Regina Marchi is an Associate Professor in the Department of Journalism and Media Studies at SC&I. She is also an affiliated professor with the Rutgers Department of Latino and Hispanic Caribbean Studies; the Rutgers Center for Race and Ethnicity, and the Center for Media Studies.
Dr. Marchi conducts research and teaches courses in media theory and cultural studies, focusing on the intersections of media, culture and politics. Given concerns about the erosion of a broadly shared civic culture and an increasingly consolidated mass media landscape, her research examines alternative forms of political communication and civic engagement. Focusing on communication processes of populations historically marginalized from official politics and news media because of their class, race, gender, ethnicity or age, she is ultimately interested in how media and popular culture advance or hinder possibilities for democratic participation.
She has been recognized for teaching excellence and is a recipient of the National James W. Carey Media Research Award from the Carl Couch Center for Social and Internet Research. She has also received an International Latino Book Award in the category of "Best Political/Historical Book." In addition, she has received a "Leaders in Diversity" Faculty Award from the Rutgers University Office of the President.
Prior to life in academia, Regina Marchi worked as a journalist in the US and Central America. In Central America, she spent time with Mayan communities in Guatemala as well as with Guaymi, Emberá and Kuna Indigenous communities in Panama. She later spent several years working in Boston as a community organizer and program administrator in the areas of public health and urban environmental justice. During this time, she volunteered in local initiatives that used arts and culture to improve community health and foster cross-cultural understanding.
Dr. Marchi teaches courses in the following areas:
(PDFs of some of her publications can be downloaded from the "Other Information" section below.)
Dr. Marchi's book, DAY OF THE DEAD IN THE USA: THE MIGRATION AND TRANSFORMATION OF A CULTURAL PHENOMENON (Rutgers University Press 2009), analyzes public art and cultural rituals as vernacular media that communicate about Latino identity and politics. In 2010, the book won the national James W. Carey Award for Media Research and also received an International Latino Book Award in the category of Best History/Political Book. Regina Marchi has been invited multiple times to discuss her research on National Public Radio and has been a featured author on the international book website TheBrowser.com.
View Professor Marchi discussing her research interests on YouTube : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aj1RkzcihN0
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DAY OF THE DEAD IN THE USA:
THE MIGRATION AND TRANSFORMATION OF A CULTURAL PHENOMENON
“El Dia de los Muertos” has enjoyed renewed popularity since the 1970s, when Chicano artists in the US began expanding “Day of the Dead” north of the Border with altar exhibits, performance art, and other public expressions. This celebration is now featured in newspapers, magazines, TV, radio, museums, and commercial venues across the country. Regina Marchi combines a mix of ethnography, historical research, oral history, and cultural analysis to explore the manifold and unexpected transformations that occur when the tradition is embraced by the US mainstream. DAY OF THE DEAD IN THE USA examines the influence of the mass media, consumer culture, and globalization on the growth of El Dia de los Muertos, providing insights into how public art can create community, transmit oppositional messages, and advance educational, political, and economic goals.
Regina Marchi is currently working on a book project called YOUTH, MEDIA AND THE FUTURE OF NEWS, which investigates how people ages 14-22 become informed about current events via networked communities. The research explores connections between young people's use of non-traditional news and media formats (such as blogs, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram and "fake news" shows) and the development of a sense of political awareness and civic engagement.