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Curtis Marez

Prof. Marez

Associate Professor


Social Sciences Bldg. Room 225
Phone: 858-822-3405
Fax: 858-534-8194

Office Hours

Spring 2015: TBA

2014-15 Courses

Spring 2015
ETHN 203 - Cultural Studies and Cultural Production
(Th 1:30pm-4:30pm SSB 103)


Ph.D., English, University of California, Berkeley

Research Interests

Dr. Marez' research and teaching focus is on race and political economy in popular culture and media, with a particular emphasis on U.S. Latinos. His first book, Drug Wars: The Political Economy of Narcotics (University of Minnesota Press, 2004) compares official uses of the media to represent drug use and traffic among immigrants and minorities with popular media produced by and for such communities. More recently Dr. Marez has focused on the historical role of technology, especially media technology, in the lives of Mexican migrants in the United States. He is currently completing a new book called Speculative Technologies: Farm Workers and the Secret Histories of New Media, which will be published by Duke University Press. He has also been the editor of American Quarterly (2006-10), the journal of the American Studies Association, and ex officio member of the Association's Executive Committee. In 2013-2014 he will serve as the President of the American Studies Association. In addition to introductory classes in Ethnic Studies, Dr. Marez teaches courses on the history of race and technology; film, television, and new media; and the political economy of culture.