Angela Aguayo

Angela Aguayo
Associate Professor of Media & Cinema Studies; Acting Director of the Roger Ebert Center for Film Studies
236 Gregory Hall

PhD in Communications, 2005, University of Texas, Austin

Course Specialties
  • Introduction to Documentary 
  • New Media, Culture and Society 
  • Gender and Popular Culture 
  • Documentary and Social Change
Research/Creative Endeavor

Angela J. Aguayo is Associate Professor in the Department of Media & Cinema Studies and Acting Director of the Roger Ebert Center for Film Studies at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Angela’s scholarly research and production practice reflect an interdisciplinary focus on documentary, media studies, rhetoric, critical and cultural studies. She is focused on the possibilities for documentary to engage the process of social change, with the specific attention to collective identification and the new media technologies used in conjunction with the genre to mobilize participatory media publics. As a scholar-media artist specializing in participatory and engaged cinema, her most recent book, Documentary Resistance: Social Change and Participatory Media (Oxford University Press, 2019) investigates the political impact of documentary practice. Aguayo is also an award-winning director and producer of documentary shorts utilized in community engagement campaigns, exhibited at museums, and viewed at film festivals around the world, including such prestigious sites as Anthology Film Archives, The Art Institute of Chicago and Harvard University. Most recently, Aguayo is the founding Director of the Illinois Community Media Project, establishing efforts to support media production opportunities for underserved communities across the state of Illinois.