Sandra Ponzanesi

Visiting Professor, Department of English and Comparative Literature

Columbia University

Full Professor of Gender and Postcolonial Studies, Department of Media and Culture Studies

Utrecht University, The Netherlands.

Sandra Ponzanesi is a visiting professor in the Department of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University (2017-2018) and is a full professor in Gender and Postcolonial Studies at the Department of Media and Culture Studies, Utrecht University, the Netherlands where she is also director of the PCI (Postcolonial Studies Initiative).


She has published widely in the field of postcolonial studies, Europe, cinema and digital migration. Among her publications are: The Postcolonial Cultural Industry (Palgrave, 2014), Gender, Globalisation and Violence (Routledge, 2014) and Paradoxes of Postcolonial Culture (Suny, 2004). She has co-edited several volumes such as Postcolonial Intellectuals in Europe (Rowman and Littlefield International, forthcoming 2018) with Adriano Habed, Postcolonial Transitions in Europe (Rowman and Littlefield International, 2016) with Gianmaria Colpani, Postcolonial Cinema Studies (Routledge, 2012) with Marguerite Waller, Deconstructing Europe (Routledge, 2012) with Bolette B. Blaagaard and Migrant Cartographies (Lexington, 2005) with Daniela Merolla. She has also guest edited several special issues on postcolonial Europe and digital migration for journals such as Social Identities, Crossings, Interventions and Transnational Cinemas. The most recent is ‘Connected migrants: Encapsulation and Cosmopolitanism’ for Popular Communication 16(1), 2018 with Koen Leurs.


She is currently leading a ERC consolidator project 'Digital Crossings in Europe. Gender, Diaspora and Belonging.' The project aims to investigate the relation between gender, migration and digital technologies, in particular the way in which the ‘connected migrant’ contributes to new forms of European integration and cosmopolitan citizenship CONNECTINGEUROPE.