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Isabel Molina-Guzmán is a professor in Latina/Latino Studies, Media & Cinema Studies and a faculty affiliate of Gender & Women’s Studies and Latin American & Caribbean Studies at the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign. Molina-Guzmán served as Chair of the Department of Latina/Latino Studies 2007-2008, 2009-2012. She currently serves as the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Faculty Director of Diversity and Inclusion, and the Graduate College Faculty Director of the Sloan Universisty Center for Exemplary Mentoring.

Research Interests

ethnoracial identity
gender/sexuality
media/journalism studies
discourse analysis

Professional Information

Isabel Molina-Guzmán's research examines the relationship between ethnoracial, gender, sexual identity and media discourses in the reproduction of inequality.  She is author of Dangerous Curves: Latina Bodies in the Media (NYU Press, 2010) and Latinas and Latinos on Television: Colorblind Comedy in the Postracial Network Era (University of Arizona Press, 2018). Her works have appeared in numerous edited collected and academic journals such as Latino Studies, Journalism, Popular Communication, Critical Studies in Media and Communication.

Office Address

Department of Latina/Latino Studies
1207 W. Oregon Street
M/C 136

Office Phone

Education/Academic qualification

Communication, Ph.D. , University of Pennsylvania

… → 2000

MAC, University of Pennsylvania

… → 1994

Communication, BS, Pennsylvania State University

… → 1992

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Research Output

Gender, Race, and Power: The Gendered Racialization of Puerto Ricans inTV News Coverage of Hurricane Maria

Molina-­Guzmán, I., Feb 12 2019, Journalism, Gender and Power. Routledge Taylor & Francis Group, 16 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • Preface

    Molina-Guzmán, I. & Carter, C., Jan 2 2019, In : Feminist Media Studies. 19, 1, p. 1-2 2 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalEditorial

    Why "Hollywood Remains "So White" and a Note on How to Change It

    Molina-­Guzmán, I., Sep 29 2019, The Myth of Colorblindness: Race and Ethnicity in American Cinema. 1 ed. Palgrave/Macmillan, p. 35-59

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

    Investigating the needs and wants of healthcare providers for promoting exercise in persons with multiple sclerosis: A qualitative study

    Learmonth, Y. C., Adamson, B. C., Balto, J. M., Chiu, C. Y., Molina-Guzman, I. M., Finlayson, M., Barstow, E. A. & Motl, R. W., May 22 2018, In : Disability and Rehabilitation. 40, 18, p. 2172-2180 9 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Latinas and Latinos on TV: Colorblind Comedy in the Post-racial Network Era

    Molina-­Guzmán, I., 2018, Tucson: University of Arizona Press. 152 p. (Latinx Pop Culture)

    Research output: Book/ReportBook