Mirasol Enríquez, the Acting Director of Latino Media Arts & Studies, is a film and media scholar and arts administrator who has devoted her career to community building through film and the 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 (with a focus on film, art, and literature by women of color) from Stanford University. Her scholarship focuses on U.S.-based Latina producers of narrative feature films and media production culture, Chicana/o film, representations of race and gender in media, and activist media and art. Her article, "Josey Faz: Traces of a Tejana in Chicana/o Film History," was recently published in Journal of Cinema and Media Studies. She and Dr. Mary Beltrán are co-editing a special issue of Feminist Media Histories on the topic of Latina Media Histories, which is forthcoming in the Fall of 2021.
Dr. Enríquez, a sixth generation Tejana, has been a community leader in Austin since she and her family moved here in 2015. She has been a guest curator for the Cine Las Americas International Film Festival, a board member at Forklift Danceworks, and the Director of Community Media for the Austin Film Society, where she oversaw their education programs and spearheaded the community media program at Austin Public, the community media center AFS manages for the city of Austin.
Mary Beltrán, former founding director and current Associate Director of Latino Media Arts & Studies, is an Associate Professor and Associate Chair of Media Studies in the Department of Radio-Television-Film and affiliate of Mexican American & Latina/o Studies and Women's and Gender 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. Her forthcoming book, under contract with NYU Press, is titled Televising Latinidad: Navigations of U.S. Storytelling.
Karma R. Chávez serves as the Associate Director of Latino Media Arts & Studies from outside the Moody College. She is Chair and Associate Professor in the Department of Mexican American and Latina/o Studies and affiliate in the Departments of Communication Studies and Rhetoric and Writing, the Center for Mexican American Studies, the LGBTQ Studies Program, and the Center for Women's and Gender Studies. She is co-editor of Text + Field: Innovations in Rhetorical Method (Penn State Press, 2016), Standing in the Intersection: Feminist Voices, Feminist Practices in Communication Studies (SUNY Press, 2012). She is author of Queer Migration Politics: Activist Rhetoric and Coalitional Possibilities (University of Illinois Press, 2013) and the forthcoming book, Palestine on the Air (University of Illinois Press). Karma is co-chair of the College of Liberal Arts Diversity Committee and a member of the radical queer collective Against Equality.
Miguel Alvarez is a Chicano filmmaker and Assistant Professor of Practice with the Department of Radio-Television-Film. His films have garnered awards from the Directors’ Guild of America, Panavision’s Emerging Filmmaker program, the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts, and the National Association of Latino Arts and Culture. His most recent film, Atlantic City, a tale of two drifters in San Antonio, was an inaugural participant in the Kodak + Kickstarter Initiative. He is also a Screenwriting Fellow of the Latino Screenwriting Project sponsored by Cinefestival and Sundance for his sci-fi feature screenplay, La Perdida. Miguel’s documentary short on Latino voting obstacles, The Giant Still Sleeps, was commissioned by the Washington Post and PBS for the 2016 election and his newest project, Voto 2020, is a series of short documentary films looking at Latino issues in five swing states for the upcoming election. His work has screened at numerous festivals around the country, as well as internationally in Korea, Russia, Japan, and throughout Europe. Miguel is a board member for the Austin Film Festival, where he also served for eight years as Executive Producer for their award-winning television show, On Story. He holds both a BS in Mechanical Engineering and MFA in Film Production from the University of Texas at Austin.
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).
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.
Jason Borge is a Professor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese who regularly teaches courses on Latin American film, literature, and music. His interdisciplinary research interrogates the intra-hemispheric dimensions of Latin American cultural production, and specifically the critical reception and imaginative reappropriation of US film and popular music. His latest book, Tropical Riffs: Latin America and the Politics of Jazz (Duke University Press, 2018), examines the ways Latin American cultural and media discourse shaped jazz as a central performative practice and emblem of transnational modernity from the 1920s through the 1980s. His two previous books centered on Hollywood. Both Latin American Writers and the Rise of Hollywood Cinema (Routledge, 2008), and Avances de Hollywood: Crítica cinematográfica en Latinoamérica, 1915-1945 (Beatriz Viterbo, 2005) analyzed the critical and creative impact of the US film industry in the region during the early and middle 20th century. His current research builds on his previous interests on the transnational circuits of cinema and popular music while delving deeper into questions of race, biopolitics, mobility, and critical hemispheric studies.
