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Mari Castañeda

Amherst, Massachusetts, United States

Dean, Commonwealth Honors College; Professor, Department of Communication, University of Massachusetts Amherst


Mari Castañeda is Professor of Communication and Dean of the Commonwealth Honors College at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Her fields of study include Latinx/Chicana media studies and political economy of communication. Her recent co-edited book is Civic Engagement in Latinx Communities: Learning from Social Justice Partnerships in Action.

Scholarly beginnings

A research idea

Envisioning possible futures in the field of communication and media studies

Learn more about Prof. Castañeda’s journey

Selected readings

Castañeda, M. and Krupczynski, K. (Eds.). (2018). Civic Engagement in Diverse Latinx Communities: Learning from Social Justice Partnerships in Action. New York, NY: Peter Lang Publishers.

• Castañeda, M. (2017). Media.  In D. Vargas, L. La Fountain-Stokes, and N. Miraban (Eds.), Keywords for Latina/o Studies. New York, NY: NYU Press.

Castañeda, M., Fuentes-Bautista, M. & Baruch, F. (2015). Media representation of marginalized groups and public policy discourse: Between misrecognition and resistance.  Journal of Social Issues, special issue by D. Mastro and R. Tukachinsky, Eds.

Anguiano, C. & Castañeda, M. (2014). Forging a path: Past and present scope of critical race theory and Latina/o critical race theory in Communication Studies. Review of Communication14(2): 107-124.

• Castañeda, M. and Isgro, K. (Eds.). (2013). Mothers in Academia. New York, NY: Columbia University Press.

Watch Prof. Castañeda present on “Voicing racism and resistance: A Latina/o Critical Communication Theory analysis of the 'Build that Wall' discourse” at the Center for Latinx Digital Media

Listen to Prof. Castañeda’s insights about her professional journey in El Café Latinx podcast