Desirée de Jesus
Film And Moving Image Studies
PhD candidate, Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema, Faculty of Fine Arts
"My professors have been very affirming, which has helped me make that shift from being a student to taking my place in the field as an academic."
Desirée de Jesus brings an expansive academic background to her degree in Film and Moving Image Studies. For her MA dissertation in Christianity and the Arts from Kings College London, she looked at the philosophical anthropology of Stanley Kubrick’s films alongside St. Augustine’s theory of the will. Her doctoral research, funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, focuses on female coming-of-age narratives in films and video games. For Desirée de Jesus, the program’s Proseminar — a multi-dimensional look at advanced research across periods, methodologies, theories and genres — has been a milestone in her academic journey.
Why Concordia is the right place for her: “My professors have been very affirming, which has helped me make that shift from being a student to taking my place in the field as an academic. They’ve encouraged me to be bolder, to talk to people about my work and to seek publication opportunities. There’s been lots of space for professional development.”