Clemencia Rodríguez
Clemencia Rodríguez
Departments: Media Studies and Production, Media & Communication
Office: 215-204-5752


Clemencia Rodríguez has a PhD in International Telecommunication and a Master’s Degree in Communication and Development from Ohio University. She completed a BA in Communication at Universidad Javeriana in Bogotá, Colombia.

Rodríguez is a Colombian US-based media and communication scholar recognized for her role in establishing and promoting the field of alternative and community media studies, notably through her work on 'citizens' media.' 

In her book titled Fissures in the Mediascape: An International Study of Citizens’ Media (2001), Rodríguez developed her "citizens' media theory," a ground-breaking approach to understanding the role of community/alternative media in our societies. Her research explores how communities that engage in their own media production revise understandings of self, re-name the world, and activate individual and collective processes of empowerment and social change.

In 2011 Rodríguez published Citizens' Media Against Armed Conflict: Disrupting Violence in Colombia (University of Minnesota Press), where she documents how people living in the shadow of war use community radio, television, video, digital photography, and the Internet, to shield their communities from armed violence's negative impacts. This involved fieldwork in regions of Colombia where leftist guerillas, right-wing paramilitary groups, the army, and drug traffickers made their presence felt in the lives of unarmed civilians.

She continues to teach in the areas of international communication, communication, development and social change, and gender.


  • Rodríguez, Clemencia. (2011). Citizens’ Media against Armed Conflict: Disrupting Violence in Colombia. Minneapolis: The University of Minnesota Press.
  • Rodríguez, Clemencia; Kidd, Dorothy; and Stein, Laura.  (eds.) (2010). Creating New Communication Spaces.  Volume I of “Making Our Media: Global Initiatives Toward a Democratic Public Sphere.” Euricom Monographs, Hampton Press.
  • Stein, Laura; Kidd, Dorothy; and Rodríguez, Clemencia. (eds.) (2009). National and Global Movements for Democratic Communication. Volume II of “Making Our Media: Global Initiatives Toward a Democratic Public Sphere.” Euricom Monographs, Hampton Press.
  • Rodríguez, Clemencia. (ed.) (2008). Lo Que le Vamos Quitando a la Guerra. Medios Ciudadanos en Contextos de Conflicto Armado en Colombia. [What we are Stealing from War. Citizens’ Media in Contexts of Armed Conflict in Colombia]. Bogotá, Colombia: Centro de Competencias en Comunicación, Fundación Friedrich Ebert.
  • Rodríguez, Clemencia. (2001). Fissures in the Mediascape: An International Study of Citizens’ Media. Cresskill, NJ: Hampton Press.
  • Rodríguez, Clemencia. (2016). “Human agency and media praxis: Re-centering alternative and community media research.” Journal of Alternative and Community Media, 1, 36 - 38.
  • Rodríguez, Clemencia and Romero Martha Cecilia. (2016). Propuesta para un viraje en el estudio de los medios en las márgenes. OBETS, Revista de Ciencias Sociales, 11:1, 331 – 351.
  • Rincón, Omar and Rodríguez Clemencia. (2015). “How Can We Tell the Story of the Colombian War?: Bastardized Narratives and Citizen Celebrities.” Popular Communication: The International Journal of Media and Culture, 13:2, 170-182.
  • Rodríguez, Clemencia; Ferron, Benjamin; Shamas, Kristin. (2014). “Four Challenges in the Field of Alternative, Radical and Citizens’ Media Research.” Media, Culture and Society 36(2), 150-166.
  • Rodríguez, Clemencia and Quijano, Melba. (2014). “Cinco Experiencias de Comunicación Alternativa o para el Desarrollo.” Revista Mediaciones, 12: 77 – 87.
  • Rodríguez, Clemencia. (forthcoming). “Studying Media at the Margins. Lessons from the Field.” In Pickard, Victor and Yang, Guobin (eds.) Media Activism: Charting an Evolving Field of Research, Routledge.
  • Pérez Quintero Camilo, Ramírez, Christian, and Rodríguez, Clemencia. (2015). “Cameras and Stories to Dis-Arm Wars: Performative Communication in Alternative Media.” In Atton, Chris (ed.), Alternative Media Companion, 123 - 133. London: Routledge.
  • Rodríguez, Clemencia. (2015). “Community Media as Performers of Peace.” In Hoffman, Julia and Hawkins, Virgil (eds) Communication for Peace: Charting an Emerging Field, 289 - 302. New York: Routledge.
  • Rodríguez, Clemencia. (2014). “A Latin American Approach to Citizen Journalism.” In Allan, Stuart and Thorsen, Einar (Eds.), Citizen Journalism: Global Perspectives, Volume Two, 199 - 209. Peter Lang Publishing.