Amanda Ciafone

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Associate Professor of Media & Cinema Studies; Director of Graduate Studies for the Institute of Communications Research
234 Gregory Hall
  • PhD, American Studies, Yale University
  • BA, American Civilization, Brown University
  • Department of Media & Cinema Studies and Institute of Communications Research 
  • Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies 
  • Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory 
  • Fellow of the Center for Advanced Study, 2020-2021 
  • Faculty Fellow, Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities, 2017-2018 
  • Media & Cinema Studies Teaching Award, College of Media, 2016, 2017, 2018 
  • Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities Prize for Faculty Research, 2014-2015 
  • Fellow of the John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress, 2013-2014 
Research/Creative Endeavor

Amanda Ciafone is a cultural historian of capitalism, especially interested in culture industries and the role of the media in constructing meaning around economic and social relations. Her research and teaching is at the nexus of various fields including cultural history and cultural studies of the United States in the world, especially Latin America; political economy; culture and media industries; and social movements. 

Professor Ciafone's first book, Counter-Cola: A Multinational History of the Global Corporation (University of California, 2019), examines The Coca-Cola Company and the politics, cultural representations, and social movements around the multinational corporation. Additional research and teaching materials can be found in the Scalar-produced multimedia digital companion to Counter-Cola. 

She is currently at work on a new book project on the relationship between technology and old age, as part of the new, growing field of humanistic studies of aging. 

Professor Ciafone co-edits the University of Illinois books series, The Geopolitics of Information, which publishes critical studies of global media and political economy.