suzanne gauch
Anderson Hall
1114 Polett Walk


Film Studies, Gender Studies, Postcolonial Studies, Food Studies


Suzanne Gauch’s research and teaching interests include film, gender, and postcolonial studies. She is the author of Maghrebs in Motion, or North African Cinema in Nine Movements (forthcoming, Oxford University Press), which analyzes innovations in Algerian, Moroccan, and Tunisian filmmaking in the twenty-five years leading up to the Arab Spring, and Liberating Shahrazad: Feminism, Postcolonialism, and Islam (University of Minnesota Press, 2007), which explores how contemporary North African writers and filmmakers critically adapt the lessons of the legendary storyteller of the Thousand and One Nights. Her current project explores the formative cross-cultural borrowings of early animation film, and she also continues to publish in the field of African cinema. Her work on film, literature, and postcolonial theory has appeared in the journals Third Text, Screen, Camera Obscura, Research in African Literatures, Callaloo, Parallax, CR, L’Esprit Créateur, differences, and Mosaic, among others, as well as on the web platform

In 2009-2010, Gauch was the recipient of a Fulbright Senior Scholar-Lecturer Fellowship to Morocco, where she taught gender and film studies at the University Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah in Fez. At Temple, She regularly teaches courses such as Shady Characters in Postcolonial Fiction, Film Revolutions, Transnational Feminist Theory, African Cinema, and Postcolonial Writing and Food Politics. She is particularly excited to have begun teaching a general education course in food and culture.

Selected Publications

  • Maghrebs in Motion: North African Cinema in Nine Movements (Oxford University Press, 2016)
  • “Mobile Maghrebs in Contemporary Cinema.” Ibraaz. Platform 008.
  • “Impasses of Algerian Cinema,” Third Text 27:2 (2013): 260-277.
  • “Khatibi et la matérialité des corps et des mots” CELAAN 9: 2&3 (Fall 2011): 29-40.
  • “Jamming Civilizational Discourse in Tunisian Film” Screen 52:1 (Spring 2011): 30-45.
  • “Sampling Globalization in Calixthe Beyala’s The Little Prince of Belleville.” Research in African Literatures 41.1 (June 2010): 203-221.

Courses Taught

  • ENG 937 Eating Cultures (Gen Ed)
  • ENG 4798 Shady Characters in Postcolonial Fiction
  • ENG/WS 3097 Feminist Theory (Cross-listed with Women’s Studies)
  • ENG 3710 Film Revolutions
  • ENG 686 Humor in Global Africa
  • ENG 5026 Postcolonial Theory and Practices