Isabel Molina-­Guzmán

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Contact Information

Department of Latina/Latino Studies
1207 W. Oregon Street
M/C 136


Isabel Molina-Guzmán is a professor in Latina/Latino Studies, Media & Cinema Studies and a faculty affiliate of Gender & Women’s Studies and Latin American & Caribbean Studies at the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign. Molina-Guzmán served as Chair of the Department of Latina/Latino Studies 2007-2008, 2009-2012. She currently serves as the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Faculty Director of Diversity and Inclusion, and the Graduate College Faculty Director of the Sloan Universisty Center for Exemplary Mentoring.

Research Interests

  • ethnoracial identity
  • gender/sexuality
  • media/journalism studies
  • discourse analysis

Research Description

Isabel Molina-Guzmán's research examines the relationship between ethnoracial, gender, sexual identity and media discourses in the reproduction of inequality.  She is author of Dangerous Curves: Latina Bodies in the Media (NYU Press, 2010) and Latinas and Latinos on Television: Colorblind Comedy in the Postracial Network Era (University of Arizona Press, 2018). Her works have appeared in numerous edited collected and academic journals such as Latino Studies, Journalism, Popular Communication, Critical Studies in Media and Communication.


Communication, Ph.D. , University of Pennsylvania
MAC, University of Pennsylvania
Communication, BS, Pennsylvania State University

Additional Campus Affiliations

Faculty Director for Diversity and Inclusion, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Professor, Institute of Communications Research
Professor, Media and Cinema Studies
Professor, Gender and Women's Studies
Professor, Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory

Recent Publications

Molina-­Guzmán, I. (2019). Gender, Race, and Power: The Gendered Racialization of Puerto Ricans inTV News Coverage of Hurricane Maria. In Journalism, Gender and Power Routledge Taylor & Francis Group.

Molina, I., & Carter, C. (2019). Preface. Feminist Media Studies, 19(1), 1-2.

Learmonth, Y. C., Adamson, B. C., Balto, J. M., Chiu, C-Y., Molina, I., Finlayson, M., ... Motl, R. W. (2018). Investigating the needs and wants of healthcare providers for promoting exercise in persons with multiple sclerosis: A qualitative study. Disability and Rehabilitation, 40(18), 2172-2180.

Molina-­Guzmán, I. (2018). Latinas and Latinos on TV: Colorblind Comedy in the Post-racial Network Era. (Latinx Pop Culture). Tucson: University of Arizona Press.

Learmonth, Y. C., Adamson, B. C., Balto, J. M., Chiu, C-Y., Molina, I., Finlayson, M., ... Motl, R. W. (2017). Identifying preferred format and source of exercise information in persons with multiple sclerosis that can be delivered by health-care providers. Health Expectations, 20(5), 1001-1010.

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