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Juan Llamas-Rodriguez

 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Assistant Professor, Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania.


Juan Llamas-Rodriguez is assistant professor in the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania. His work appears in Feminist Media Histories; Television and New Media; JCMS; Lateral; and Social Text. His book, Border Tunnels: A Media Theory of the US-Mexico Underground, will be published by the University of Minnesota Press in the fall of 2013.

Scholarly beginnings

A research idea

Envisioning possible futures in the field of communication and media studies

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Selected readings

Juan Llamas-Rodriguez, Border Tunnels: A Media Theory of the U.S.-Mexico Underground (University of Minnesota Press, 2023)

Juan Llamas-Rodriguez, “Indigenismo in Netflix Mexico Original Programming,” in Streaming Video: Storytelling Across Borders, edited by Ramon Lobato and Amanda Lotz (NYU Press, 2023): 225-247.

Juan Llamas-Rodriguez, “First-Person Shooters and the Racial Infrastructures of the U.S.-Mexico Border,” Lateral: Journal of the Cultural Studies Association 10.2 (Fall 2021)

Juan Llamas-Rodriguez, “The ‘Narco-stories’ of Kate del Castillo: Stardom, Gender, and Entrepreneurship in the Age of Narcotrafficking,”Television and New Media 22.3 (2021): 317-334.

Juan Llamas-Rodriguez, “‘Feeling Pirate’: Media Piracy as Affective Practice in Mexican-American Experience,” in Cultures of the Copy: Alternative Economies and Intellectual Property in Latin/o America, edited by Juan Poblete and Victor Goldgel-Carballo (Routledge, 2020): 106-120.


Watch Prof. Llamas-Rodriguez present “Playing ‘the Game’ of Migration” at the Center for Latinx Digital Media

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