Cary Cordova is an Associate Professor in American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. She also holds a courtesy appointment with the Center for Mexican American Studies and is a faculty affiliate of the Department of Mexican American and Latina/o Studies. She specializes in Latino and Latina cultural production, including art, music, and the performing arts.
Professor Cordova is originally from San Francisco, where she has focused much of her research. She is the author of The Heart of the Mission: Latino Art and Politics in San Francisco, published by the University of Pennsylvania Press in 2017. This book examines the history, art, and politics of an influential Latino arts movement in San Francisco's Mission District. Her articles include, "Portable Murals: Children's Book Press and the Circulation of Latino Art," in Visual Resources, "Hombres y Mujeres Muralistas on a Mission: Painting Latino Identities in 1970s San Francisco" in Latino Studies and, "The Mission in Nicaragua: San Francisco Poets Go To War," in Beyond El Barrio: Everyday Life in Latina/o America.
George Flaherty is Associate Professor of Latin American and Latinx Art History and Director of the Center for Latin American Visual Studies (CLAVIS) at the University of Texas at Austin. His research and teaching focus primarily on visual, urban, and media cultures in twentieth-century and contemporary Latin America and the Latino U.S., with emphases on Mexico, the Spanish-speaking Caribbean, and their diasporas in the U.S. His interests extend to the urban humanities, postcolonial and subaltern studies, and the historiography of “global contemporary” art. His first book, Hotel Mexico: Dwelling on the ’68 Movement (University of California Press 2016), received support from the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts (National Gallery of Art, Washington), Social Science Research Council, Society of Architectural Historians, and a Fulbright-García Robles grant to Mexico City. Hotel Mexico was recognized with the Arvey Book Award from the Association of Latin American Art in 2017.
Flaherty’s essays and reviews have appeared in Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, Art in Translation, Caiana, and History of Photography, as well as several anthologies and exhibitions catalogs. He has lectured at the University of Chicago, Stanford University, Dartmouth College, Williams College, and Museo Universitario de Arte Contemporáneo.
Rachel González-Martin is an assistant professor in the Department of Mexican American and Latina/o Studies. She studies Latinx folklore and popular culture from the vantage point of race, class and gender formation. She recently co-edited the volume, Race and Cultural Practice in Popular Culture (2018) with Domino Rene Perez. Her single author book Quinceañera Style: Social Belonging and Latinx Consumer Identities comes out in November 2019 with the University of Texas Press.
Laura G. Gutiérrez is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mexican American and Latina/o Studies. Her primary research and teaching areas of interest are: Latin American, Mexican and Latina/o embodied practices, gender and sexuality, and questions of nation, modernity and the transnational. Dr. Gutiérrez is the author of Performing Mexicanidad: Vendidas y Cabareteras on the Transnational Stage (U Texas P, 2010), which won The Ninth Annual MLA Prize in United States Latina and Latino and Chicana and Chicano Literary and Cultural Studies.
Dr. Gutiérrez has published essays and book chapters in the Arizona Journal of Hispanic Culture Studies, Transformations, Spectator, Studies in Latin American Popular Culture, Latin American Literary Review, Feminist Media Studies, Global Mexican Cultural Productions, and Velvet Barrios: Popular Culture & Chicana/o Sexualities.
Maggie Rivas-Rodríguez is a Professor in the School of Journalism with 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.
Iliana Sosa is a documentary and narrative fiction filmmaker based in Austin, Texas. She was born and raised in El Paso, Texas, by Mexican immigrant parents. A former Bill Gates Millennium Scholar, she holds an MFA in film production and directing from UCLA. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Steven Bochco Fellowship, the Hollywood Foreign Press Award, the Edie and Lew Wasserman Fellowship and the National Hispanic Foundation of the Arts Scholarship, among others. Iliana has directed short documentaries, fiction shorts and a narrative fiction feature, Detained In The Desert, which had its World Premiere at the 2012 Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival. In 2017, Firelight Media awarded her an Impact Producer Fellowship. In 2018, she was selected as a Berlinale Talent and co-directed a short documentary, An Uncertain Future, with Chelsea Hernandez. The short screened at the 2018 SXSW Film Festival and won a Jury Award for Best Texas Short. It also screened at the 2018 Aspen ShortsFest where it won the Youth Jury Award. She was a 2018–2019 Sundance Institute Development Fellow with her first feature documentary, Lo que dejamos atras. The film has received additional support from the Ford Foundation and participated in the 2019 True/False Catapult Retreat and the 2020 IFP Documentary Lab. Iliana has also participated in the Logan Nonfiction Residency and the Jacob Burns Residency with the project. She was recently named a 2020 Women at Sundance Adobe Fellow.
