Henry Geddes

Associate Professor
N362 Integrative Learning Center
Fall 2015 office hours: TuTh 1:00-2:30, & by appt.
(413) 545-1901

My work has been informed by political economy/ecology, the study of cultural production and reception, and coloniality. This has involved three areas of focus: 1) the role of cultural industries and information technologies in the mediation of society, particularly in Latin America, 2) communication as a contested site of representation, subjectivity and governance, and, 3) lived experience. Publications include co-edited books on communication, cultural policies and social change in Latina America, as well as essays in a number of collections and journals such as Organization, Studies in Latin American Popular Culture, Journal of Film and Video, Comunicacion y Sociedad, and Passages.


PhD, University of Texas Austin

Courses Taught: 

Undergraduate: Global Communication Theories and Issues, Global Cultural Industries, Music and Communication. Graduate: Global Culture and Communication; Communication, Ecology, Sustainability; Media Theory; Music and Communication


The Cultural Dynamics of Tourism and Sustainability in Quintana Roo, Mexico. Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, 2010. Forthcoming book edited with Magali Daltabuit.

"From Colonial Encounters to Transnational Media Flows: Visual Culture and Hegemony in the Yucatan." In Denize Araujo (ed.) Communication and Culture: visual representations of human rights in Latin America. Porto Alegre, Brasil: Ed. Plus, 2010.

"Tourism, Mass Media and the Making of Visual Culture in the Greater Yucatan Peninsula," Journal of Film and Video, Volume 60, No. 2 & 3, Summer/Fall, 2008.

“Icon, Conquest, Globalization: The Politics of Reconstructing Difference in the Americas,” Passages: Journal for the Study of Transnationalism and Multiculturalism. Vol. 1, no.1, 1999.

Special journal issue -- Organizations of Culture/Cultures of Organization: Understanding Contemporary Latin America and its Organizations. Co-edited with Marta Calas and Arturo Escobar. Organization: The Inerdisciplinary Journal of Organization, Theory and Society, Vol. 4, no. 4, 1997.

“Mass Media and Cultural Identity among the Yucatec Maya: The Constitution of National and Local Subjects,” Studies in Latin American Popular Culture, 1996.


PI--Wenner Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, Inc, 2008 - 2009, International Collaborative Research Grant. Title: "Environmental Discourses and the Production of Ideologies in the Tourism Economy of Tulum, Quintana Roo, Mexico." Amount: $35,000

CPI--Wenner Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, Inc, 2001-2003, Title: "The social and ecological effects of tourism and communication in Quintana Roo, Mexico." Amount: $17,500.

CPI--Wenner Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, Inc, 1994. Title: "Tourism development, mass media and changing Maya worlds." Amount: $12,000

Current Projects: 

Current research involves a collaborative project in Quintana Roo, Mexico, which examines the role of communication and tourism in processes of rapid socio-cultural and environmental change. Book in progress: Tourism, Communication and Social Change in the Costa Maya. Other areas of current research include music as communication and visual communication in Latin America.