Desirée de Jesus
PhD, Film and Moving Images
Fine Arts valedictorian
Desirée de Jesus is a writer, film researcher, and a video essayist. Her research concentrates on post-recessionary girlhood cinema, as well as the intersections of race, gender and aesthetics in film and digital media.
This work has been supported through various awards, namely the Concordia Public Scholars program, the Bourse d'études Hydro-Québec de l'Université Concordia, the Glay Sperling Scholarship, and a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Doctoral Fellowship.
3 keys to a good education?
- Opportunities to grow
- A supportive community
- Skilled, knowledgeable instructors who are invested in your success
1 Lesson learned at Concordia
- Taking advantage of opportunities to connect with students and faculty across many disciplines, as well as with people and institutions not affiliated with the university, enriched my research, nourished me relationally, and expanded my thinking about how best to contribute to wider communities.
Next great goal
- I’m excited about further developing my artistic and critical practices, namely videographic film criticism, through creative outlets like Side Eye Cinema, to engage issues affecting marginalized and racialized communities, invite reflection on neglected artistic and social histories, and reconstruct the cinematic archive in more inclusive ways.
One piece of advice for future grads?
- Don’t talk yourself out of opportunities. Sometimes you have to say “yes” and figure it out later.