Associate Professor (Ph.D., Univ. of Texas-Austin, MA Univ. of Michigan-Ann Arbor)
Department of Communication, El Instituto
Areas of Interest:
Communication, Chicana/o-Latina/o Studies, Ethnicity/Race, Gender/Women Studies
Professor Rios served as director of the Institute for Puerto Rican and Latino Studies (IPRLS) from March 2009 to December 2010 and associate director of IPRLS during 1997-2003. She is the author of many publications and papers examining mass media processes, audience and content, and aspects of ethnicity, race, culture and gender. She is co-editor of and contributor in Brown and Black Communication: Latino and African American Conflict and Convergence in Mass Media, Praeger, 2003; co-editor of and contributor in Soap Operas and Telenovelas in the Digital Age, 2011, New York, Peter Lang; co-editor of and contributor in Women in Academia: The Fight for Equity, 2011, Hampton Press. She was a University of California, Berkeley visiting scholar in 2005 and a social sciences visiting professor at Michigan State University in 2011. She chaired the UConn social sciences committee of the General Education Oversight Committee, served on Graduate Faculty Council, was liaison for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Assessment Committee, served as university senator, among other work for the university. She completed a three-year term on the national/international accreditation body, ACEJMC. She been an officer and member of the board of directors for two major communication associations—AEJMC and ICA, and has received presidential citations from AEJMC.