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Angharad N. Valdivia

Urbana-Champaign, Illinois, United States

Chair, Department of Latina Latino Studies; Research Professor, Institute of Communications Research, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign


Angharad N. Valdivia is Research Professor at the Institute of Communications Research, University of Illinois. Her books include A Latina in the Land of Hollywood; Feminism, Multiculturalism and the Media; A Companion to Media Studies; Latina/o Communication Studies Today; Mapping Latina/o Studies; Latina/os and the Media; and The Gender of Latinidad: Uses and Abuses of Hybridity. She served as editor of Communication Theory and the International Encyclopedia of Media Studies. She is a Fellow of the International Communication Association.

Scholarly beginnings

A research idea

Envisioning possible futures in the field of communication and media studies

Learn more about Prof. Valdivia’s journey

Selected readings

Leon-Boys, D., & Valdivia, A. N. (2021). The location of U.S. Latinidad: Stuck in the Middle, Disney, and the in-between ethnicity. Journal of Children and Media, 15:2, 218-232.

Valdivia, A. N. The Gender of Latinidad: Uses and Abuses of Hybridity.  Malden, MA:  Blackwell/Wiley, 2020.

Blue, M.G. (2017). Girlhood on Disney Channel: Branding, celebrity, and femininity. London: Routledge.

Valdivia, A.N. Mapping Latina/o Studies: An Interdisciplinary Reader (co-ed. with Matt Garcia). New York:  Peter Lang, 2012.

Valdivia, A.N. Latina/os and the Media. Cambridge, U.K.: Polity Press, 2010.

Watch Prof. Valdivia present on “Disney, Gender, Generation and Latinidad? Stuck in the Middle as a metaphor for the ambivalent and ambiguous location of the US’ most numerous 'minority'” at the Center for Latinx Digital Media

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