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TCU Department of Journalism
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journalism history, Spanish-language media history, immigrant press history, memory studies
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About Me

Melita M. Garza is an American journalism historian who studies news as an agent of democracy, specializing in English- and Spanish-language news, the immigrant press, and coverage of underrepresented groups. Garza, an associate professor at TCU’s Bob Schieffer College of Communication in Fort Worth, is the author of the award-winning They Came to Toil: Newspaper Representations of Mexicans and Immigrants in the Great Depression (University of Texas Press, 2018). They Came to Toil examines English- and Spanish-language news coverage of immigrants during the nation’s longest economic downturn. Her work has been published in Journalism History, American Journalism, and the Howard Journal of Communications. She earned a Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2012 after two decades reporting for the Chicago Tribune, Bloomberg News, and the Los Angeles Times. She also holds an MBA from the University of Chicago and an B.A. from Harvard University. Dr. Garza teaches journalism history, media literacy, business journalism, diversity and the media, as well as teaching in the Honors College. She is a founding faculty member of TCU’s department of Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies and an affiliate of the Department of Women and Gender Studies.

Recent Publications

They Came to Toil: Newspaper Representations of Mexicans and Immigrants in the Great Depression (University of Texas Press, 2018).

Thérèse “Terry” Lueck, David Copeland, Kathy Roberts Forde, and Melita M. Garza, “Roundtable: ‘The Role of Journalism in Defining Democracy,” Historiography in Mass Communication (online journal) 7, no. 3 (2021), 35-49.

Melita M. Garza, “Pleading the Case for a Powerful, Inclusive Canon of Journalism History,” Clio Among the Media, (Newsletter of the AEJMC History Division) January 2019.

Melita M. Garza, “The Mediated Jorge Washington: Remembering George Washington, the Father of Our Countries,” Journalism History, 44, no. 2 (Summer 2018): 70-78.

Melita M. Garza, “Framing Mexicans in Great Depression Editorials: Alien ‘Riff-Raff’ to Heroes,” American Journalism, 34, no. 1 (Winter 2017): 26-48.

Media Coverage
AirTalk with Larry Mantle
Country Focus
United States
Expertise by Geography
United States
Expertise by Chronology
20th century, 21st century
Expertise by Topic
Literary History, Migration & Immigration