Joe Straubhaar

Amon G. Carter Centennial Professor of Communication

Joe Straubhaar


Professor Joseph D. Straubhaar is the Amon G. Carter Centennial Professor of Communications in the Department of Radio-TV-Film at The University of Texas at Austin. He is the current Director of the Moody College of Communications’ Latino and Latin American Studies Program and was the Director of the Center for Brazilian Studies within the Lozano Long Institute for Latin American Studies, 2003-2006.

His primary teaching, research and writing interests are in global media, digital media and the digital divide in the U. S. and other countries, Brazilian and Latin American television, media and migration, and global television production and flow. His graduate teaching includes media theory, global media, media and migration, Latin American media, and ethnographic/qualitative research methods. His undergraduate teaching covers the same range plus introduction to media studies. He does research in Brazil, other Latin America countries, Europe, Asia and Africa, and has taken student groups to Latin America and Asia. He has done seminars abroad on media research, television programming strategies, and telecommunications privatization. He is on the editorial board for Communication Theory, International Journal of Communication, Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media, Studies in Latin American Popular Culture, Comunicación y Sociedad, Chinese Journal of Communication, and Revista INTERCOM.

His book, Television In Latin America, co-authored with John Sinclair, was published by BFI/Routledge in 2013. His edited book, The Persistence of Inequity in the Technopolis: Race, Class and the Digital Divide in Austin, Texas, was published in 2011 by University of Texas Press. His book, World Television from Global to Local, was published by Sage in 2007. A revised 9th edition of his textbook with Bob LaRose, Media Now, was published by Wadsworth. He had an edited book with Othon Jambeiro, Políticas de informação e comunicação, jornalismo e inclusão digital: O Local e o Global em Austin e Salvador (Information and communication policy, journalism and digital inclusion: The local and global in Austin and Salvador); Federal University of Bahia Press: 2005.

About RTF Department's "Media, Technology and Social Change" Area of Study

Recent articles and book chapters include:

Straubhaar, J. (2015). Global, Regional, Transnational, Translocal. Media Industries, 1(3), 48-53.

Dixon, L.J., T. CorreaJ. StraubhaarL. CovarrubiasD. GraberJ. Spence, and V. Rojas. (2014). Gendered Space: The Digital Divide between Male and Female Users in Internet Public Access Sites. Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, published online 05/2014; DOI:10.1111/jcc4.12088

La Pastina, A. and J. Straubhaar. (2014). "Why Do I Feel I Don’t Belong to the Brazil on TV?" Journal of Popular Communication.”

Wenhong ChenKye‐Hyoung LeeJoseph D. StraubhaarJeremiah Spence. (2014). Getting a second opinion: Social capital, digital inequalities, and health information repertoires. Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology 05/2014; DOI:10.1002/asi.23130

Correa, Teresa, Straubhaar, Joseph D., Chen, Wenhong and Jeremiah Spence. (2013). Brokering new technologies: The role of children in their parents' usage of the internet.
 New Media and  Society, published online 15 October 2013.

Xu, Xuewin, Fu, Wayne and Joseph Straubhaar. (2013). National Self-sufficiency in Broadcast Television Programming: Examining the Airtime Shares of Homemade versus US-made Programs. The Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media.

Chen, W., Funk, M., Straubhaar, J. and Jeremiah Spence. (2013). Still Relevant? An Audience Analysis of Public and Government Access Channels. The Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media. 57 (3):263-281.

Straubhaar, J. (2013). Sedimented, hybrid and multiple? The new cultural geography of identities. MATRIZes, University of São Paulo, Brazil, Year 7 Vol.1.

Recent Grants:

Ford Foundation and Open Society Grant with Housing Authority of the City of Austin (HACA), $59,000, with Wenhong Chen, to evaluate a program with HACA, Google Fiber and Free Net for digital inclusion in city housing.

City of Austin grant, $50,000, with Sharon Strover and City of Austin to conduct digital inclusion survey in Austin, 2014. Previous Grant to Straubhaar and Chen to conduct survey 2010.

Frontiers of Knowledge grant, $15,000, from FUNDESP (Educational Funding Authority State of São Paulo), for seminars at UNESP Bauru, University of São Paulo, and Unisinos in August 2015.

He has published numerous articles and essays on global media, digital inclusion, Brazilian television, Latin American media, comparative analyses of new television technologies, media flow and culture, and other topics appearing in a number of journals, edited books, and elsewhere.

Contact Information

CMA 5.116
Office Hours
  • M 10 - 12 & 1 - 2 pm
  • W 1 - 2 pm

Ph.D., Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, 1981