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Dr. Isabel Molina-Guzmán

Associate Professor Latina/Latino Studies and Media and Cinema Studies, Affiliate of Gender & Women's Studies and Latin American and Caribbean Studies

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  • Address: College of Media
    244 Gregory Hall
    M/C 463
    uiuc campus mail, IL 00001
  • Telephone: (217)244-1419
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Isabel Molina-Guzmán is an associate 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. She graduated from the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania (MAC '94; PhD '00). Molina-Guzmán served as Chair of the Department of Latina/Latino Studies 2007-2008, 2009-2012.

Research Description

Isabel Molina-Guzmán 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 CommunicationCritical Studies in Media and Communication.

Specializations / Research Interest(s)

  • ethnoracial identity
  • gender/sexuality
  • media/journalism studies
  • discourse analysis


  • BS in Communication '92, Pennsylvania State University
  • MAC '94, University of Pennsylvania
  • Ph.D. in Communication '00, University of Pennsylvania

Distinctions / Awards

  • 2001-2002 University of Illinois Chancellor's Post-doctoral Associate
  • AEJMC Teaching Award 2006


  • LLS 100 Introduction to Latina/Latino Studies
  • MACS 100 Introduction to Popular Film and Television
  • LLS/MACS 432 Commodifying Difference
  • LLS 385 Theory and Methods in Latina/Latino Studies
  • MACS 351 Social Aspects of the Media
  • LLS/MACS 250 Latinas/os on the Bronze Screen
  • MEDIA 590 Gender, Body, Power
  • MDIA 590 Social Justice, Inequality and the Media
  • MDIA 590 Intro to Ethnicity, Race in Communication

Office Hours

  • W 3 to 5 p.m. and by appointment



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    Molina-Guzmán, Isabel. Dangerous Curves: Latina Bodies in the Media. New York: NYU Press, 2010.

Book Contributions

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    Molina-Guzmán, Isabel. "Salma Hayek’s celebrity story: Mainstream cultural production as commodity activism." Commodity Activism Cultural Resistance in Neoliberal Times. Ed. Roopali Mukherjee and Sarag Banet-Weiser. New York: NYU Press, 2012.

Journal Articles

  • "#OscarsSoWhite: How Stuart Hall explains why nothing has changed and everything is changing in Hollywood." Critical Studies in Media Communication 33.5 (2016): 438-454.

  • Molina-Guzman, Isabel. "Commodifying Black Latinidad in US Film and Television." Popular Communication 11.3 (2013): 211-226.

  • "Mediating Frida: Negotiating Discourses of Latina/o Authenticity in Global Media Representations of Ethnic Identity." Critical Studies in Media Communication 23.3 (2006): 232-251.

  • Molina-Guzmán, Isabel. "Gendering Latinidad Through The Elián News Discourse About Cuban Woman." Latino Studies 3 (2005): 179-2004.