Dr. Isabel Molina-Guzmán

Dr. Isabel Molina-Guzmán

Contact Information

Office Hours

  • W 3 to 5 p.m. and by appointment
Associate Professor
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Additional Campus Affiliations


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 Interests

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

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.


  • 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

Selected Publications


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

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, p. 438-454. Article.
Molina-Guzman, Isabel Commodifying Black Latinidad in US Film and Television Popular Communication 11 3 2013, p. 211-226. Popular Communication.
Mediating Frida: Negotiating Discourses of Latina/o Authenticity in Global Media Representations of Ethnic Identity Critical Studies in Media Communication 23 3 2006, p. 232-251.
Molina-Guzmán, Isabel Gendering Latinidad Through The Elián News Discourse About Cuban Woman Latino Studies 3 2005, p. 179-2004.

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 edited by Roopali Mukherjee, edited by Sarag Banet-Weiser. Salma Hayek’s celebrity story: Mainstream cultural production as commodity activism Edited by Roopali Mukherjee, Edited by Sarag Banet-Weiser, New York NYU Press 2012. NYU Press.