María Celeste Wagner
From a mixed-methods approach and a global communication perspective, María Celeste Wagner studies the influence of the media in attitudes and opinions around social issues, particularly those related to gender, with a focus in Latinx and Latin America. She also studies media practices and interpretations in the contemporary media environment. Fieldwork for her research has been conducted in Argentina and the United States. Some of her recent projects have explored the emotional experiences, interpretations and practices of consuming news and perceived misinformation during times of political polarization in the U.S., the role of the perceived gender of journalists on the promotion of ideas around the severity of sexual harassment, attitudinal effects of consuming “fake news” in Argentina during the 2019 presidential elections, and the experiences and interpretations of watching television entertainment in Argentina and the U.S., with a comparative focus on issues of identity.
Her work has been published in Journalism, Digital Journalism, Latin American Perspectives, Media, Culture & Society, and in Latin American peer-reviewed journals, such as Cuadernos.info and Palabra Clave.
Wagner received her Licenciatura in Communication from Universidad de San Andrés in Argentina, her home country. Prior to attending Annenberg, she was Research Coordinator at MESO Argentina, the Center for the Study of Media and Society in Argentina, where she is now a Research Affiliate.
Wagner is also very passionate about teaching. In 2015, she received a Teaching Award at Universidad de San Andrés, given to the best Teaching Assistant at the university, where she taught "Introduction to Communication," "History of Mediatization," and "Methodology of the Social Sciences."
She is a member of the Graduate Advisory Board at the Latin American and Latino Studies Program at Penn, an external graduate student affiliate at the Center for Latinx Digital Media at Northwestern University, a member of the organizing committee of the “Digital Media in Latinx and Latin America” Pre-Conference at ICA, and a member of the Latin American Interdisciplinary Gender Network, a joint initiative of Yale and UNAM.
María Celeste Wagner studies how the media influences opinions around social issues, particularly those related to gender, through a mixed-methods and comparative approach. She also studies media practices and interpretations in the contemporary media environment.