Jessica Retis

Associate Professor

Jessica Retis, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the School of Journalism and Affiliated Faculty with the Center for Latin American Studies and the Human Rights Practice Program at The University of Arizona. Dr. Retis joined the school in 2019 to help launch and lead the first Masters in Bilingual Journalism. She holds a Major in Communications (University of Lima, Peru), a Masters in Latin American Studies (National Autonomous University of Mexico) and a Ph.D. in Contemporary Latin America (Complutense University of Madrid, Spain).

Her areas of research include Latin American international migration, diasporas and transnational communities; cultural industries; ethnic media; diversity and the media; Latino media in Europe, North America and Asia; bilingual journalism, journalism studies, and journalism education. Dr. Retis currently serves as the co-chair of the Diaspora and the Media Working Group for the International Association of Mass Communication Research (IAMCR). She is also vice president of the Binational Association for Schools of Communication (BINACOM) and advises the UA student chapter of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ).

Dr. Retis has trained bilingual journalists currently working in various newsrooms in the U.S. and abroad. Prior to entering academia, she worked for more than two decades as a journalist in Peru, Mexico and Spain in various print and broadcast media outlets. She has almost three decades of teaching experience in several universities in the United States, Spain and Mexico. Before joining the faculty, she worked for a decade at California State University Northridge. Her teaching awards include CSUN’s Distinguished Teaching Award (2019), and Polished Apple Award (2009 and 2013).

She is co-editor of The Handbook of Diasporas, Media and Culture (Willey, 2019) and co-author of Latin Americans in London: Narratives of Migration, Relocation and Belonging (Palgrave, forthcoming). Recent book chapters include “Migrations and the Media between Asia and Latin America: Japanese-Brazilians in Tokyo and São Paulo” (Sage, 2019), “Hashtag Jóvenes Latinos: Challenges and opportunities of teaching civic advocacy journalism in ‘glocal’ contexts” (Peter Lang, 2018), “The transnational restructuring of communication and consumption practices. Latinos in the urban settings of global cities” (Routledge, 2017). Recent reports include: Hispanic Media Today. Serving Bilingual and Bicultural Audiences in the Digital Age (Democracy Fund, 2019), La circulación de la cultura en español en las ciudades globales de los Estados Unidos: Los Ángeles, Nueva York, Miami (Hispanic Cultural Circuits in Urban Context of Global Cities: Los Angeles, New York, Miami) (RIE, 2019), and Los Latinos y las industrias culturales en español en Estados Unidos (Latinos and Spanish-language Cultural Industries in the U.S.) (RIE, 2015).


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