Dr. Stacey Sowards teaches courses in communication theory, rhetorical theory, environmental communication, gender and communication, and intercultural communication. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Kansas in 2001.
Her research focuses on environmental, intercultural, and gender and communication in Latin America, Southeast Asia, and the United States. Her dissertation was a study of environmental organizations in Kalimantan, Indonesia, and was funded by a J. William Fulbright grant in 2000-2001. In 2005, she received a Fulbright-Hays grant for further study in Indonesia. She speaks both Spanish and Indonesian.
Her work in communication and rhetoric has been published as book chapters and journal articles. Other research projects focus on cultural and gender representations, and appear in journals such as Argumentation and Advocacy, Communication Studies, Philosophy and Rhetoric, and Communication Theory. Her book, on Dolores Huerta and the United Farm Workers, was published in 2019 with The University of Texas Press. Dr. Stacey K. Sowards served the department chair and a full professor in the department of communication and research fellow in the Sam Donaldson Center at the University of Texas at El Paso for many years before joining the Department of Communication Studies at The University of Texas at Austin.
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.
Staff and Staff Affiliates
Maria Estrada is the Administrative Assistant for the Latino Media Arts & Studies Program. She is a Tejana writer with a passion for amplifying marginalized identities in all aspects of media production and in media criticisms. She graduated from UT in the Spring of 2020 with a BS in Radio-Television-Film and a minor in Latino Media Arts & Studies. Her focus was in media studies and screenwriting. Her recent experience with L-MAS and RTF assists in the fostering of connections between students, faculty, and alumni. A creative and a critic, Estrada enjoys writing comedy and horror scripts as well as media analyses and reviews.
Rosemary Lara, one of our staff affiliates, is the Moody College of Communication's UTLA/UTNY Internship Coordinator. She worked in a variety of positions in television and commercial production, and finally at Lionsgate Films, mostly recently as Executive Director of Feature Film Production. A Los Angeles native, she is a volunteer for the Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival and the Youth in Cinema program, which introduces inner-city kids to the art of filmmaking.
Marisela Campos is a staff affiliate of Latino Media Arts and Studies. She is a Chicana producer and filmmaker based in Austin, TX. She is currently the Office Manager for the University of Texas at Austin's Radio-Television-Film Department, where she received her B.S. with High Honors in Spring 2019, focused on producing Latinx and female driven stories. She is excited to be part of the department and hopes her unique perspective as a recent graduate allows her to connect and support faculty, staff, and students. Campos also serves as the Creative Director & Producer for Michael Goyette's production company, Backlot Pictures, and the co-founder of Like A Girl Entertainment, with her producing partner, Leah Young. Her goal is to amplify the voices of underrepresented filmmakers and writers, so they may tell their stories, and support diverse talent both in front and behind the camera. Some of her producing credits include short films, The Adventures of… from director Sophia Loffreda, The 11th Order from director Joshua DeFour, and Brother by acclaimed director Ya’Ke Smith. Her latest short film, LUPE, is currently on the festival circuit, and follows a Mexican-American woman as she struggles to accept her husband’s new job at an Immigration Detention Center.
Graduate Student Affiliates
Nathan Rossi is a graduate student affiliate of Latino Media Arts and Studies. He is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Radio-Television-Film and his research is in the field of Latinx Media Studies, with a focus on U.S. Central American Cultural Production and Digital Identities. His dissertation project considers how digital technologies help Salvadoran and Guatemalan adoptees in the U.S. mediate their cultural identities. He holds a BA from Boston College in Communication and a MA in Media Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. His thesis on the Latino Threat Narrative in Post-Network Era Television was given the department's award for Outstanding Masters Thesis. He has been published in Critical Studies in Television and Flow Online Journal.
Camila Torres Castro
Camila Torres-Castro is an L-MAS graduate student affiliate. She was born and raised in Guadalajara, México and is a PhD Candidate at the Department of Spanish & Portuguese at UT Austin. Her research revolves around sound in film in Latin America, with a focus on Contemporary Mexico. She is also a DJ with Chulita Vinyl Club and the editor of Pterodáctilo, the online blog of the Dept. of Spanish & Portuguese. She loves cats, the ocean, and hosting parties.