Juan Llamas-Rodriguez

Juan Llamas-Rodriguez, Ph.D.

Juan Llamas-Rodriguez
  • Assistant Professor of Communication
  • Associate Director, Center for Advanced Research in Global Communication

Juan Llamas-Rodriguez’s research mobilizes media and communication theories to critically analyze borders, migration, and related social dynamics on a global scale. He focuses on cultural approaches to digital and interactive media from Latin America and by Latinx diasporic communities.

Juan Llamas-Rodriguez is an assistant professor at the Annenberg School for Communication, where he researches and teaches global media cultures, digital technologies, border studies, infrastructure studies, and Latin American media.

His first book, Border Tunnels (University of Minnesota Press, 2023) examines how media forms and technologies shape perceptions about the borderlands and help reimagine the stakes of border-making practices. His second book analyzes the legacy, popularity, and queer significance of the Mexican film Y Tu Mamá También and is forthcoming from the Queer Film Classics series at McGill-Queen’s University Press. He also regularly writes about the class, race, and gender politics of Netflix’s Spanish-language programming. His work has appeared in the journals Social Text; Feminist Media Histories; Television & New Media; Lateral; Catalyst: Feminism, Theory, Technoscience; Popular Communication; and the Journal of Cinema and Media Studies, as well as several edited collections.

Llamas-Rodriguez is co-editor of [in]Transition: Journal of Videographic Film & Moving Image Studies, the first peer-reviewed open access academic journal of videographic scholarship. He has published bilingual video essays and criticism in NECSUS: European Journal of Media Studies, Zeitschrift für Medienwissenschaft, and Tecmerin: Revista de Ensayos Audiovisuales.

Llamas-Rodriguez actively engages in public humanities projects. He is a member of the Global Internet TV Consortium, a network of media scholars studying the implications of internet-distributed screen content around the world, and co-lead of The Migrant Steps Project, a public humanities initiative that prompts walking reflections through engagement with curated narratives about migration.


  • B.A., University of Toronto, 2011
  • M.A., Concordia University, 2013
  • Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara, 2017

Selected Publications