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Hector Amaya

 Los Angeles, California, United States

Professor of Communication Studies and Director of USC’s Annenberg School of Communication


Hector Amaya researches Latinx media studies, immigration, and transnationalism. In addition to dozens of articles, he is the author of three books. His latest, Trafficking: Narcoculture in Mexico and the United States (Duke UP, 2020), explores changes to publicity due to the violence in Mexico and the United States.

Scholarly beginnings

A research idea

Envisioning possible futures in the field of communication and media studies

Learn more about Prof. Amaya’s journey

Selected readings

• Amaya, Hector. Trafficking: Narcoculture in Mexico and the United States. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, April 2020. 

• Amaya, Hector. “The Cultures of Anonymity and Violence in the Mexican Blogosphere. International Journal of Communication 11(2017): 3815-3831.

• Amaya, Hector. The Deterritorialized Political Economy of Narcocorridos in the USA. In The Routledge Companion to Latina/o Media, María Elena Cepeda and Dolores Inés Casillas (eds), Routledge: pp. 274-287. 

• Amaya, Hector. Citizenship Excess: Latino/as, Media, and the Nation. New York: New York University Press, May 2013. 

• Amaya, Hector. Screening Cuba: Film Criticism as Political Performance During the Cold War. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, Sept. 2010.

Watch Prof. Amaya present on “The uses and misuses of anonymity in the Mexican blogosphere” at the Center for Latinx Digital Media

Listen to Prof. Amaya’s insights about his professional journey in El Café Latinx podcast