Christopher Chávez

The Sound of Exclusion: NPR and the Latinx Public

Faculty Publication

CLLAS Director Chris Christopher Chávez has published, “The Sound of Exclusion: NPR and the Latinx Public;” it is forthcoming.

From the publisher, the University of Arizona Press:

As a network that claims to represent the nation, NPR asserts unique claims about what it means to be American. In The Sound of Exclusion, Christopher Chávez critically examines how National Public Radio conceptualizes the Latinx listener, arguing that NPR employs a number of industry practices that secure its position as a white public space while relegating Latinx listeners to the periphery. These practices are tied to a larger cultural logic. Latinx identity is differentiated from national identity, which can be heard through NPR’s cultivation of an idealized dialect, situating whiteness at its center. Pushing Latinx listeners to the edges of public radio has crucial implications for Latinx participation in civic discourses, as identifying who to include in the “public” audience necessarily involves a process of exclusion.

See more here: https://uapress.arizona.edu/book/the-sound-of-exclusion

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Thursday, December 9th, 2021 Books, People, Publications No Comments

CLLAS Faculty in Leadership Positions

Current and Former CLLAS Directors Profiled in SOJC Article

SOJC article profiles current CLLAS Director, Chris Chávez and previous CLLAS Director, Gabriela Martínez, who now leads WGSS.

Two long-term School of Journalism and Communication scholars have been recently appointed to leadership roles in cross-campus programs.

Associate professor Chris Chávez is the new director of the Center for Latino/a and Latin American Studies, succeeding professor Gabriela Martínez ’05, who is the new head of the Department of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies in the College of Arts and Sciences. Both will also continue teaching in the School of Journalism and Communication (SOJC).

Established experts in their fields, the two faculty members’ groundbreaking research places them on the leading edge of media studies and international communication and contributes to the interdisciplinary work taking place at UO.

Chávez has been involved with the Center for Latino/a and Latin American Studies since he joined UO in 2013.

Read more here: https://journalism.uoregon.edu/news/chris-chavez-gabriela-martinez

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Wednesday, December 1st, 2021 News, People No Comments

CLLAS Announces New Director

On behalf of the Center for Latino/a and Latin American Studies (CLLAS) it is my pleasure to announce the appointment of Dr. Chris Chávez as the next director for CLLAS, starting July 1.

Chris Chávez is professor of Media Studies, Advertising, and Latinx Studies, tenured in the School of Journalism and Communication. He has been involved with CLLAS since he joined the UO in 2013, serving a three-year term as member of the executive board and actively participating in CLLAS research and programming activities. The executive board and I are confident that under Chris’ leadership the mission of CLLAS will continue strong and the Center will remain a thriving space, engaging faculty, staff, graduate and undergraduate students. CLLAS will continue partnering up with community organizations across Oregon. Its standing as an important research and community outreach Center dedicated to Latino/a and Latin American Studies in the Pacific Northwest and the West Coast will continue to grow.

Our warmest welcome to Chris!

Gabriela Martínez, CLLAS Director, Professor in the School of Journalism and Communication

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Tuesday, April 13th, 2021 News, People No Comments

Three CLLAS affiliated faculty members win Fund for Faculty Excellence Awards

Rocio Zambrana / photo by Alice Evans.

June 19, 2018—Three CLLAS affiliated faculty members are among the 15 UO faculty members selected for the prestigious Fund for Faculty Excellence Awards for 2018-19, which were announced this week by UO Provost Jayanth Banavar.

The three scholars are:

  • Christopher Chávez, associate professor, advertising
  • Ernesto Martinez, associate professor, ethnic studies
  • Rocio Zambrana, associate professor, philosophy

Professor Zambrana is a current member of the CLLAS Executive Board. Professors Chávez and Martinez have previously served on the Board.

From the Around the O article: “The Fund for Faculty Excellence Awards was established in 2006 through the support of Lorry Lokey and increases the academic quality and reputation of the University of Oregon by highlighting and supporting world-class research and teaching.

“The fund is designed to recognize, reward and retain nationally competitive faculty members who have a record of excellence in research, scholarship, creative accomplishment and education. More than 150 faculty members have now received the award.

“Candidates are nominated by deans, with advice from faculty and unit heads, and nominations are reviewed by the Fund for Faculty Excellence Awards review committee before a final determination is made by the provost. The awards provide faculty members with a $20,000 salary supplement or $30,000 for research support.”

For the full article and the full list of 15 recipients, go to: Around the O / Fund for Faculty Excellence.

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UO Today: Prof. Christopher Chávez talks about research on Latinos and media

June 2, 2017—An interview on UO Today with CLLAS executive board member Christopher Chávez.

UO Today: Professor talks about research on Latinos and media | Around the O

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Wednesday, June 7th, 2017 Advisory Board, Research, Uncategorized No Comments


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