Hector Amaya is Professor and Chair of the Department of Media Studies at the University of Virginia. He is an expert on transnational media, the philosophy of communication, citizenship, and ethnicity. His most recent book, Citizenship Excess: Latinos/as, Media, and the Nation, analyzes the raise of anti-Latino nativism after 9/11. In his previous book, Screening Cuba: Film Criticism as Political Performance During the Cold War, Amaya investigates how people in different nations, Cuba and the USA, make sense of political film and media. Amaya is currently finishing his third book, Trafficking: The Violent Restructuring of Publicity in Mexico and the United States, in which he analyzes public culture inspired by drug violence.
Amaya was born in Mexico and began his education at the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana (Mexico City, Mexico). He continued his education with a Masters in Communication Studies at the University of Calgary (Canada), and a Ph.D. in Radio, Television and Film at the University of Texas at Austin. Amaya is a leader of Latino issues in his professional organizations. He is the Past-Chair of the Latino Communication Studies Division and Past-Chair of the La Raza Caucus at the National Communication Association. He is also the Past-Chair of the Latino Caucus at the Society of Cinema and Media Studies. He serves in a number of editorial boards, and frequently speaks on issues of Latinos and the media, transnational media, racial and ethnic justice, digital culture, and cultures of violence.