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About Amanda M. Ciafone

Amanda Ciafone is a cultural historian of capitalism, especially interested in culture industries and the role of the media in constructing meaning around economic and social relations. Her research and teaching is at the nexus of various fields including cultural history and cultural studies of the United States in the world, especially Latin America; political economy; culture and media industries; history of technology and science; and social movements. She is currently completing her first book about The Coca-Cola Company and the politics, cultural representations, and social movements around the multinational corporation.

Ciafone is also at work on a new book project on the relationship between technology and old age, as part of the new, growing field of the humanistic study of aging.

BA, Brown University; MA & PhD, Yale University


Present Affiliate of the Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Present Assistant Professor of Media & Cinema Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Present Institute for Communications Research, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Research Interests

history of the US in the world, media & cultural studies, history of capitalism & social movements, and transnational & diasporic media

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  • Media History
  • Commodity & Consumer History
  • Introduction to Film & Television
  • Globalization, Media, and Cultural Identities
  • Culture & Global Capitalism: Past & Present
  • Global Media Industries
  • Media and Cultural Histories of Latin America
  • Transnational & Diasporic Media Histories

Contact Information

234 Gregory Hall
810 S. Wright St.
Urbana, IL 61801


Selected Articles (3)

Contributions to Books (2)

Selected Publications (5)