After teaching at different universities in Europe and in the US (such as Carlos III University of Madrid, California State University and the Johns Hopkins), Barbara Zecchi joined the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2005, and was promoted to full professor in 2015. In recent years, she served as both Graduate Program Director and Head of the Spanish and Portuguese Unit of the Dept. of Languages, Literatures and Cultures. In 2015 she was appointed Director of the UMass Translation Center and in 2016 Co-Director of the UMass Digital Humanities Initiative Program. In 2017 she became the Director of the Interdepartmental Program in Film Studies of the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
Zecchi holds a Laurea in Lingue e Letterature Straniere from the Università di Venezia, Italy, a Master’s degree in Spanish from the University of California San Diego, and a Master’s degree in Italian from the University of California Los Angeles. She earned her Ph.D. in Romance Languages and Cultures from UCLA in 1998, with a dissertation entitled The Representation of Rape and the Rape of Representation: Sexual/Textual Violence in Spain and Italy. Her research and teaching interests include European and Latin American cinemas, feminist film theory, film adaptation theory, gender studies and aging studies and the use of technology in the humanities.
In addition to about a dozen video-graphic essays (shown in Mexico, Spain, Italy, England and the US), and about 50 articles and book chapters, she is the author of the monographic books La pantalla sexuada (The Gendered Screen, Cátedra, 2015) and Desenfocadas: Cineastas españolas y discursos de género (Out of Focus: Spanish Women Filmmakers and Gender Discourses, Icaria, 2014), and of the edited volumes Tras las lentes de Isabel Coixet: Cine, feminismo y compromiso (PUZ, 2017), Gynocine: Teoría de género, filmología y práxis cinematográfica (Univ. Zaragoza, 2013), Teoría y práctica de la adaptación fílmica (Complutense, 2011), La mujer en la España actual, ¿evolución o involución? (co-edited, Icaria, 2004), and Sexualidad y escritura (1850-2000) (co-edited, Anthropos, 2002), among others. She is currently working on a new monograph tentatively entitled The Gender of Film Genres, and on a co-edited volume Gender and Violence in Iberian and Latin American Cinemas (under consideration, Routledge).
Zecchi is the co-founder and vice-president of the international research network CinemAGEnder and the founder and director of the Digital Humanities Project Gynocine: A History of Spanish Women’s Cinema. She is the founder and co-curator of the UMass Catalan Film Festival (this year at its 10th edition), and collaborates in the organization of the UMass Latin American Film Festival. She has served on a number of festival juries (such as Cines del Sur of Granada), moderated and taken part in panels around the world intenational conferences, and has lectured extensively in the US, Canada, Spain, Portugal, Italy, England, as well as in Cuba, Mexico and in the Dominican Republic. At UMass, she organized the international conferences Gynocine: Spanish Women and Film; Spanish Cinema Today; and Almodóvar in Evolution. She is also the co-organizer of the first International Conference CinemAGEnder in Birmingham, UK, and of the International Workshop Aging Studies and Visual Culture at the University Complutense of Madrid.
She is Associate Member of the Film Academy of Spain (Academia de las Artes y las Ciencias Cinematográficas de España).