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Litzy Galarza

 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States

Assistant Professor, Department of Communication, University of Pittsburgh


Dr. Litzy Galarza is an Assistant Professor of Communication at the University of Pittsburgh. Galarza’s research lies at the intersections of Latina/o/x media, citizenship, and advertising studies. Her work is most concerned with Latina/o/x citizenship and labor in the culture industries. Galarza’s latest work has been published in the International Journal of Communication, the Howard Journal of Communications, and in the 2021 anthology “Immigrant Generations, Media Representations, and Audiences” edited by Dr. Omotayo O. Banjo.

Scholarly beginnings

A research idea

Envisioning possible futures in the field of communication and media studies

Learn more about Prof. Litzy Galarza’s journey

Selected readings

Galarza, L. (2020) American Jane?: Jane The Virgin’s political imagination of gendered and transnational Latina/o citizenship. (Dissertation). Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania.

Galarza, L. (2022). Alba the Undocumented: Immigration Law and Citizenship Excess in Jane the Virgin. Howard Journal of Communications, 33:2, 160-179,

Galarza, L., & Stoltzfus-Brown, L. (2021). 84 Lumber’s Constrained Polysemy: Limiting Interpretive Play and the Power of Audience Agency in Inspirational Immigrant Narratives. International Journal of Communication, 15, 20, 41-60,

Galarza, L. (2021). Language, Telenovelas, and Citizenship: A Mexican Immigrant’s Exploration of First-Generation American Narratives in Jane The Virgin. In: O.O. Banjo (Ed.). Immigrant Generations, Media Representations, and Audiences. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham.

Galarza, L., & Rodríguez Burciaga P.A. (2021). Un Puente a la Mesa: The Role of Cultural Translators in the Production of Disney/Pixar’s Coco. In: O.O. Banjo (Ed.). Immigrant Generations, Media Representations, and Audiences. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham. 


Watch Prof. Galarza present “Cultural Translation and Latinx Labor in Disney/Pixar’s Coco” at the Center for Latinx Digital Media

Listen to Prof. Galarza’s insights about her professional journeys in El Café Latinx podcast