Anthony R. Ramirez is an Assistant Professor of Communication and the Assistant Director of the Center for Latino Studies at the University of Houston-Downtown. Anthony is from El Paso, Texas, and received his Ph.D. from Texas A&M University under the advisement of co-advisors Dr. Srividya Ramasubramanian and Dr. Antonio La Pastina. Prior to studying at Texas A&M University, he earned a B.F.A. in Drawing and a M.A. in Communication at the University of Texas at El Paso. His research focuses on Latinx representation in popular culture and media. Other topics of research that he focuses on are media representation of immigration and issues of the U.S./Mexico border.
During his time at Texas A&M, he has been an instructor for a variety of classes within the Department of Communication, a graduate assistant for the Texas A&M Office for Diversity, has served as the President for the Latinx Graduate Student Association, and has been involved in a variety of projects with the Latinx community. Throughout his academic journey, Anthony has discovered a love for public scholarship, peer mentoring, creating content, and creating community. Anthony is an award-winning instructor as his teaching has been recognized by Texas A&M’s Association of Former Students for the Distinguished Graduate Student Award for Excellence in Teaching (2022) and he’s been recognized for Excellence in Teaching and Mentorship (2023) awarded by the Latina/Latino Communication Studies Division and La Raza Caucus of the National Communications Association.
He began various projects such as being the host of his own podcast, Academics and Amigos, and creating his own public research initiative, ReSocial. When Anthony has free time, he enjoys spending time with his family and friends, reading comic books, and playing video games. Also, he is a big fan of Batman, Pearl Jam, the New York Giants, and, most importantly, green chicken enchiladas.