Lucila Vargas, will discuss “Media Targeting Latinos and Hispanics” as part of the Visiting International Scholars Colloquium Series.
Vargas earned a doctorate from the University of Texas at Austin and a master’s at the University of Texas at Austin. Her work on social justice and “difference” — especially race, ethnicity, class and gender — has appeared in several anthologies and numerous domestic and international journals and is used in classrooms around the country.
Her most recent book Latina Teens, Migration, and Popular Culture is an ethnography of Latina young women who live in North Carolina. It addresses questions about the relationship among migrancy, identity and popular culture. Vargas’ interest in critical pedagogies and the politics of the classroom led her to edit Women Faculty of Color in the White Classroom: Narratives on the Pedagogical Implications of Teacher Diversity. In Social Uses and Radio Practices: The Use of Participatory Radio by Ethnic Minorities in Mexico, Vargas looks at the role of participatory media in the social reproduction of highly stratified communities. Currently, she is working on a project on Latina adolescent women and mental health.