Mari Castañeda

Professor & Dean, Commonwealth Honors College
N352 Integrative Learning Center

My research interests include community based learning and civic engagement, Latinx/ethnic media studies, and global communications. My work promotes engaged scholarship and aims to address inequality, power, community voices, and the role of intersectionalities in shaping media and cultural spaces.  My co-edited books include: Civic Engagement in Diverse Latinx Communities: Learning from Social Justice Partnerships in Action (2018, Peter Lang Publishers), Mothers in Academia (2013, Columbia University Press) and Soap Operas and Telenovelas in the Digital Age: Global Industries and New Audiences (2011, Peter Lang Publishers).

As a faculty member, I am also affiliated with the Center for Latin American, Caribbean and Latina/o Studies, and the Department of Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies.

ScholarWorks (including examples of community-based student work):

Profiles of my work:


Ph.D. (2000) University of California, San Diego / Communication (emphasis: political economy, cultural studies, ethnic studies, global media)                                   B.A. (1993) University of California, Los Angeles / Communication (emphasis: Chicana/Latino studies, media studies)                                                                                       Areas of academic study: Transcultural Political Economy/Cultural Studies, Critical Digital Media, Chicana/o & Latina/o Studies, Gender Studies, Ethnic Studies, Media Studies, Labor in Academia

Courses Taught: 

Undergraduate: Media and Public Policy; Digital Media and the Built Environment; Latinx Media Studies. Graduate: Political Economy of Communication; Introduction to Communication Theories; Media Theories



Civic Engagement in Diverse Latinx Communities: Learning from Social Justice Partnerships in Action. (2018). Castañeda, M. and Krupczynski, K. (Eds.).  New York, NY: Peter Lang Publishers.

Mothers in Academia. (2013). Castañeda, M. and Isgro, K. (Eds.).  New York, NY: Columbia University Press.

Soap Operas and Telenovelas in the Digital Age: Global Industries and New Audiences. (2011). Rios, D.I. and Castañeda, M. (Eds.).  New York, NY: Peter Lang Publishers.   


Castañeda, M. (2020). Applying Latina/o Critical Communication Theory to Anti-Blackness. In Lori Kido Lopez, Race and Media: Critical Approaches. New York, NY: NYU Press.  

Alemán, M., Evans-Zepeda, C.A., and Castañeda, M. (2019). Deconstructing “Build that Wall”: A Latina/o critical communication theory analysis. In L. Hernandez, D. Bowen, A. Martinez, & S. de los Santos Upton (Eds.), Latina/o Communication Studies: Theories, Methods, and Practice. New York, NY: Lexington Books.

Castañeda, M. (2018). "Television and its Impact on Latinx Communities.” In Ilan Stavans, editor (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Latino Studies. Oxford: UK.

Castañeda, M., Alemán, S. M., & Anguiano, C. (2017). Voicing for space in academia: Testimonios of Chicana communication professors. Chicana/Latina Studies Journal, 16(2): 158-188.

Castañeda, M. (2017). "Media." In D. Vargas, L. La Fountain-Stokes, and N. Mirabal (Eds.), Keywords for Latina/o Studies. New York, NY: NYU Press.

Castañeda, M., Zambrana, R., Marsh, K, Vega, W, Becerra, R, & Perez, D. (2015). "Role of institutional climate on underrepresented faculty perceptions and decision making in use of work–family policies." Journal of Family Relations, 64(5): 711-725.

Castañeda, M., Fuentes-Bautista, M. & Baruch, F. (2015). "Media representation of marginalized groups and public policy discourse: Between misrecognition and resistance."  Journal of Social Issues, special issue by D. Mastro and R. Tukachinsky, Eds.

Anguiano, C. & Castañeda, M. (2014). "Forging a path: Past and present scope of critical race theory and Latina/o critical race theory in Communication Studies." Review of Communication, 14(2): 107-124.

Castañeda, M.  (2014).  "La lucha sigue: Latina and Latino labor in the U.S. media industries."  Kalfou: Journal of the UCSB Center for Black Studies Research

Castañeda, M. (2014). "The role of media policy in shaping the U.S Latino radio industry."  In A. Dávila and Y. Rivero (Eds.), Contemporary Latina/o Media: Production, Circulation, Politics.  New York, NY: NYU Press. 

Castañeda, M. & Hames-Garcia, M.  (2014).  "Breaking the associate professor glass ceiling."  In S. Fryberg and E. Martinez (Eds.), Engaging our faculties: Faculty of color and university administrators on diversity and excellence in higher education.  New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan.

Castañeda, M.  (2013).  "The significance of U.S. Spanish-language radio."  In P. M. Montilla (Ed.), Latinos and American Popular Culture.  New York, NY: Praeger. 

Báez, J. & Castañeda, M. (2013).  "Two sides of the same story: Media narratives of Latinos and the subprime crisis."  Critical Studies in Media Communication (published online Oct. 1, 2013).

Castañeda, M. (2013). "Television set production in the era of digital TV."  In A. Valdivia and V. Mayer (Eds.), The international Encyclopedia of Media Studies: Production  Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishers.,descCd-tableOfContents.html

Castañeda, M. (2012). "Feeling good while buying goods: Promoting commodity activism to Latina consumers."  In R. Mukherjee and S. Banet-Weiser (Eds.), Commodity Activism: Social action in Neoliberal Times   New York, NY: New York University Press.

Castañeda, M. (2011). "The transcultural political economy of telenovelas and soap operas in the digital age."  In D. Rios and M. Castañeda (Eds.), Soap Operas and Telenovelas in the Digital age: Global Industries and New Audiences (pp. 3-19).  New York, NY: Peter Lang Publishers.

Castañeda, M. (2011). "¡Adelante! Advancing social justice through Latina/o community media."  In J. Pooley, S.C. Jansen and L. Taub (Eds.), Media and Democracy: Critical Media Scholarship and Social Justice (pp. 115-130). New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan.

Castañeda, M. (2009). "Sí, se puede: "Teaching Latina/o studies in predominantly white universities."  Latino Studies Journal, 7(2), 250-251.

Castañeda, M. (2008). "Transformative learning through community engagement."  Latino Studies Journal, 6, 319-326.

Castañeda, M. (2008). "The importance of Spanish-language and Latino media."  In A. Valdivia (Ed.), Latina/o Communication Studies Today (pp.51-68).  Peter Lang Publishers.

Castañeda, M. (2008). "Latinidad, cultural policy, and Spanish-language media in the U.S.A."  In A. Laó-Montes and N.R. Mirabal (Eds.), Technofuturos: Critical interventions in Latina/o Studies (pp. 255-268).  Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.




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