Affiliated Faculty and Staff

Mary Beltran

Mary Beltrán

Mary Beltrán, an associate professor in the Department of Radio-Television-Film and affiliate of the Department of Mexican American & Latina/o Studies and Center for Women's and Gender Studies, is the current Director of Latino Media Arts & Studies. She specializes in U.S. Latina/o media studies, Latina/o representation and media production, and racial diversity and the U.S. film and television industries. Dr. Beltrán is the author of Latina/o Stars in U.S. Eyes: The Making and Meanings of Film and TV Stardom and co-editor, with Camilla Fojas, of Mixed Race Hollywood. She served as an elected member of the Board of Directors for the Society for Cinema and Media Studies from 2014-2017 and has been an invited panelist to The Ford Foundation and National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship selection panels. She is currently working on Latinx Television: Storytelling, Advocacy, and Cultural Citizenship, under contract with NYU Press.

Charles Ramírez Berg

Charles Ramírez Berg, Joe M. Dealy, Sr. Professor of Media Studies in the Department of Radio-Television-Film, is a member of the Academy of Distinguished Teachers and has won every major teaching award at The University of Texas. Most recently, he was the recipient of the Board of Regents’ Outstanding Teacher Award and was named one of The University of Texas’ Top Ten Great Professors in the June 2011 issue of the UT alumni magazine, The Alcalde. Dr. Ramírez Berg is the author of The Classical Mexican Cinema: The Poetics of the Mexican Golden Age, which was the Grand Prize winner of the 2016 University Co-op Robert W. Hamilton Book Award. His other books include Latino Images in Film: Stereotypes, Subversion, and Resistance, Cinema of Solitude: A Critical Study of Mexican Film, 1967-, and Posters from the Golden Age of Mexican Cinema, Dr. Ramírez Berg is on the National Film Preservation Board of the Library of Congress and is a founder of the Austin Film Society, along with director Rick Linklater.

Maggie Rivas-Rodríguez

Maggie Rivas-Rodríguez, Professor in the School of Journalism, has more than 17 years of daily news experience, mostly as a reporter, for the Boston Globe,, WFAA-TV in Dallas and the Dallas Morning News. Her research interests include the intersection of oral history and journalism and U.S. Latinos and the news media. Rivas-Rodriguez founded the Voces Oral History Project (formerly the U.S. Latino and Latina World War II Oral History Project), which has videotaped interviews with over 960 men and women, in 1999. The project has several components designed for audiences ranging from school children, to academics, to the general public. Voces has organized conferences, produced books and mini-documentaries, co-produced a play, created educational materials, and become a resource for documentary film producers, scholars, journalists and the general public. Dr. Rivas-Rodríguez also has been active in efforts to bring greater diversity to the news media. Her publications include Texas Mexican Americans and Postwar Civil Rights and the edited and co-edited collections Latina/os and World War II: Mobility, Agency, and Ideology, Beyond the Latino WWII Hero: Social and Political Legacies of the Latino WWII Generation, A Legacy More than Words: Stories of U.S. Latinos & Latinas of the WWII Generation,, and Mexican Americans and World War II.

Joseph Straubhaar

Joseph D. Straubhaar is the Amon G. Carter Centennial Professor of Communications in the Department of Radio-TV-Film and the former Director of the Center for Brazilian Studies within the Lozano Long Institute for Latin American Studies. His primary teaching and research interests are in global media, digital media and the digital divide in the U. S. and other countries, Brazilian and Latin American television, media and migration, and global television production and flow; his research has been based in Brazil, other Latin America countries, Europe, Asia and Africa. His publications include World Television from Global to Local, Television In Latin America, co-authored with John Sinclair, Media Now, a textbook co-authored with Bob LaRose, and the co-edited collections Políticas de informação e comunicação, jornalismo e inclusão digital: O Local e o Global em Austin e Salvador (Information and communication policy, journalism and digital inclusion: The local and global in Austin and Salvador), and The Persistence of Inequity in the Technopolis: Race, Class and the Digital Divide in Austin, Texas.

Rosental Alves

Rosental Alves, Professor in the School of Journalism, has been a working journalist for almost three decades in Brazil, Spain, Argentina, Mexico, and the United States. He was chosen in 1995 from approximately 200 candidates to be the first holder of the Knight Chair in International Journalism, created by a $1.5 million endowment from the James L. and John S. Knight Foundation. It is a four-year project with a focus on educating journalists from Latin America and the Caribbean. The Knight Center is based at the School of Journalism, but reaches thousands of journalists throughout the hemisphere.

In Rio de Janeiro, Alves was the managing editor and member of the board of directors of Jornal do Brasil, one of the most important Brazilian newspapers. In 1991, he created the first online, real-time finance news service, the first in Brazil. And in 1994, Alves managed the launching of Jornal do Brasil's online edition, making it the first Brazilian newspaper available on the Internet.

Alves teaches and does research on international reporting (emphasizing the work of foreign correspondents), journalism in Latin America (especially the struggle for a free press in the hemisphere), and Internet journalism (the creation of a new genre of journalism for the digital medium).

Jacqueline Pinkowitz

Jacqueline Pinkowitz

Jacqueline Pinkowitz, the Program Assistant for Latino Media Arts & Studies, is a doctoral candidate in Media Studies in the Department of Radio-Television-FIlm. Her work on mediations of race, place, and identity, industrial and cultural histories of popular media, and the politics of othering and difference have appeared in Journal of Popular Film and Television and Journal of Transformative Works and is forthcoming in an edited book collection. She is currently completing her dissertation, which explores the relationship between blackness, whiteness, and the southern imaginary in films of the long civil rights era. She serves as Gradate Student Representative of the Urbanism, Geography and Architecture SIG for the Society for Cinema and Media Studies and previously was Co-Managing Editor of Flow, the online journal of media studies, and a member of the Velvet Light Trap editorial board.

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Mirasol Enríquez

Mirasol Enríquez, Lecturer in Radio-Television-Film and LMÁS affiliate, is a film and media scholar, cultural worker, and video editor who has devoted her career to community building through film and the other arts. She holds a Ph.D. in Cinema and Media Studies from UCLA, an M.A. in Cinema Studies from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, and a B.A. in Feminist Studies from Stanford University. She has previously served as a Research Scholar for the UCLA Center for the Study of Women and her scholarship focuses on Latina producers of feature films, media production culture, and representations of race and gender in media. Her article, "Josey Faz: Traces of a Tejana in Chicana/o Film History," is forthcoming in the Journal of Cinema and Media Studies (Summer 2020).

Mirasol is currently on the Board of Directors at Forklift Danceworks. Her media industry experience includes serving as Director of Community Media at the Austin Film Society (AFS), where she oversaw the education programs and spearheaded the Community Media initiative at Austin Public, the community media center AFS manages for the city of Austin.