Carl Fischer teaches modern and contemporary Latin American film, visual culture, and literature. His research focuses primarily on the extent to which Chile’s status as an international “model” of economic progress and “modernity”—particularly since the end of the Pinochet dictatorship, but also earlier, such as during the Unidad Popular government—is related to how “models” of gender identity and performance are constructed and represented in the country’s literature and visual arts. Other research interests include popular culture, translation studies, queer studies, and critical theories of politics and economics. Before studying for his Ph.D., he spent several years working as a translator for the Chilean government. He has published articles on Patricio Guzmán and Pedro Lemebel, and translated a portion of the volume Luz Arce and Pinochet's Chile: Testimony in the Aftermath of State Violence (Ed. Michael Lazzara, 2011).