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          217-244-1422
          236 Gregory Hall 
          valdivia@illinois.edu

 


Education

  • Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Communications)
  • BA in History and Communication, University of California at San Diego

Affiliations

  • Research Professor Institute of Communications Research
  • Media and Cinema Studies
  • Professor Latina/o Studies
  • Gender & Women's Studies
  • Latin American and Caribbean Studies
  • Unit for Interpretive Criticism
  • Global Studies
  • Women & Gender in Global Perspective

Course Specialties

  • Proseminar to doctoral studies
  • International Communications
  • Popular Culture
  • Latin American in Film
  • Sex and Gender in Popular Media
  • Disney Studies
  • Introduction to Popular Television and Movies
  • Introduction to Media Studies

Background
Professor Valdivia served as the Inaugural Head of the Media and Cinema Studies Department. As well, she served as the Interim Director of the Institute of Communications Research for five years, 2009-2014. Within communications research, Valdivia combines the areas of gender studies with ethnic studies and Latin American studies. She brings these together in the examination of contemporary mainstream popular culture in an approach that explores the tension between agency and structure within a transnational setting. She has conducted field research in Nicaragua, Peru and Chile. Current research projects include hybridity theory as it applies to Latina/o Studies, ambiguity as a strategy of ethnic representation and differentiation within Latinidad, and transnationalism as it applies to the discipline of Latina/o Studies. She has been a visiting scholar at the University of California at San Diego, Cambridge University-Lucy Cavendish College (UK), York University in Toronto, St. Louis University in Madrid, Universidad the Chile; Universidad del Norte, Barranquilla, Colombia; and Universidad Jaume 1, Castellon Spain. She is working on two book-length manuscripts titled, The Gender of Latinidad (Blackwell) and Latina/os and the Media (Polity), as well as on several other projects. Additionally she is the managing editor of the Encyclopedia of Media Studies (Blackwell), an eight-volume project designed to map out the field. Valdivia has lectured broadly on her areas of research and is a dedicated mentor to graduate students and junior faculty of color. Valdivia is an affiliate faculty member in the Women and Gender in a Global Perspective Program and the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies.

Research/Creative Endeavor
Valdivia served as editor-in-chief of the journal Communication Theory (2008-2011). She is the author of “A Latina in the Land of Hollywood” (Arizona, 2000) and the editor of “Latina/o Communication Studies Today” (Peter Lang, 2008), “The Media Studies Companion” (Blackwell, 2003, 2006), “Feminism, Multiculturalism, and the Media: Global Diversities” (Sage, 1995) and the communication and culture section of the “Routledge International Encyclopedia of Women” (2000). She is also co-editor of “Mapping Latina/o Studies: An Interdisciplinary Reader," (Peter Lang, 2012). She has published essays in the Communication Review, Global Media Journal, Journal of Communication, the Journal of International Communication, Girlhood Studies, Popular Communication, the Journal of Children and the Media, the Review of Education/Pedagogy/Cultural Studies, the International Journal of Inclusive Education, Women and Language, Chasqui, and in many edited anthologies. Her areas of interest include gender and ethnicity in popular culture and international communications, especially U.S. Latina/o and Latin American, media studies, international communications and feminist studies.

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