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Isabel Molina-­Guzmán

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Contact Information

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



Isabel Molina-Guzmán is a professor in Latina/Latino Studies, Communication, and a faculty affiliate of the Institute of Communication Research, 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
media/journalism studies
discourse analysis

Research Description

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.


Communication, Ph.D. , University of Pennsylvania
MAC, University of Pennsylvania
Communication, BS, Pennsylvania State University

Additional Campus Affiliations

Associate Dean for Student Academic Affairs, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Professor, Latina/Latino Studies
Professor, Communication
Professor, Gender and Women's Studies
Professor, Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory
Professor, Institute of Communications Research

Recent Publications

Molina-Guzmán, I., & Carter, C. (2019). Preface. Feminist Media Studies, 19(1), 1-2.

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: Race and Ethnicity in American Cinema: Race and Ethnicity in American Cinema (pp. 35-57). Palgrave Macmillan.

Molina-­Guzmán, I. (2019). Gender, Race, and Power: The Gendered Racialization of Puerto Ricans inTV News Coverage of Hurricane Maria. In Journalism, Gender and Power Routledge Taylor & Francis Group.

Learmonth, Y. C., Adamson, B. C., Balto, J. M., Chiu, C. Y., Molina-Guzman, I. M., Finlayson, M., Barstow, E. A., & Motl, R. W. (2018). Investigating the needs and wants of healthcare providers for promoting exercise in persons with multiple sclerosis: A qualitative study. Disability and Rehabilitation, 40(18), 2172-2180.

Molina-­Guzmán, I. (2018). Latinas and Latinos on TV: Colorblind Comedy in the Post-racial Network Era. (Latinx Pop Culture). University of Arizona Press.

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