Dr. Amanda Martinez
Assistant Professor of Communication Studies, Education and Sociology
Office: Preyer 211
P.O. Box 6957
Davidson, NC 28035-6957
Dr. Amanda Martinez earned her BA in multinational organizational studies at St. Mary's University in San Antonio, Texas, with a concentration in Spanish and a minor in English Communication Arts. She earned her MA in Mass Communication from the University of Houston, examining in her thesis the effects of television ads on eating habits and body image among ethnically diverse college women. She earned her Ph.D. in Mass Communication and Health Communication from Texas A&M, exploring in her dissertation the reactions of Latino audiences to Latino comedians' race-based humor. She has taught such courses as Intercultural Communication, Media Effects, Women/Men/Communication, Nonverbal Communication, Rhetorical Criticism, Public Speaking, and Argumentation and Debate. In 2011-12, she taught at the University of Houston. Her publications include on such topics as the ambivalent role of tradition in food choices, a trans-disciplinary perspective on health communication, and the interactions of health, culture, and change in the Mexican-American diet. Additional experience includes serving as a litigation consultant, an editorial assistant, and a law intern.