Ph.D. University of Texas, 1995
Undergraduate: Ethnicity, Race, Gender in Media; International Electronic Media; Rock and Roll Media;
Hispanic Media; Studies in Spanish Media (TTU Seville campus).
Graduate: Administration of Communications Media; Ethnic-Oriented Media; Hispanic Media; Seminar in International Communication. Visiting professor at University of Navarra (Pamplona, Spain) and University of Paris II (French Institute of the Press).
My research focuses on international communication, Hispanic-oriented media in the
U.S., and Hispanic health communication. I study how language, culture and economics
interact in national, regional and global media markets. Recent publications examine
the historical development of Spanish-language television in the U.S., promoting healthy
diets among Hispanics in rural West Texas, and cross-national studies of 2012 U.S.
presidential election coverage as well as uses and gratifications young adults derive
from their smartphones.
Find out more about Dr. Wilkinson's research.
I have been teaching since 1988 when I taught English in Cuzco, Peru. My first full-time position was at the Monterrey Tec in Monterrey, Mexico. Before coming to Texas Tech in 2006 I taught at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) for ten years. I have been Principal Investigator or Co-PI on four funded grants at Texas Tech, and have served as a consultant in the medical translation industry.
Leadership / awards:
Director, Thomas Jay Harris Institute for Hispanic and International Communication;
Editor, International Journal of Hispanic Media; Fulbright Fellow, Universidad de
los Andes in Santiago, Chile 2016; Texas Tech Teaching Academy 2010; President's Excellence
in Teaching Award 2009; College of Mass Communication Outstanding Research Award 2009;
College of Mass Communications Billy I. Ross Faculty Achievement Award 2008; founding
graduate adviser for M.A. in Communication at UTSA; External Fellow for Dartmouth
College Humanities Institute, 2000.
Harris Institute for Hispanic and International Communication
International Journal of Hispanic Media
Kent Wilkinson's Chile Fulbright Blog
College of Media & Communication
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