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About Dr. Mari Castañeda

Dr. Castañeda received her Ph.D. in Communication at UC San Diego (2000), but also studied with faculty in Ethnic Studies, Sociology, History and Compartive Literature. Consequently, she approaches research and teaching with an interdisciplinary, historical, and critical lens. She is currently a professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and her research interests include the study of digital media and telecommunication policy, Latina/ethnic media studies, and global communications. Dr. Castañeda's work promotes "engaged scholarship" and aims to address inequality, power, community voices, and the role of intersectionalities in shaping media and cultural spaces.


Present Professor / Dept of Communication, University of Massachusetts - Amherst

Honors and Awards

  • 2010 UMass President's Award for Public Service
  • 2009 UMass Amherst Distinguished Academic Outreach Award
  • 2009 Antonia Pantoja Award


  • COMM. 497F - Spanish-language Media and Latina/o Cultural Production
  • COMM. 491B - Digital Media and the Built Environment
  • COMM. 397J - Media and Public Policy
  • COMM. 691B - Media Theories
  • COMM. 611 - Intro to CommTheories
  • COMM. 791B - Political Economy of Communication

Contact Information

Department of Communication
Integrative Learning Center, Office S328
650 North Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA 01003
Tel: 413-545-1307


Books (2)

Articles (12)

Contributions to Books (13)