Juan Llamas-Rodriguez’s research and teaching mobilize media theories to critically analyze social phenomena on a global scale. His areas of specialization include transnational media, digital labor, border studies, infrastructure studies, and Latin American film and television.
His first monograph, Border Tunnels: Media and the Infrastructures of the U.S.-Mexico Border, argues for underground tunnels as media figures that reimagine the stakes of border-making practices. His current initiative, Platforming Migration, consists of a series of multimodal projects that critically examine how emerging media, from pirate video to virtual reality, potentiate and restrict affective forms of engaging across transnational difference. He is also writing a book on the queer legacies of the Mexican film Y Tu Mamá También.
Dr. Llamas-Rodriguez has published in the journals Feminist Media Histories, Television & New Media, Film Quarterly, Flow, Jump Cut, and the Journal of Cinema and Media Studies. His work also appears in the edited collections Geoblocking and Global Video Culture, Media in the Americas, Cultures of the Copy, Pandemic Media, and the Routledge Companion to Risk and Media.
Dr. Llamas-Rodriguez is a member of the Global Internet TV Consortium, a network of media scholars studying the implications of internet-distributed screen content around the world. He is also the host of the Global Media Cultures podcast and the lead of the “Borders in the Time of COVID-19” project.