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Jessica Retis

Tucson, Arizona, United States

Professor, School of Journalism; Master's in Bilingual Journalism, Program Director, University of Arizona


Retis holds a Major in Communications (University of Lima) a Masters in Latin American Studies (UNAM Mexico) and a Ph.D. in Contemporary Latin America (Complutense University of Madrid). She worked for two decades as a journalist in Peru, Mexico and Spain and three decades as college instructor in the U.S., Spain and Mexico. She studies Latin America, migration, diasporas, transnationalism; Latino media in Europe, North America and Asia; bilingual journalism and journalism education.

Scholarly beginnings

A research idea

Envisioning possible futures in the field of communication and media studies

Learn more about Prof. Retis’ journey

Selected readings

Román-Velázquez, P., & Retis, J. (Eds.). (2021). Narratives of Migration, Relocation and Belonging: Latin Americans in London. Cham: Palgrave Macmillan.

• Cárdenas, L., González de Bustamante, C., & Retis, J. (2021). To tweet for solidarity or just report the news? Comparing social media strategies of Spanish-and English-language TV networks. Television & New Media22(5), 546-569.

Retis, J., & Cogo, D. (2021). Periodismo de migraciones Producción y consumo de narrativas sobre movilidad humana en tiempos de incertidumbre y plataformas digitales. Estudios sobre el Mensaje Periodístico27(1).

Retis, J., Tsagarousianou, R., & Wiley, J. (Eds.). (2019). The handbook of diasporas, media, and culture. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell.

Retis, J. (2019). Hispanic Media Today: Serving Bilingual and Bicultural Audiences in the Digital Age. Washington, DC: Democracy Fund.

Watch Prof. Retis present on “Bilingual journalism in the digital age: Serving Latinx audiences in translocal contexts” at the Center for Latinx Digital Media

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