Hannah NoelDr. Hannah Noel

Assistant Professor, English/Communication


About Me

I encourage my students to think beyond “common sense” or traditional ways of thinking while promoting a bridge between theory and practice. From 2014-2017, I was a Visiting Assistant Professor of Latin American, Caribbean, and Latino Studies at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.

Special Projects/Activities

Reviews and Film Editor, Diálogo, an interdisciplinary Latino and Latin American Studies peer-reviewed journal, published by University of Texas Press.

Research/Creative Interests

My research interests include media and cultural studies, race, ethnicity, new racism, and immigration. My publications and current book project, Representing Immigration Crisis: Latinos, Crime, and Race in the Obama Era, use cultural studies theory and critical discourse to argue that cross-media representations of transnational immigration influence dominate political rhetoric, immigration policy, and Latinx racialization. My next book project will study participatory Internet memes and white ethno-racial formation.


“Branding Guilt: American Apparel Inc. and Latina Labor in Los Angeles.” Diálogo: An Interdisciplinary Journal Published by the Center for Latino Research at DePaul University. Special Issue: Reframing Immigration in the Américas. Volume 18, Number 2, Fall 2015.

“Imagining Postville: National Public Radio and the Discourse of Latina/o Representation.” The Routledge Companion to Latina/o Media. Edited by María Elena Cepeda and Dolores Inés Casillas. New York: Routledge Press, 2017.

Review of Whose Child am I? unaccompanied, undocumented children in US immigration Custody. By Susan J. Terrio. University of California Press, 2015. Latino Studies. XV.3 Autumn 2017

Conference Participation

“Where have we been? Where are we going? Understanding the Rise of Trumpism, the Alt-Right, and Developing Strategies of Dissent.” American Studies Association. November 9-12, Chicago. 2017

“Obama’s Immigration Legacy: Representations of Belonging and the Criminalization of the Undocumented.” American Studies Association, Denver, Colorado. 2016

“Straight Shooting: Colorblindness, Latinos, and the Representation of Post-9/11 Political Correctness.” Latina/o Studies Association, Pasadena, California. 2016

Contact Information

Office: Mark Hopkins 109B



Office Hours

Tuesday/Thursday, 3:00-3:50pm
Wednesdday, 10:00-10:50am



Ph.D., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 2014

M.A., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 2010

B.A. with Honors, cum laude, Williams College, 2008


Courses Taught

ENGL 150: College Writing II, Fall 2017/Spring 2018

ENGL 250, Introduction to Literature, Fall 2016

ENGL 210: Essentials of Film, Spring 2018

ENGL 490: Senior Seminar, Media and Immigration, Spring 2018