Congratulations to Regina Marchi, professor of journalism and Media Studies at Rutgers, for receiving two awards at the International Latino Book Awards for her new book “Day of the Dead in the USA: The Migration and Transformation of a Cultural Phenomenon, Revised and Expanded 2nd Edition,”. Professor Marchi’s book is the recipient of awards in two categories, The Raul Yzaguirre Best Political/Current Affairs Book – English and The Dolores Huerta Best Cultural & Community Themed Book – English

The second edition of “Day of the Dead in the USA,” published by Rutgers University Press in 2022, combines a mix of ethnography, historical research, oral history, and critical cultural analysis to explore the manifold and unexpected transformations that occur when the tradition is embraced by the mainstream. The book provides insight into the power of art and ritual to create community, transmit oppositional messages, and advance educational, political, and economic goals. 

Professor Marchi studies alternative forms of media, political communication, and civic engagement, focusing on populations historically marginalized from official politics and news media due to their race, ethnicity, social class, immigration status, gender, or age. She has traveled extensively throughout the Americas, Europe, Asia, and Africa, observing a wide variety of media and cultural practices. Prior to life in academia, she worked as a journalist in the U.S. and Central America. 

Professor Marchi was also interviewed by several newspapers and media outlets. Links to the interviews are below: 

The New York Times

Woman’s Day Magazine

La Voz (the bilingual Spanish publication of The Arizona Republic)



More information on the book: Here

Regina Marchi Book Cover