Liora Moriel teaches in the English Department of the University of Maryland, where she received her doctorate in comparative literature with a thesis on The Construction of the Jew in US Film and Fiction, 1927–1947. She was also awarded two graduate certificates, in women’s studies and critical theory. In the 1990s, Moriel was chair and spokeswoman of the Agudah, Israel’s umbrella lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights organization. In the 1980s, Moriel produced the first (and so far, only) International Women’s Music Festival, dedicated to compositions by women composers from all eras, nationalities and genres. Her academic publications include a chapter in the Cambridge film handbooks series, “A Queer Reading of Bonnie and Clyde,” and articles on Dana International for World Englishes (U.K.), Lahikuva (Finland), Race, Gender and Class (U.S.A.), and most recently in Leap and Boellstorff’s Speaking in Queer Tongues. She is currently chair of the Queer Caucus of the Society for Cinema and Media Studies.