Laura Ceia, Ph.D.

Laura Ceia, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of French and International StudiesLaura-Ceia-Minjares-240

California State University, Long Beach

1250 Bellflower Blvd.

Long Beach, CA 90840 | Office: FO2- 205


Research Interests

Dr. Laura Ceia specializes primarily in turn-of-the-twentieth-century French Literature and History of Ideas, as well as contemporary French Cinema. Trained as comparatist, her research interests also include Eastern-European literature and cinema, and contemporary European trans-national cinemas. Her work places a particular emphasis on the intersection between politics and aesthetics, and the role of artifacts (such as literature and cinema) in informing, reshaping or distorting cultural perceptions of citizenship, nationality and identity. Before joining the RGRLL Department at CSULB, Dr. Laura Ceia has taught courses in French and Film Studies at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Boston University.


2005 Ph.D., University of California, Davis, French Studies

M.A., University of Timisoara, Romania, French and Romanian Literature

2002 Cornell University, School of Criticism and Theory

2001 Ecole Normale Supérieure (Ulm) Paris, France

Recent publications

  • “Flee, Avoid, Ignore, Suppress: Physical and Socio-moral Disgust in Cristian Mungiu’s 3 Months, 4 Weeks and 2 Days” (2011), in Journal of Research in Gender Studies (forthcoming)
  • “Balkan Exotic: The Francophone Birth and Rebirth of a Nation According to Panait Istrati and Marius Daniel Popesco,” (2009), in Contemporary French and Francophone Studies