María Celeste Wagner

María Celeste Wagner

Assistant Professor

University of Florida

I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Journalism at the College of Journalism and Communications at the University of Florida. I hold a Ph.D. in Communication from the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania. I received my Licenciatura (BA) in Communication from Universidad de San Andrés in Argentina, my home country, and an MA in Communication at the University of Pennsylvania.

From a mixed methods and comparative approach, I study media reception and influence around political and social issues, particularly those related to intersecting gender inequalities in the Americas. To understand these processes, I primarily draw from surveys, experiments, and qualitative interviewing methods. Fieldwork for my research has been conducted in Argentina and the United States.

Some of my recent publications have explored the emotional experiences, interpretations, and practices of consuming news and perceived misinformation during times of political polarization in the U.S. (Journalism, Digital Journalism); the role of the perceived gender of journalists on the promotion of ideas around the severity of sexual harassment (; and the experiences of watching television entertainment in Argentina and the United States (International Journal of Communication).

With E. Mitchelstein, P. J. Boczkowski, and F. Suenzo, we are working on a book manuscript based on interviews, surveys and experiments during the Argentine 2019 elections, titled The Patina of Distrust: Misinformation in a Context of Generalized Skepticism, under contract with The MIT Press. Other ongoing projects study the role of survivor/victim’s ethno-racial and class backgrounds on news audiences responses in Argentina and the U.S.; anti-gender-based violence advocates' interpretations of news media representations of sexist violence in Argentina and the U.S.; the role of audiences' partisanship and gender in their assessment of sexual harassment scandals involving politicians in the U.S. (with Jin Woo Kim), among others.

In both Argentina and the United States, I have taught introduction to communication, history of the media, social scientific methods, and critical approaches to popular culture. In 2015, I received a Teaching Award at Universidad de San Andrés, given to the best Teaching Assistant at the university.

Among other appointments, I am a member of the organizing committee of the “Media & Communication in Global Latinidades” Pre-Conference at ICA; a research affiliate at the Center for Media and Society in Argentina, and a Working Group coordinator at the Latin American Interdisciplinary Gender Network.

View my CV.

  • PhD in Communication, 2022

    University of Pennsylvania

  • MA in Communication, 2018

    University of Pennsylvania

  • BA in Communication, 2013

    Universidad de San Andres