POSTPONED due to COVID-19 In Search of Belonging by Jillian M. Báez explores the ways Latina/o audiences, but women in particular, understand and engage American mainstream and Spanish-language media. The innovative ethnographic analysis, informed by new evidence, that was done by Báez draws on the experiences of a diverse group of Latinas in Chicago. Through in-depth interviews, the women reveal their search for recognition and belonging through representations of Latinas in films, advertising, telenovelas, and TV shows. In Search of Belonging answers important questions about the ways Latinas see themselves and citizenship in today’s America. Báez gives voice to U.S. Latinas as they enact cultural citizenship, offering important insights on how Latinas consume media for a sense of affirmation, belonging, and empowerment. This book is part of the Latinos in Chicago and the Midwest Book Series from University of Illinois Press.
Jillian Báez is an assistant professor of Media Culture at CUNY Staten Island, specializing in Latina/o media, audience studies, transnational feminisms, and media literacy. Dr. Báez is General Editor of WSQ (formerly Women’s Studies Quarterly). Her research has been supported by the Ford Foundation and Social Science Research Council. She teaches a variety of courses , including : Theories of Communications, Media Audiences, Media and the Margins, Media Industries, History of Print Media, Latina/o Media, Film and Media Research Analysis, and Introduction to Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Prior to her appointment at the College of Staten Island, Dr. Báez was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Michigan and a Visiting Assistant Professor at Williams College. Báez earned her Ph.D. from he Institute of Communication Research at UIUC and her B.A. from Hunter College in Media Studies and Black Puerto Rican Studies.