A Mexico City native, professor Rosana Blanco-Cano received her B.A. in Hispanic literature from the National University of Mexico. She completed a master's and Ph.D. in Spanish with a specialization in Mexican cultural studies at Tulane University in New Orleans.
At Trinity, she has taught a wide variety of courses on language, writing, literature, and culture. She has created a number of new classes in which she favors an interdisciplinary approach. An interdisciplinary approach not only creates a more positive response from students, who seem to enjoy the incorporation of different genres and disciplines in one class, but also demonstrates concretely that the interpretation of Latin American cultural phenomena can be diverse and even at times contradictory. She has participated in several teaching and academic experiences in Mexico with Trinity students, tying her teaching in a number of ways to her scholarly research.
She has presented her work in national and international conferences and written several journal articles. She co-wrote 100 Years of Spanish Cinema (London: Blackwell, 2008), and is the author of Cuerpos disidentes del México imaginado: Cultura, género, etnia y nación más allá del proyecto posrevolucionario (Madrid/Frankfurt: Iberoamericana/Vervuert, 2010).
Blanco-Cano's research focus is (trans)national Mexican cultural studies, gender and performance studies, Latin American cinema and Spanish cinema. Over the next years, she will be conducting research on contemporary Latin American cinema productions to conceive a companion text for undergraduate and graduate classes. Also, she will continue her research on horror in Latin America and Spain and open a new line of research on depictions of gender, sexuality, politics, and citizenships in contemporary Mexican TV productions.
Blanco-Cano currently co-directs the Program of Women's and Gender Studies at Trinity University and is the chair of the Mexican Cultural and Literary Studies Discussion Group at the Modern Languages Association.
She co-organized a Lennox Seminar on Transnational Mexican Cultures (2008, Trinity U.) and organized the first MAS Program Alvarez Seminar on New Identities in the Americas (2010, Trinity U.).
She has been sponsor of Venga! Spanish Conversational Group, Latino Exchange, and is the current adviser of the Spanish Honors Society Sigma Delta Pi.
She organized the MAS Program Álvarez Seminar on New Identities in the Americas (Spring 2010), a semester event that served to enrich campus presence in San Antonio community and vice versa.