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Amanda Martinez


Ph.D. Texas A&M
M.A. University of Houston
B.A. St. Mary's University

Research Interests and Background

I teach a variety of courses for communication studies, educational studies, and sociology, including intercultural communication, media effects, women/men/communication, nonverbal communication, rhetorical criticism, public speaking, and argumentation and debate.

My educational and research interests include the effect of television ads on eating habits and body image among ethnically diverse college woman, the ambivalent role of tradition in food choices, a trans-disciplinary perspective on health communication, the interactions of health, culture, and change in the Mexican-American diet, and the reaction of Latino audiences to Latino comedians' race-based humor.