Lydia Huerta, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Gender, Race, and Identity and Communication Studies
Lydia Huerta



Lydia Huerta holds a joint faculty position in the department of communication and the gender, race, and identity program at the University of Nevada, Reno. Huerta specializes in 20th and 21st century cultural studies of the Americas, with an emphasis on the relationship between social media and narratives about the US/Mexico border. Her primary research examines the cultural production created in response to the women-killings in Ciudad Juárez since 1993. Other research interests focus on social movements, cultural narratives and public policies created in the United States and Mexico, which call attention to issues related to undocumented populations, specifically, women and LGBTQ migrants.

Research interests

  • Latinx/Chicanx and Latin American communication and cultural studies
  • Social media and popular culture studies
  • Narrative theory
  • Critical communication pedagogy
  • Feminist, gender and sexuality studies
  • Group identity formation and social movements
  • Cognitive and social neuroscience criticism
  • Decolonial, Postcolonial, Globalization studies

Courses taught

  • WMST 250: Introduction to Feminist Theory
  • COM 412: Intercultural Communication


  • Ph.D., Iberian and Latin American Languages and Cultures, University of Texas at Austin, 2012
  • M.A., Hispanic Language and Literature, Boston University, 2006
  • B.A., Hispanic Language and Literature, Boston University, 2005