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Gabriela Martínez

Cinema Studies Program, CLLAS, SOJC, SOJC-Journalism, SOJC-Journalism Master's, SOJC-Media Studies Master's, SOJC-Media Studies PhD, SOJC-Media Studies Undergrad, Women's Gender and Sexuality Studies
Phone: 541-346-1997
Office: 315 Hendricks Hall
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Research Interests: Areas of Media Studies and Journalism


Professor Gabriela Martínez is an international award-winning documentary filmmaker who has produced, directed, or edited more than 12 ethnographic and social documentaries. Her early documentary work includes Ñakaj and Textiles in the Southern AndesMamacoca, and Qoyllur Rit’i: A Woman’s Journey, and her most recent work includes Media, Women, and Rebellion in Oaxaca and Keep Your Eyes On Guatemala.

In addition to her documentary work, Martínez is a scholar who specializes in international communication and the political economy of communication. While her primary geographical area of expertise is Latin America, she also looks at, weaves in, and analyzes historical, political, cultural, and economic connections highlighting the longstanding connection of this region to other countries and continents around the globe.

Professor Martínez is the co-creator of the Latino Roots in Oregon Project, a faculty/student- and grassroots-led historical digital repository.

Professor Martínez has served as associate director for the Center for the Study of Women in Society (CSWS) and director for the Center for Latino/a and Latin American Studies (CLLAS). She is a professor in the School of Journalism and Communication and affiliated faculty with the Latin American Studies Program (LAS), Cinema Studies Department, and the Folklore and Public Culture Program.


  • PhD, University of Oregon, 2005
  • MA, San Francisco State University, 2000
  • BA, San Francisco State University, 1999


Martínez’s research focuses broadly on the study of telecom and media. Some of the topics at the core of her research are media ownership, media culture, media trans-nationalism, and globalization. Her research interests include the global circulation of technologies and cultural products and the economic, social, cultural, and political impact in Third World countries, especially Latin America. Furthermore, she focuses on the study of human rights and social movements as well as the relationship of these to media content production and distribution.


Peru's Counterterrorism Law in Post-Conflict Times. Book Chapter in Counter-Terrorism Laws and Freedom of Expression (2021). Lexington Books.

"Mapping the promises and perils of distance education during the COVID-19 pandemic: Peru's case" (with Keya Saxena). Jump Cut: A Review of Contemporary Media, No. 60 (Spring 2021).

Political Economy of Media Industries: Global Transformations and Challenges. (co-editor with Randy Nichols). (2020). Routledge.

“Independent Filmmaking in the Peruvian Context.” Book chapter in Independent Film Around the Globe. (2015), Toronto, Buffalo, London: University of Toronto Press.

Peru—Case Study on Donor Support to Independent Media,” 1990-2010. The Media Map Project-The Impact of Media Development Worldwide. The World Bank Institute, Internews, and the Annenberg School of Communication at the University of Pennsylvania. (2012).

Latin American Telecommunications: Telefónica’s Conquest. Lexington Books/Rowman and Littlefield Publishers. (2008).

Cinema Law in Latin America: Brazil, Peru and Colombia.” Jump Cut: A Review of Contemporary Media, No. 50 (Spring 2008)


Keep Your Eyes On Guatemala (2013)
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Agents of Change: A Legacy of Feminist Research, Teaching, and Activism at the University of Oregon (2013)

Media, Women, and Rebellion in Oaxaca (2008)

Areas of Expertise

  • Documentary Filmmaking
  • Political Economy of Communication
  • International communication
  • Latin American studies