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Mary Beltrán
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Mary Beltrán is a former member of the Board. This page is for archive purposes only; therefore, her bio may not be current.

Member, Board of Directors, 2014-2017


Biography: Mary Beltrán is an Associate Professor of Radio-Television-Film and affiliate of the Centers for Women’s and Gender Studies and Mexican American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin.  She joined the faculty at UT-Austin in 2011, after teaching in the Communication Arts Department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


Department of Radio-Television-Film
University of Texas at Austin
2504 Whitis Ave., A0800

Austin, TX 78712-1067

Office phone: (512) 471-0021


Ph.D., Radio-Television-Film, University of Texas at Austin
MS, Social Work, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Research Interests: The construction of race and ethnicity in U.S. television, film, and celebrity culture, with emphasis on Latina/o and mixed-race representation and on intersections with gender, class, and sexuality. Critical and cultural studies of television and film, feminist media studies, U.S. film & television history, alternative media and media activism.

Selected Publications:

Latina/o Stars in U.S. Eyes: The Making and Meanings of Film & TV Stardom (Urbana-Champaign: University of Illinois Press, 2009).

Co-editor (with Camilla Fojas). Mixed Race Hollywood. (New York: New York University Press, 2008).

“Fast and Bilingual: Fast & Furious and the Latinization of Racelessness.” Cinema Journal 53:1 (Fall 2013): 75-96.

SNL’s “Fauxbama” Debate: Facing Off Over Millennial (Mixed-)Racial Impersonation.” In Saturday Night Live and American TV, eds. Nick Marx, Matt Sienkiewicz, and Ron Becker. (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2013).

"Everywhere and Nowhere (but Always Political): Mediated Mixed Race and Critical Mixed Race Studies." In Mixed Race 3.0: Risk and Reward in the Digital Age, eds. Ulli Ryder and Marcia A. Dawkins. (Los Angeles: Annenberg Press, 2014).

“The New Hollywood Racelessness:  Only the Fast, Furious (and Multi-Racial) Will Survive.”   Cinema Journal 44:2 (Winter 2005): 50-67.

Más Macha:  The New Latina Action Hero.”  In Action and Adventure Cinema, ed. Yvonne Tasker, 186-200. (London: Routledge, 2004).

“The Hollywood Latina Body as Site of Social Struggle: Media Constructions of Stardom and Jennifer Lopez’s ‘Cross-over Butt.’” The Quarterly Review of Film and Video 19.1 (January 2002): 71-86.

Other activities:

Editorial Board member, Cinema Journal (stepped down because of taking SCMS Board position), Celebrity Studies, Journal of Critical Mixed Race Studies, Feminist Media Studies, Communication Monographs, E-Media Studies

Board Member, Console-ing Passions

Member and Chair, Kovács Essay Award Committee, SCMS, 2009-2010 and 2010-2011

Secretary and Co-Chair, Latino/a Caucus, SCMS, 2004-2005 and 2005-2007

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