Celine Parreñas Shimizu

Celine Shimizu profile portrait
Director of the School of Cinema
(415) 338-1629
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Room Number: 245A
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An award-winning film scholar and filmmaker, Celine Parreñas Shimizu is Full Professor and Director of the School of Cinema at San Francisco State University. Her work focuses on race and sexuality at the site of representation in global popular culture. In addition to her five books, she publishes widely in top journals such as Concentric, Frontiers: Journal of Women’s Studies, Journal of Asian American Studies, Journal of Cinema and Media Studies, positions, Quarterly Review of Film and Video, Signs, Sexualities, Theater Journal, Wide Angle and Yale Journal of Law and Feminism. Currently, she is Associate Editor of GLQ and has reviewed grants and fellowships for the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Ford Foundation. She serves on film juries and has produced and directed two feature films and several shorts. She received her Ph.D. in Modern Thought and Literature from Stanford University (2001), her M.F.A. in Production and Directing from UCLA School of Theatre, Film and Television (1996), and her B.A. in Ethnic Studies from U.C. Berkeley (1992). For more, go to www.celineshimizu.com

Sole-Authored Books:

  • The Proximity of Other Skins (Oxford UP, 2020)
  • Straitjacket Sexualities (Stanford UP, 2012)
  • The Hypersexuality of Race (Duke UP, 2007)

Edited Anthologies:

  • The Unwatchability of Whiteness (ADVA, 2018)
  • The Feminist Porn Book (The Feminist Press, 2013)


  • Distributed by Progressive Films and Third World Newsreel, her films include the award winning films: the feature documentary Birthright: Mothering Across Difference (2009) and the experimental shorts The Fact of Asian Women (2004), Super Flip (1997), Her Uprooting Plants Her (1995) and Mahal Means Love and Expensive (1993). She recently completed her feature documentary The Celine Archive (2019).