Dolores Inés Casillas

Associate Professor

Office Hours

on sabbatical (fall quarter 2018)

Office Location

1705 South Hall


U.S. Spanish-language media, radio/sound practices, language politics, Latino popular culture, gender & migration


University of California, Davis B.A. Gender and Women’s Studies
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor M.Ed. Curriculum Theory & Development
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor M.A. American Culture
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor Ph.D. American Culture



U.S. Spanish-language Media; Chicana & Latina Popular Culture; Radio & Sound Practices; Racial Politics of Language; Accent Studies; and Language Learning Technologies

1930s Loteria Card

Faculty Affiliate: Film & Media Studies; Center for Information, Technology & Society (CITS); Latin American Studies; and Applied Linguistics




SKILLS (School Kids Investigating Language in Life and Society) is an academic outreach project of the Center for California Languages and Cultures in the Institute of Social, Behavioral, and Economic Research at the University of California, Santa Barbara. It's a collaborative project led by Professors Mary Bucholtz (Linguistics), Jin Sook Lee (Education), and D. Inés Casillas (Chicana and Chicano Studies) with an impressive interdisciplinary team of graduate student teachers and undergraduate interns in five local high school classrooms. SKILLS promotes academic success and critical engagement by teaching students how to conduct research and engage in activist work on issues of language, power, and identity in their lives and communities.


D. Inés Casillas is also a proud school board member of ADELANTE CHARTER SCHOOL, the only dual-langauge (Spanish-English) K-6 school in Santa Barbara. The mission of Adelante Charter School is to develop bi-literate, multi-cultural students whose strong academic and cultural foundations prepare them to meaningfully participate and provide leadership in their families, their community and their world to create a more just and equitable society.



 Sounds of Belonging: U.S. Spanish-language Radio and Public Advocacy. Critical Cultural Communication Series. (New York: New York University Press, 2014).

* Book of the Year by the American Association for Hispanics in Higher Education 

* Honorable Mention for Best Latino Studies Book by the Latino Studies Section of the Latin American Studies Association.

     Routledge Companion for Latina/o Media Studies. Co-edited with Maria Elena Cepeda (Williams College). (New York: Routledge Press, 2016).


Feeling It: Language, Race, and Affect in Latinx Youth Learning. Co-edited with Mary Bucholtz and Jin Sook Lee. (New York: Routledge Press, 2018).


Dolores Inés Casillas, Juan Sebastian Ferrada and Sara Veronica Hinojos, "The Accent on Modern Family: Listening to Representations of the Latina Vocal Body." Aztlan: A Journal of Chicano Studies, Vol. 43, No. 1 (Spring 2018): 61-88.

Mary Bucholtz, Dolores Inés Casillas, and Jin Sook Lee, "Culture and Language as Sustenance." In Culturally Sustaining Pedagogies: Teaching and Learning for Educational Justice in a Changing World," edited by Django Paris and H. Samy Alim, 43-59. New York: Teachers College Press, 2017.

Mary Bucholtz, Dolores Inés Casillas, and Jin Sook Lee,“Team Collaboration and Educational Partnership in Sociocultural Linguistics.” American Speech: A Quarterly of Linguistic Usage, vol. 90. no. 2, (May 2015): 230-245.

Dolores Inés Casillas, "Lost in Translation: The Politics of Race and Language in U.S. Spanish-Language Radio Ratings." In Contemporary Latina/o Media: Production, Circulation, Politics, edited by Arlene Davila and Yiedy Rivero, 206-222. New York: New York University Press, 2014.

Dolores Inés Casillas, "Listening to Race and Migration on U.S. Spanish-language Radio." In Radio's New Wave: Global Sound in the Digital Era, edited by Michele Hilmes and Jason Loviglio, 91-105. New York: Routledge Press, 2013.

Dolores Inés Casillas, “Sounds of Surveillance: U.S. Spanish-language Radio Patrols La Migra.” American Quarterly, vol. 63, no. 3 (September 2011): 807-829. DOI: 10.1353/aq.2011.0047.

Dolores Inés Casillas, “Adiós El Cucuy: Immigration and Laughter over the Aiwaves.” Boom: A Journal of California, Vol. 1, Number 3 (September 2011): 44–56. DOI: 10.1525/boom.2011.1.3.44.

Dolores Inés Casillas, “Puuurrrooo MÉXICO!: Listening to Transnationalism on U.S. Spanish-language Radio.” In Beyond el Barrio: Everyday Life in Latina/o Americaedited by Gina Perez, Frank Guridy, and Adrian Burgos, 44-62. New York: New York University Press, 2010.


National Public Radio, "NPR In Spanish: Approaching Content For A Bilingual Audience" (December 14, 2017):

NBC News,"Entering College? Latino Professors Share Some Great Advice" (August 26, 2016):

NBC News, "Latino Political Pulse: How Hispanics Have Changed California Politics" (June 7, 2016):

NBC News, "Latinos, Other Lawmakers Oppose GOP Requiring Use of 'Alien,' 'Illegal Alien'" (May 18, 2006):

NBC News, "Can Marco Rubio Break Through on Super Tuesday?" (February 28, 2016):

National Public Radio (NPR), "On Point, Lessons for the Country in California's Latino Plurality" (January 2016):

BuzzFeed, "iHeart Radio and Pandora are Connecting Campaigns with Latino Voters for 2016" (November 2015):

ABCNEWS.COM via Associated Press, "Trump, Republican Campaign Light up Spanish-language Radio" (September 2015):

National Public Radio (NPR), "Here & Now - Donald Trump and Immigration Dominating Spanish-language Radio" (September 2015):

Pacifica Radio, "Letters & Politics - Interview with the Author" (February 2015):

National Public Radio (NPR), "Codeswitch - To Pitbull's Fans Around The World, 'Dale' is a Way of Life" (August 2014):