Melissa Santillana

Melissa Santillana

PhD Student

Melissa Santillana is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Radio-Television-Film at the University of Texas at Austin. She is a Fulbright Student Research at Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City. Melissa's work has been published in First Monday, International Journal of Communication, New Media and Society, Westminster Papers in Communication and Culture, and the Journal of Public Opinion Research. She is a co-author of From telenovelas to Netflix: Transnational, transverse television in Latin America (Palgrave, 2021). Her research focuses on international media flows, activist movements, feminist activism, digital media, and digital inequality.

Melissa received her MA in Communication with a concentration in Latin America and Border Media Studies from Texas A&M International University. She has been a research assistant for UT's Latino Media and Arts Program (LMAS) and the Austin Digital Assessment Survey, a project from the Technology and Information Policy Institute (TIPI). She also served as a co-coordinator for the Global Fusion 2019 conference.