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Elisa Padilla, Ph.D.

Department of English
Department of Communication


Ph.D., Film Studies, University of Sussex, 2021
M.A., Film & Film Cultures, University of Leicester, 2014
B.A., Journalism and Media Studies, Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, 2011

Practice Areas

  • Film analysis
  • Gender and Sexuality
  • Celebrity studies
  • Humour

Publications and Media Placements

Journal Articles

Padilla, E. (2020) "The Baltimore Artist: Taste, Class, and Distinction in John Waters' Pecker".In: Quarterly Review of Film and Video. DOI: 10.1080/10509208.2020.1842093

Padilla, E. (2024) "Queer Cinema and Biopower: Embodying Bad Taste" in Cultural Studies (Upcoming)

Book Chapters

Padilla, E. "'It Takes a Lot of Balls to Be a Lady': Drag Queens, Stigma and Their Masculine Identities". In: van deer Gaag, N, Artus, D. & Massoumian, A. (eds.) (2023) Patriarchy in Practice: Ethnographies of Everyday Masculinities. London: Bloomsbury, pp. 153-172.


"BFI Player", for Revista Secuencias, 57, 2021.

"RuPaul's Drag Race and The Shifting Visibility of Drag Culture' for Queer Studies in Media & Popular Culture, 4(2), June 2019, pp. 209-221.

"Female Trouble: A Queer Film Classic" for Film Quarterly, 71(3), Spring 2018, pp. 104-106.

"A Companion to American Indie Film", for Revista Secuencias, 47, 2018, pp. 99-100.

Conference Presentations

"Feeling Like Shit: The Affective Reverberations of Bo Burnham's Inside", Mixed Bill's Comedy in Crisis, 2022, Birmingham City University.

"What is Drag? Towards a Performance-Based Definition", CIJIET, 2020, Universidad Complutense de Madrid.

"Exploiting Moral Panics: Humour and Deviance in John Waters Cinema", Cine-Excess, University of Birmingham 2020.

"Utopic Freedom and Queer Cinema", Intermedia Conference Academia of Fine Arts in Gdansk, Polonia, 2019.

"Celebrating a World Upside Down: Queer Laughter in the cinema of John Waters2, On Laughter, UCL 2019.

"20 years of Homer's Phobia: John Waters, Queerness, and the Mainstream" for the seminar group Queer and Now: Queerness in the Mainstream at the Northern Eastern Modern Language Association (NEMLA) 2017, Baltimore.

"Cinema and Biopower: John Waters and the Sexual Politics of Bad Taste", Researching Horror, Cult, and Exploitation', 2017, Northumbria University.