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Mary Beltrán

Associate Professor Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin



Mary Beltrán is an Associate Professor of Radio-Television-Film, specializing in critical race studies and television and film studies. She is a faculty affiliate of the Center for Mexican American Studies and Department of American Studies; some of her courses also count toward the College of Communication’s undergraduate certificate in Latino Media Studies.

Her research is focused on the construction of race, class, and gender—with particular emphasis on Latina/os and mixed race representation— in U.S. television, film, and celebrity culture, and how media texts and producers articulate and challenge social hierarchies and group identities. She also has strong interest in and teaches on U.S. television and film history, critical and cultural studies of television and film, celebrity studies, feminist media studies, media activism and alternative media.

Dr. Beltrán has published on a wide variety of topics, including the evolution of Latina/o film and television production and stardom since the 1920s, the implications of the rising visibility of mixed-race actors and characters, Latina action film heroines, and the increasing “Latinization” of television and film narratives in the post-millennial era.  She is the author of Latina/o Stars in U.S. Eyes: The Making and Meanings of Film and TV Stardom (University of Illinois Press, 2009) and co-editor, with Camilla Fojas, of Mixed Race Hollywood (NYU Press, 2008).  Her current projects include the essay “Fast and Bilingual: The Fast Franchise’s Lucrative Embodiment of U.S. Borderlands” and the book manuscript Post Race Pop? Strategic ‘Racelessness’ in Millennial Media Culture.


Critical and Cultural studies of the Construction of Race, Class, and Gender in U.S. Film and Television; with specializations in Latina/os and Media and Mixed Race and U.S. Media Culture.

MAS 392 • Latina Feminisms And Media

36737 • Spring 2014
Meets W 200pm-500pm CMA 6.172
(also listed as WGS 393 )
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This graduate seminar surveys Chicana and Latina feminist scholarship, activism, and creative expression, with an emphasis on media production.  We will explore the rise and development of Latina feminisms and activism in relation to the Chicana/o, Puerto Rican, and U.S. women’s movements and in relation to historical and social contexts for women and girls of Mexican American and other U.S. Latina heritage.  The last half of the course will survey scholarship on Latina participation and representation in mediated popular culture and strategies of resistance enacted through Latina film and media production.  

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