Gabriela Martinez, associate professor of the School of Journalism and Communication, was selected as a Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics Resident Scholar at the University of Oregon.

Each year the Wayne Morse Center hosts two UO faculty members as resident scholars in a discipline related to the current Morse Center theme, which for 2014-2015 is Media and Democracy.

Martinez, a documentary filmmaker and international communications scholar, will focus on Peru, Guatemala and Mexico in order to examine how media production can address human rights violations, promote social change and strengthen democratic practices in countries where socio-political upheaval has had a profound impact.

“I am very honored with my selection as one of the two Wayne Morse Center Resident Scholars,” Martinez said. “This Residency will help me focusing on my research and advance my writing on issues dealing with the intersection between media production and the formation and shaping of collective memories.”

Martinez centers her creative work and scholarship in Latin America, including her current project Media, Democracy and the Construction of Collective Memory. She addresses the shaping, anchoring and complexity of our understanding of historical events and the formation of collective memory.

As a Wayne Morse scholar, Martinez will help frame this year’s theme, advise the center on thematic programs and work on academic writings.

“This is a great opportunity to collaborate with other scholars and community organizations who are connected to the Wayne Morse Center,” Martinez said. “The experience will certainly further enrich my own work.”

–Hayley Lane, ’15 Journalism