Medaille College Associate Professor of English Alice Villaseñor, Ph.D., was invited to appear as a virtual speaker at the 2021 Jane Austen Festival, “Race, Power & the Arts in Jane Austen’s World.” The hybrid festival took place from July 9-11 in Louisville, Kentucky, and offered both virtual and in-person components that explored the intersections between race and power in the realms of literature, theater, visual arts, fashion and more. Dr. Villaseñor led a virtual presentation on From Prada to Nada (2011), a film adaptation of Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility (1811) set in Los Angeles. She discussed how the film uses Austen’s story of the displacement of the Dashwood women to highlight the displacement of Latinx communities.
A Jane Austen scholar, Dr. Villaseñor has served on the Board of the Jane Austen Society of North America (JASNA) and has chaired the JASNA International Visitor Program. She regularly presents her work to academic and general audiences in North America and in the United Kingdom, and her research has been published in several international journals and collections. She holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in English with a graduate certificate in gender studies from the University of Southern California, and earned her B.A. in English and political science from the University of California at Riverside.