Hector Amaya is a professor of communication in the USC Annenberg. He has authored three books and has published dozens of articles on the issues of globalization, Latin American media, comparative media studies, immigration, and Latinx media studies.
A leader in his intellectual community, Amaya is the past chair of the Latina/o Communication Studies Division of the National Communication Association (NCA), the past chair of NCA’s La Raza Caucus, and the past chair of the Latino Caucus of the Society of Cinema and Media Studies. His most recent work, Trafficking: Narcoculture in Mexico and the United States (forthcoming with Duke University Press), analyzes the way Mexico’s criminal drug violence and new media technologies structure publicness in Mexico and the United States. His previous book, Citizenship Excess: Latinas/os, Media and the Nation (NYU Press), examines the mainstreaming after 9/11 of anti-Latino nativism in politics and in media. His first book, Screening Cuba: Film Criticism as Political Performance During the Cold War (University of Illinois Press), is a comparative study of film reception of Cuban film, cultural criticism, and citizenship in Cuba and the USA from the 1960s to 1985.
Amaya was born and raised in Mexico and began his education at the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana (Mexico City). He has advanced degrees from the University of Calgary and the University of Texas at Austin. Prior to joining USC Annenberg, Amaya was a professor of media studies at the University of Virginia. He is a past member of the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) at Princeton in the School of Social Science.
Awards and honors:
School of Social Science Membership at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton (2018)
Trafficking: Narcoculture in Mexico and the United States, author (Duke University Press, 2020).
Citizenship Excess: Latinas/os, Media, and the Nation, author (New York University Press, 2013).
Screening Cuba: Film Criticism as Political Performance During the Cold War, author (University of Illinois Press, 2010).
“The Cultures of Anonymity and Violence in the Mexican Blogosphere,” author (International Journal of Communication, 2017).
“Owning a Voice: Broadcasting Policy, Media Ownership, and Latina/o Speech Rights,” author (Communication, Culture, & Critique, 2013).
“Amores Perros and Racialised Masculinities in Contemporary Mexico,” author (New Cinemas: Journal of Contemporary Film, 2007).
“Performing Acculturation: Rewriting the Latina/o Immigrant Self,” author (Text & Performance Quarterly, 2007).
“Dying American or the Ontological Violence of Citizenship: Latinos in Iraq,” author (Latino Studies, 2007).
COMM 526: Humanistic and Social Scientific Approaches to Human Communication II