Gabriela Martinez

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Professor Gabriela Martínez is an international award-winning documentary filmmaker who has produced, directed, or edited more than 12 ethnographic and social documentaries. Her early documentary work includes Ñakaj and Textiles in the Southern AndesMamacoca, and Qoyllur Rit’i: A Woman’s Journey, and her most recent work includes Media, Women, and Rebellion in Oaxaca and Keep Your Eyes On Guatemala.

In addition to her documentary work, Martínez is a scholar who specializes in international communication and the political economy of communication. While her primary geographical area of expertise is Latin America, she also looks at, weaves in, and analyzes historical, political, cultural, and economic connections highlighting the longstanding connection of this region to other countries and continents around the globe.

Professor Martínez is the co-creator of the Latino Roots in Oregon Project, a faculty/student- and grassroots-led historical digital repository.

Professor Martínez has served as associate director for the Center for the Study of Women in Society (CSWS) and currently is the director for the Center for Latino/a and Latin American Studies (CLLAS). She is affiliated faculty with the Latin American Studies Program (LAS), Cinema Studies Department, and the Folklore and Public Culture Program.


  • PhD, University of Oregon, 2005
  • MA, San Francisco State University, 2000
  • BA, San Francisco State University, 1999


Latin American Telecommunications: Telefónica’s Conquest. Lexington Books/Rowman and Littlefield Publishers. (2008).

Cinema Law in Latin America: Brazil, Peru and Colombia.” Jump Cut No.50 (Spring 2008)

Peru—Case Study on Donor Support to Independent Media,” 1990-2010. The Media Map Project-The Impact of Media Development Worldwide. The World Bank Institute, Internews, and the Annenberg School of Communication at the University of Pennsylvania. (2012).

“Independent Filmmaking in the Peruvian Context.” In D. Baltruschat and M. Erickson  (2015) (Eds.) Independent Film Around the Globe.Toronto, Buffalo, London: University of Toronto Press.


Media, Women, and Rebellion in Oaxaca (2008)

Keep Your Eyes On Guatemala (2013)
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Agents of Change: A Legacy of Feminist Research, Teaching, and Activism at the University of Oregon (2013)




Martínez’s research focuses broadly on the study of telecom and media. Some of the topics at the core of her research are media ownership, media culture, media trans-nationalism, and globalization. Her research interests include the global circulation of technologies and cultural products and the economic, social, cultural, and political impact in Third World countries, especially Latin America. Furthermore, she focuses on the study of human rights and social movements as well as the relationship of these to media content production and distribution.

Areas of Expertise

  • Electronic media
  • International communication
  • Latin American studies