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Kristin Moran, PhD

Special Assistant to the Dean, Core Director
Professor

Kristin Moran, PhD (University of Washington), has been teaching at USD since 1999 and currently serves as Special Assistant to the Dean, Core Director overseeing the core revision process. Her current research focuses on the reception of Latino-themed and Spanish-language media in the United States. Her book, Listening to Latina/o youth: Television consumption within families, critiques the tendency of mainstream media to reify and contain a Latina/o identity that is then sold back to youth in ways that limit Latino/a agency. Her research has also appeared in a variety of journals including the Journal of Children & Media and Learning, Media and Technology focusing on Latino-themed children’s television. She has published research comparing the presentation of local news in Spanish and English in Journalism: Theory, Practice, and Criticism and the Journal of Borderland Studies.

She works with the Binational Association of Schools of Communication (BINACOM), an organization devoted to creating opportunities for cross border interaction for faculty and students. She served as chair of the department from 2011-2015.

Education

Ph.D., University of Washington, School of Communications
M.A., University of Washington, School of Communications
B.A., University of San Diego, Communication Studies

 

Scholarly and Creative Work

Moran’s research focuses on the relationship audiences have with media texts emphasizing the development of Spanish-language media in the United States and its reception. She has published Listening to Latina/o youth: Television consumption within families, which critiques the tendency of mainstream media to reify and contain a Latina/o identity that is then sold back to youth in ways that limit Latino/a agency. Her research has also appeared in a variety of journals including the Journal of Children & Media and Learning, Media and Technology focusing on Latino-themed children’s television. She has published research comparing the presentation of local news in Spanish and English in Journalism: Theory, Practice, and Criticism and the Journal of Borderland Studies.

Teaching Interests

Moran teaches a variety of courses that focus on the role of mass media in society, including the introductory course, Introduction to Media Studies, as well as more specialized courses such as Mass Media in Spain and Latin America, Media, Process & Effects, and Communication Criticism. She has also participated in interdisciplinary courses in the Honors program offering Asian Women in Popular Culture and Media and Politics in Latin America.  Moran regularly teaches in the preceptorial program.