Maria Elena Cepeda

Chair and Professor of Latina/o Studies

Hollander Hall Rm 109

Fall 2013 Office Hours:
Monday, 11:30a-12:30pm; 4:00-4:30pm
Thursday, 11:30a-12:30pm
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B.A. Kenyon College
M.A. University of Michigan
Ph.D. University of Michigan

Areas of Expertise

  • Transnational Latina/o Popular Culture and Media
  • Audience Studies
  • Language Politics
  • Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
  • Colombian Studies

Scholarship/Creative Work


Survival Aesthetics:  Latina Beauty and Power in Transnational Media (in progress)

Co-editor (with Dolores Inés Casillas), The Routledge Companion to Latina/o Media (New York:  Routledge; in progress)

Musical ImagiNation:  U.S.-Colombian Identity and the Latin Music Boom (New York:  New York University Press, 2010)

Co-editor (with Carlos Alamo-Pastrana), “Popular Culture and Youth Latinidades: (Re)Constructing Community, from the Inside and Out,” (special issue of Identities:  Global Studies in Culture and Power, 16.5, September 2009)

Musical Migrations:  Transnationalism and Cultural Hybridity in Latin(o) America (with Cándida F. Jáquez and Frances R. Aparicio, eds.; St. Martin’s Press, 2003)


“Colombian Flexible Citizenship:  Personal Aesthetics as Transnational Feminist Strategy” (in progress)

“Media and the Musical ImagiNation: Contradictory Discourses of Belonging in ‘Nuestro Himno’ and ‘Reggaetón Latino,'” Identities:  Global Studies in Culture and Power, 16.5, 548-572 (September-October 2009)

“When Latina hips make/mark history:  Music video in the “new” American Studies,” Women and Performance: a journal of feminist theory, 18.3, 235-252 (November 2008)

“Shakira as the Idealized, Transnational Citizen: A Case Study of Colombianidad in Transition,” lead article, Latino Studies, 1.2, 210-232 (2003)

“Columbus Effects”:  The Politics of Crossover and Chronology within the Latin(o) Music “Boom,” Discourse, 23.1, 242-267 (Winter 2001)

“Mucho loco for Ricky Martin, or: The Politics of Chronology, Crossover and Language within the Latin(o) Music ‘Boom,'” Popular Music and Society, 24.3, 55-71 (Fall 2000)

 “El ‘Beloved Spic’ que no habla English Only: oposición y resistencia en la poesía de Martín Espada, Revista Canadiense de Estudios Hispánicos, XXIV. 3, 517-529 (Spring 2000)


“Marketing, Performing, and Interpreting Multiple Latinidades: Los Tigres del Norte’s and Calle 13’s ‘América, ‘” Contemporary [email protected] Media:  Rethinking Production, Circulation, and Politics (Arlene Dávila and Yeidy Rivero, eds., New York:  New York University Press; in press)

“Singing the ‘Star-Spanglish Banner'”:  The Politics and Pathologization of Bilingualism in U.S. Popular Media,” Beyond el Barrio:  Everyday Life in Latina/o America, 27-43 (Gina M. Pérez, Frank Guridy, and Adrian Burgos, Jr., eds.; New York University Press, 2010)

“Survival Aesthetics:  U.S. Latinas and the Negotiation of Popular Media,” Latina/o Communication Studies Today, 237-256 (Angharad N. Valdivia, ed.; Peter Lang, 2008)

“Mirando las Estrellas:  La Joven Latina en Estados Unidos,” Revista Javeriana, 711, Pontificia Universidad Javieriana, Bogotá, Colombia (January/February 2005)

“Miami:  From ‘Instant City’ to Global Music Capital,” FORUM/Magazine of the Florida Humanities Council, 32-34 (Winter 2004)

“Mucho loco for Ricky Martin, or: The Politics of Chronology, Crossover and Language within the Latin(o) Music ‘Boom,'” Global Pop, Local Talk, 113-129 (Michael T. Carroll and Harris Berger, eds.; University of Mississippi Press, 2003)


“Rock ‘n’ Roll in Peru’s Popular Quarters:  Cultural Identity, Hybridity, and Transculturation,” by Luis A. Ramos-García, in Musical Migrations, 199-206 (St. Martin’s Press, 2003)

“La danza de las tijeras in the work of José María Arguedas:  The Construction of Indigenous Quechua Identity,” by Juan Ulises Zevallos-Aguilar, in Musical Migrations, 131-146 (St. Martin’s Press, 2003)

“Rendering the Invisible, Visible and the Visible, Invisible:  The Colonizing Function of Bailey K. Ashford’s Anti-anemia Campaigns,” by Fernando Feliú, in Foucault in Latin America:  Appropriations and Deployments of Discursive Analysis, 153-166 (Benigno L. Trigo, ed.; Routledge, 2002)

Current Committees

  • Latina/o Studies Program