Yeidy Rivero

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Associate Professor

Surface Mail: 105 S. State Street | 6330 North Quad, Ann Arbor MI 48109-1285

Office Location(s): 6427 North Quad
Office Hours: Winter 2014: Wed. 3:00-5:00 pm, and by appt.
Phone: 734.764.5744
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  • Affiliation(s)
    • Faculty Affiliate: Department of American Culture (AC), Latina/o Studies (LS)
    • Faculty: Department of Screen Arts & Cultures (SAC)
  • Fields of Study
    • Television studies
    • Race and media
    • Global media
    • Latino/a, Spanish Caribbean, Latin American, and African diaspora studies
  • About

    Yeidy Rivero’s scholarship focuses on the ‘lowbrow’ medium of television—seemingly a drastic departure from her dedication to the ‘high-art’ of theatre during her undergraduate and M.A. days.  Indeed, her thesis director at City University of New York-Stony Brook was perplexed when she announced that she was going to study television and pursue a Ph.D. in Radio-TV-Film at the University of Texas at Austin (“Where did I go wrong,” he wondered).  Of course, in similar fashion, all of her former undergraduate teatreros regularly trashed television but would have ‘sold out’ in a heartbeat to be in a telenovela. Many of these same friends migrated to New York City to work in theatre but survived financially on very lucrative gigs doing Spanish-language voice-overs.  For Rivero and for her teatrero friends, television played an important part in their theatre lives, whether they acknowledged it or not.

    Needless to say, Rivero’s theatre background has been a pivotal component in her studies of television in the Spanish Caribbean and Latin America.  Her focus on race and ethnic
    representation in television/media has been influenced by the anti-black racism she witnessed in casting practices in television in Puerto Rico and that also reverberated across the region.  Drawing on the fundamental relationship between creative people and audiences in the theater world, Rivero’ has paid close attention to both of these groups in her research by regularly communicating with directors, actors, and audience members.  Much of her work includes these diverse voices, such as in her examination of a telenovela (Yo soy Betty la fea), a situation comedy (¿Qué pasa U.S.A.?), and an adaptation of a US format (A Corazón Abierto).  Similarly, her initial curiosity in researching Cuban commercial television (her current book project) gestated from conversations with actors, directors, and scriptwriters.  

    In many ways, Rivero’s publications and research agenda are a product of her long held interests and training in theatre. Rivero studies and teaches television/media with the eyes of a theatre-trained person and her interests reside with those who “do” television.

    Recent Courses Taught


    SAC 366: All in the Sitcom Family
    SAC 381: Latinos/as and the Media


    SAC 620: Television Genres
    SAC 632: The Television Revolution

  • Education
    • Ph.D., Department of Radio, TV, & Film, Univeristy of Texas at Austin, 2000
    • M.A., Theater, State University of New York at Stony Brook, 1993
    • B.A., Drama, minor in Communications, University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras, 1991
  • Awards
    • LSA Michigan Humanities Award (Fall 2012), University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 2011
    • Visiting Resident Scholar, Annenberg School or Communication, University of Pennsylvania, Fall 2009
    • Trustee’s Teaching Award, Department of Communication and Culture, Indiana University-Bloomington, 2008
  • Grants
    • Ford Foundation Post-Doctoral Fellowship, 2003-2004
  • Works-In-Progress
    • Broadcasting Modernity: Cuban Commercial TV, 1950-1960, Under contract, Duke University Press.
    • Contemporary Latina/o Media: Rethinking Production, Circulation and Politics, co-edited with Arlene Dávila, New York University Press, 2014.
  • Selected Publications:
  • Books
  • Articles
  • Book Chapters