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Women's and Gender Studies

Kristin Moran, PhD

Department Chair, Communication Studies

Kristin C. Moran, PhD, joined the Communication Studies department in 1999 as a visiting assistant professor and became a permanent faculty member in 2001. Moran offers media studies courses. Her current research focuses on the reception of Latino-themed and Spanish-language media in the United States. She is an active member of the Binational Association of Schools of Communication (BINACOM), an organization devoted cross border collaboration for faculty and students of communication. She currently serves as Chair of the department.


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.