Frances Negrón-Muntaner is an award-winning filmmaker, writer, curator, scholar and professor at Columbia University, where she is the director of Columbia’s Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race as well as the University’s recently created Media and Idea Lab. Among her books and publications are: Boricua Pop: Puerto Ricans and the Latinization of American Culture (CHOICE Award, 2004), and The Latino Media Gap (2014). Her films include Brincando el charco: Portrait of a Puerto Rican (Whitney Biennial, 1995), Small City, Big Change (2013), and War for Guam.
For her work as a scholar and filmmaker, Negrón-Muntaner has received Ford, Truman, Scripps Howard, Rockefeller, Pew, and Chang-Chavkin fellowships. Major funders such as Social Science Research Council, Andy Warhol Foundation, and ITVS have also supported her work. In 2008, the United Nations' Rapid Response Media Mechanism recognized her as a global expert in the areas of mass media and Latin/o American studies; in 2012. At Columbia she received the Lenfest Distinguished Faculty Award, one of University's prestigious recognitions for excellence in teaching and scholarship. Negrón-Muntaner is also founding curator of the Latino Arts and Activism Archive at Columbia’s Rare Books and Manuscripts Library.