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 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 and cultural theory, media and migration, digital media and the digital divide in the U. S. and other countries, and global television production and flow. His graduate teaching includes media theory, global media, media and migration, Latin American media, and ethnographic 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, Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media, Studies in Latin American Popular Culture, Comunicación y Sociedad, Chinese Journal of Communication, and Revista INTERCOM.

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 8th edition of his textbook with Bob LaRose, Media Now, was just published by Wadsworth. He has a new book, Television In Latin America, co-authored with John Sinclair, forthcoming from BFI/Routledge in 2013. 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. Recent articles and book chapters include:

"Broadcast Research in the Americas: Revisiting the Past and Looking to the Future. Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media, Vol. 50(3), 368-382, September 2006.

LaRose, R., Strover, S., Gregg, J. & Straubhaar, J. (2011). The impact of rural broadband development: Lessons from a natural field experiment. Government Information Quarterly, 28(1), 91-100.

Spence, J., Rosas, V., and J. Straubhaar. (2011). Generational Shifts in Language Use Among US Latinos: Mobility, Education and Occupation. International Migration

Straubhaar, J. (2011). Chindia in the context of emerging cultural and media power. Global Media and Communication. 6(30): 253-262.

Jeremiah Spence, Joseph Straubhaar and Zeynep Tufekci. (2012). Structuring Race in the Cultural Geography of Austin. Inequity in the Technopolis: Race, Class, Gender and the Digital Divide in Austin. Edited by Joseph Straubhaar, Zeynep Tufekci, and Rebecca Lentz. University of Texas Press, pp. 32-51.

Joseph Straubhaar. Telenovelas in Brazil: From Traveling Scripts to a Genre and Proto-Format both National and Transnational. (2011). In Oren, T. G. and Sharon Shahaf, eds. Global Television Formats: Understanding Television Across Borders. New York: Routledge, 2011.

Straubhaar, J. (2008). Global, Hybrid or Multiple: Identities in the Age of Satellite TV and the Internet. Nordicom Review, Vol. 2., pp. 11-29.

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.

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