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Isabel Molina-Guzmán

Urbana-Champaign, Illinois, United States

Professor, Department of Latina/Latino Studies; Department of Communication; Associate Dean of Diversity & Inclusion, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


Isabel Molina-Guzmán is a professor of communication and Latina/Latino Studies with affiliations in Gender & Women Studies, Latin American & Caribbean Studies and the Institute of Communications Research at the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign. She currently serves as the associate dean of diversity and inclusion for the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences and faculty director of the Illinois Sloan University Center for Exemplary Mentoring. Molina-Guzmán founded the Ethnicity Race in Communication Division of the International Communication in 2005, and currently serves as co-editor of the journal Feminist Media Studies. She is the author of more than two dozen academic articles and two books, Latinas/Latinos on Television (2018) and Latina Bodies in the Media (2010). Her research expertise on Latinas/Latinos, gender, race, ethnicity, and communication has been featured at the 2016 White House Conference on Women and Girls of Color, The New York Times, and National Public Radio among other outlets.

Scholarly beginnings

A research idea

Envisioning possible futures in the field of communication and media studies

Learn more about Prof. Molina-Guzmán’s journey

Selected readings

Molina-Guzmán, I. (2021). Into the spider-verse and the commodified (re) imagining of afro-rican visibility. In G. T. Carter et al. (Eds), Mixed-race superheroes. New Jersey: Rutgers University Press.

Molina-Guzmán, I. (2019). The gendered racialization of Puerto Ricans in TV news coverage of Hurricane Maria. Journalism, Gender & Power, 331-346.

• Molina-Guzmán, I. (2019). Why Hollywood remains “SoWhite” and a note on how to change it. In S. E. Turner & S. Nilsen (Eds.), The myth of colorblindness (pp. 35-57). Cham: Palgrave Macmillan.

Molina-Guzmán, I. (2018). Latinas and Latinos on TV: Colorblind comedy in the post-racial network era. Tucson, AZ: University of Arizona Press.

Molina-Guzmán, I. (2010). Dangerous curves : Latina bodies in the media. New York, NY: New York University Press.

Watch Isabel Molina-Guzmán present on “Black/Latinidad: Racial performance as visual technology” at the Center for Latinx Digital Media

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