Professor of Professional Practice


Public Relations (BA)
Journalism (BA)


213 821 0762


ASC 121-C

Office Hours

By appointment

More Laura




Gender Studies
Higher Education Leadership and Leadership Studies
Latino Issues
LGBT Media Studies
Media Portrayals
Race and Ethnicity

­­Laura Castañeda has been a staff writer, editor and columnist for The San Francisco Chronicle, The Dallas Morning News, and The Associated Press in San Francisco, New York and Mexico. Her freelance work has appeared in The New York Times,, and Columbia Journalism Review magazine, among others.

Castañeda is the co-editor of News and Sexuality: Media Portraits of Diversity, which was published by Sage Publications in October 2005.

She is the co-author of The Latino Guide to Personal Money Management, which was published by Bloomberg Press in May 1999, and was released in Spanish by Seven Stories Press in 2001.

She earned undergraduate degrees in journalism and international affairs from USC, and a master’s degree from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, and a doctorate from the USC Rossier School of Education. She also was awarded a Knight-Bagehot Fellowship in business and economics reporting from Columbia’s School of Journalism.

Castañeda served as associate director and assistant director of the School of Journalism between 2010-2014. She is currently the academic at-large officer for the National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ).

She is a 2017 graduate of the AEJMC’s Institute for Diverse Leaders program. She was selected for the ad hoc membership committee for AEJMC’s Committee on the Status of Women in 2017. She also was named a 2017 “Disruptive Educator” by CUNY’s Tow-Knight Center. 

Castañeda was named one of the nation’s 10 journalism educators who is “making a difference” by Crain's NewsPro magazine in January 2018. 

Castañeda was awarded the 2019 Barry Bingham Sr. Fellowship by the American Society of News Editors in recognition of an educator's outstanding efforts to encourage students of color in the field of journalism. 

In 2002, Castañeda was awarded the Association for Journalism and Mass Communication’s 2002 Baskett Mosse Award for Faculty Development.


Journalism education; learning differences; diversity issues; Latino issues; women’s issues.



News and Sexuality: Media Portraits of Diversity, by Laura Castañeda and Shannon Campbell, Eds. Sage Publications. October 2005.

Guía Para Manejar Su Propio Dinero, the Spanish translation of the Latino Guide, was published in October 2001, by Seven Stories Press. 

The Latino Guide to Personal Money Management, by Laura Castañeda and Laura Castellanos, co-authors. Bloomberg Press, 1999.

Academic Articles, Book Reviews:

“Undergraduate Students Prefer Learning Text and Broadcast Skills Sequentially Versus Concurrently, But Assessments of Their Final Projects are Mixed,” by Laura Castañeda and Rebecca Haggerty. Journalism & Mass Communication Educator. June 6, 2019.

“Disruption and Innovation: Online Learning at Accredited Journalism Schools and Programs,” by Laura Castañeda. Journalism & Mass Communication Educator (Vol. 66, Dec. 21, 2011) 

“Teaching Print, Broadcast and Online Journalism Concurrently: An Assessment of the University of Southern California’s Convergence Core Curriculum,” by Laura Castañeda, Sheila Murphy and Heather Hether. Published in Journalism and Mass Communication Educator, Spring 2005.           

“African-American Press Response to the Growing Southern Latino Community: A Survey of African-American Editors in the Deep South,” co-written with Dr. Susan Weill, Texas State University, San Marcos. Journalism Studies, November 2004.

“The Press and Race: Mississippi Journalists Confront the Movement,” edited by David R. Davies. Book review. Journalism and Mass Communication Educator. Autumn 2001. Pgs. 94-95.

“Puerto Rican Newspaper Coverage of the Puerto Rican Independence Party: A Content Analysis of Three Elections,” by Maria Cristina Santana. Book review. Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly. Summer, 2001. Pgs. 400-402.

Selected Journalism:

2019. “Groups Aim to Boost Low Latino Participation in Organ and Marrow Donations, Clinical Trials.”

2019. “Latina Longevity is Real, but it can bring Health, Financial Challenges.”

2018. “‘Latinas in Journalism’ Leverages Social Media to Create Community, Open Doors.”

2017. “Losing the Language: Spanish Fluency in the U.S. Decreases with Each Generation.”

2017. “Defend Against Diabetes: The Disease May be Common in Your Family, but You Can Still Take Steps to Prevent it.” USA Today’s Hispanic Living Magazine. Summer 2017. 

2016. “Are you Sabotaging Your Career? Tips for Managing ADHD at Work.” Lifescript. Fall 2016. 

2016. “The Road to Higher Education With an ‘Invisible Disability.’” The Atlantic Media. Fall 2016.

2016. “Leading Lady: Eva Longoria isn’t following anyone’s footsteps. She’s scripting her own path and helping others along the way.” USA Today’s Hispanic Living Magazine. Winter 2016.

2016. PDF icon “Star Treatment: Fresh-faced Latinas share fall and winter beauty tips.” USA Today’s Hispanic Living magazine. Winter 2016. 

2016. “Making the Case for Inclusion: Schools that incorporate special education benefit all students, but finding them takes effort.” USA Today’s Back to School Magazine, Summer 2016.

2015. “Living the Dream: Special Programs can Help new Homebuyers.” “To Buy or Not to Buy?” and “Never too Soon: When Saving for Retirement, Start Early and Be Consistent.” USA Today’s Hispanic Living Magazine. (Fall 2015). 

2015. “What to Eat and Not for Breast Cancer.” LifeScript.  (Oct. 20, 2015.) 

2015. “Can’t Afford Unpaid Internship? Help is Here.” Columbia Journalism Review. (Aug. 14, 2015).  

2015. “Dr. Rita Eichenstein Helps Parents Cope with the Loss of an ‘Ideal’ Child.” Los Angeles Magazine. (April 16, 2015).  

Course Titles

Fall 2019

GESM 131g Seminar in Social Media Analysis: Media and the Latinx Community

J-372 Engaging Diverse Communities in the Digital Age

J-499 Special Topics: Reporting on USC Culture and Governance