Position title: Professor, Communication Arts
Dr. Lopez’s research examines the way that minoritized groups such as women, people of color, and queer communities use media in the fight for social justice. She is interested in struggles to improve the representation of disenfranchised groups within mainstream media, as well as the different ways that grassroots/activist media, digital media, and consumer culture all can play a role in transforming identities and communities. Her book Asian American Media Activism: Fighting for Cultural Citizenship (2016, NYU Press) examines the efforts of Asian Americans to impact the way that their community has been represented in mainstream media. Using ethnography, interviews, and archival research, it examines the work of traditional activists who have worked since the 1960s to protest and reform imagery, but also contextualizes the kinds of contemporary media activism undertaken by advertising agencies, fans, YouTube artists, and bloggers. Her newest research examines Hmong Americans and the culturally specific ways that they have created a media ecology rooted in micro media outlets that are owned and operated by only one or two individuals. Dr. Lopez is also affiliated with the Asian American Studies Program. For more information, see her faculty Website.