar and inclusive online educator. She is currently an Adjunct Professor of interdisciplinary studies at Grand Valley State University (GVSU), an Adjunct Professor of cultural studies at Kendall College of Art & Design (KCAD), and an Adjunct Professor of French at Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC – her first alma mater!). Dr. Schaefer is also a French Teacher at One Schoolhouse, where she leverages her training in personalized and competency-based learning to teach culturally responsive online asynchronous courses. From 2020-2022, she was a Senior Lecturer of Critical Media Studies at Lawrence Technological University, where she designed and taught the theory, criticism, and writing curriculum in the Media Communication program. She earned her Ph.D. in Comparative Literary & Cultural Studies from Stony Brook University (SBU) in 2017. She also holds an M.A. in French Studies from New York University and a Graduate Certificate in Women’s & Gender Studies (SBU).
Dr. Schaefer was a Visiting Professor of English at Grand Valley State University from 2017-2020, where she obtained a Certificate of Online & Hybrid Teaching and taught a broad range of courses from Film Culture to Contemporary Black Literature. She has also taught in the Communication & Media Studies Department at Fordham University, where she designed the university’s first Queer Studies in Film & TV course, and in the Department of Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies at SBU, where she was awarded the Vivien Hartog Best Graduate Instructor Award in 2016. While in New York, Dr. Schaefer co-curated the inaugural New York Feminist Film Week at Anthology Film Archives. She has been to Europe numerous times for study, research, and work. During the 2007-2008 school year, she taught English to middle school students in Paris as part of the French government’s Teaching Assistant Program (TAPIF).
Dr. Schaefer’s teaching and research interests include film studies; French cultural studies and language; transnationalism & postcolonial studies; representations of race, religion, gender & sexuality; disability studies; ecofeminism & feminist affect theories; and the cultural products of English-, Spanish- and French-language (post)colonial contexts. Her work has appeared in JCMS: The Journal of Cinema & Media Studies, Quarterly Review of Film and Video, Studies in European Cinema, and Ought: The Journal of Autistic Culture. Her book chapter, “Adapting Medical Reports into Narrative Film: Autism, Eugenics, and Savagery in Truffaut’s L’Enfant sauvage (The Wild Child),” appears in All in the Mind: Adaptations of Mental and Cognitive Disability in Popular Media (Lexington Books).
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