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Vanessa Díaz - Loyola Marymount University. Los Angeles, CA, US

Vanessa Díaz Vanessa Díaz

Assistant Professor of Chicana/o and Latina/o Studies | Loyola Marymount University

Los Angeles, CA, UNITED STATES

Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts

Biography

Dr. Vanessa Díaz is an interdisciplinary ethnographer, filmmaker, and journalist. Díaz is currently adapting her dissertation into a book manuscript tentatively titled Manufacturing Celebrity: How Women Reporters and Latino Paparazzi Build the Hollywood Industrial Complex (under contract with Duke University Press). She is also collaboratively producing a documentary about the community of Latino paparazzi in Los Angeles. Her dissertation research, which focuses on hierarchies of labor as well as racial and gender politics in the production of celebrity-focused media, was supported by the Ford Foundation and Smithsonian Institute. This project was inspired by Díaz's many years working for People magazine. In addition to her research on celebrity culture and media in the United States, she has also done extensive research on media and popular culture in Cuba. In 2006, she completed her independent feature-length documentary Cuban HipHop: Desde el Principio (From the Beginning), which recounts the history of the Cuban HipHop movement while exploring how Afro-Cuban youth use HipHop to defy misconceptions about censorship in Cuba by delivering social critiques of racism and poverty on the island. Díaz is called upon by publications ranging from The Atlantic to the Los Angeles Times to comment upon major events in popular culture, such as the divorce of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. She is able to provide necessary context to understand how and why these events capture the American popular imagination, while simultaneously revealing the hidden labor and racial struggles involved in the production of celebrity media.

Education (3)

University of Michigan: Ph.D.

University of Michigan: M.A.

New York University: B.A.

Areas of Expertise (13)

Caribbean United States Nationalism Gender & Sexuality (im)migration labor & employment Media & popular culture race & racialization Latina/o/x identity diasporas political culture oral & life histories Latin America

Accomplishments (11)

Dartmouth College César Chávez Postdoctoral Fellowship

2017-2018

UCLA Institute of American Cultures Research Grant in Ethnic Studies

2017

University of Michigan Louise Ann Williams Anthropology Distinguished Dissertation Award

2016

Rackham Merit Fellowship, University of Michigan

2007-2014

Mellon Summer Institute on Tenure and Professional Advancement (SITPA) Scholar

2016-2018

Ford Foundation, Postdoctoral Fellowship

2016-2017

UCLA Institute of American Culture Visiting Researcher Program Award

2016-2017

University of Michigan ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Award, Anthropology Nominee

2015

American Anthropological Association (AAA) Annual Photo Contest Winner

2014

Ford Foundation, Dissertation Fellowship

2012-2013

Smithsonian Institute, Predoctoral Fellowship (National Museum of American History; National Portrait Gallery; Washington, D.C.)

2012-2013

Affiliations (11)

  • Ford Foundation Fellowship Annual Conference Planning Committee Member and Former Chair
  • Puerto Rican Studies Association
  • American Anthropological Association
  • New England Consortium of Latino Studies
  • Association of Latina & Latino Anthropologists
  • Latin American Studies Association
  • Puerto Rican Studies Association
  • Society for the Anthropology of North America
  • National Association of Hispanic Journalists
  • Latina/o Studies Association
  • National Association of Latino Independent Producers

Languages (2)

  • English
  • Spanish

Courses (2)

Introduction to Chicana/o and Latina/o Studies

Introduction to Chicana/o and Latina/o Studies

Race and Media

Race and Media

Articles (10)

Manufacturing Celebrity: How Women Reporters and Latino Paparazzi Build the Hollywood Industrial Complex Duke University Press

Under Contract. Manufacturing Celebrity: How Women Reporters and Latino Paparazzi Build the Hollywood Industrial Complex. Duke University Press.

At the Margins of Celebrity Culture: Criminalizing the Latina/o Paparazzi of Los Angeles Anthropology News

2015. At the Margins of Celebrity Culture: Criminalizing the Latina/o Paparazzi of Los Angeles. Anthropology News, 56 (11-12), 31-32.

Raciontologies: Rethinking Anthropological Accounts of Institutional Racism and Enactments of White Supremacy American Anthropologist

Co-author.

Forthcoming. “Raciontologies: Rethinking Anthropological Accounts of Institutional Racism and Enactments of White Supremacy.” American Anthropologist. Co-author.

Latinos at the Margins of Celebrity Culture: Informal Image Sales and the Politics of Paparazzi NYU Press

2014. Latinos at the Margins of Celebrity Culture: Informal Image Sales and the Politics of Paparazzi. Chapter in the anthology Contemporary Latina/o Media: Production, Circulation, Politics. Arlene Dávila and Yeidy Rivero, eds. NYU Press.

Hollywood Diversity Report. Fourth Annual. UCLA Bunche Center for African American Studies sponsored, self-published sociological study. Self-published sociological study

2017. Hollywood Diversity Report. Fourth Annual. UCLA Bunche Center for African American Studies sponsored, self-published sociological study. Co-author.

“De Puerto Rico a Nueva York, De Puerto Rico a California”: A Micro-History of Puerto Rican Activism and Pan-Ethnic Alliance in Southern California Latino(a) Research Review

2012. “De Puerto Rico a Nueva York, De Puerto Rico a California”: A Micro-History of Puerto Rican Activism and Pan-Ethnic Alliance in Southern California. Published in the Latino(a) Research Review (Fall 2012 special issue: The Legacies of Puerto Rican Social, Cultural, and Political Activism in the United States).

HateCrimeMap.com HateCrimeMap.com

2016-present. HateCrimeMap.com. Co-founder, co-PI, co-designer of this user-generated digital mapping site to track hate crimes and harassment since the 2016 U.S. presidential election; responsible for collaborating on research, input, design, volunteer recruitment and coordination. Housed at the UCLA American Indian Studies Center.

Brad & Angelina: And Now…Brangelina! Bloomsbury Academic Press

2015. “Brad & Angelina: And Now…Brangelina!”: A Sociocultural Analysis of Blended Celebrity Couple Names. Chapter in the anthology First Comes Love: Power Couples, Celebrity Kinship, and Cultural Politics. Neil Ewin and Shelley Cobb, eds. Bloomsbury Academic Press.

Cuban HipHop: Desde el Principio (From the Beginning) Independent

2006. Cuban HipHop: Desde el Principio (From the Beginning). Feature length documentary film. Independent. Director, writer, producer.

Cuban HipHop: A Contemporary Example of Transculturation. Independent

2002. Cuban HipHop: A Contemporary Example of Transculturation. Short documentary film. Independent. Director, writer, producer.

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