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María Elena Cepeda

Williamstown, Massachusetts, United States

Professor of Latina/o/x Studies; Faculty affiliate in Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies and American Studies, Williams College


Cepeda is author of Musical ImagiNation: U.S.-Colombian Identity and the Latin Music Boom and co-editor of The Routledge Companion to Latina/o Media. Her recent work appears in Communication, Culture & Critique, Latino Studies, and South Atlantic Quarterly, and her commentary is featured in NPR, The New York Times, and Rolling Stone.

Scholarly beginnings

A research idea

Envisioning possible futures in the field of communication and media studies

Learn more about Prof. Cepeda’s journey

Selected readings

Cepeda, María Elena. Musical ImagiNation: U.S.-Colombian Identity and the Latin Music Boom (New York: New York University Press, 2010).

Cepeda, María Elena. Co-editor (with Dolores Inés Casillas), The Routledge Companion to Latina/o Media (New York: Routledge, 2017).

Cepeda, María Elena. “Beyond ‘Filling in the the Gap’: Latina/o Feminist Media Studies and the Politics of Citation,” Feminist Media Studies, 16.2, 344-360 (April 2016).

Cepeda, María Elena. “Putting a “Good Face on the Nation”: Beauty, Memes and the Gendered Rebranding of Global Colombianidad” (WSQ: Women’s Studies Quarterly, 46.1-2, 121-138 (Spring-Summer 2018)).

Cepeda, María Elena. “Thrice Unseen, Forever on Borrowed Time: Latina Feminist Reflections on Mental Disability and the Neoliberal Academy” (South Atlantic Quarterly 120:2, 301-320, 2021).


Watch Prof. Cepeda present on “Loca/x Epistemologies: Reframing Gendered Madness on the Locatora Radio Podcast” at the Center for Latinx Digital Media

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