Jessica Retis, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the School of Journalism and Affiliated Faculty with the Center for Latin American Studies and the Human Rights Practice Program at The University of Arizona. Dr. Retis joined the school in 2019 to help launch and lead the first Masters in Bilingual Journalism. She holds a Major in Communications (University of Lima, Peru), a Masters in Latin American Studies (National Autonomous University of Mexico) and a Ph.D. in Contemporary Latin America (Complutense University of Madrid, Spain).
Her areas of research include Latin American international migration, diasporas and transnational communities; cultural industries; ethnic media; diversity and the media; Latino media in Europe, North America and Asia; bilingual journalism, journalism studies, and journalism education. Dr. Retis currently serves as the co-chair of the Diaspora and the Media Working Group for the International Association of Mass Communication Research (IAMCR). She is also vice president of the Binational Association for Schools of Communication (BINACOM) and advises the UA student chapter of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ).