Angelica Hill is a Sociology major with aspirations to teach and do research that empowers and encourages others to address the social issues that are closest to their hearts and communities. During her summer research internship with Eastern Washington University’s Ronald E. McNair program, Angelica performed a content analysis of newspaper articles that reported on the femicide occurring in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. Under the guidance of her McNair mentor, Dr. Meraz Garcia, Angelica compiled a data set of over 60 newspaper articles from four major newspapers across the United States. The goal of this research is to bring greater awareness to the femicide and examine how newspapers in the U.S. presented the femicide victims to their local audiences. Angelica has had the opportunity to present her research and conclusions at several symposiums and the annual Pacific Sociological Association conference.
With the help of the McNair program, Angelica applied to and has been accepted into several PhD programs. She credits her successful application to the opportunities presented by the McNair program and the encouragement of Dr. Pui -Yan Lam, Dr. Martin Meraz Garcia and Dr. Sean Chabot, who supported her through the application process and with letters of recommendation that highlight her diligence and commitment to her academic career.
Summer 2011 McNair Internship Faculty Research Mentor: Dr. Martin Meraz-Garcia, EWU Chicano Education Program
20th Annual National McNair Research Conference and Graduate Fair, Lake Geneva, WI: November 11-13, 2011
Presented by the Mid-America Association of Educational Opportunity Program Personnel (MAEOPP)
and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Abstract: Competing Media Portrayals of Victims' in Ciudad Juarez Femicide
Angelica K. Hill, (Martin Meraz Garcia), Department of Sociology and Department of Political Science, Eastern Washington University, Washington
This paper uses content analysis to examine how news publications reporting on the 1993-2007 femicide in Ciudad Juarez portrayed the murder victims for U.S. audiences. The close proximity of Ciudad Juarez to the U.S. border and our shared economic and social ties merit further investigation on how the victims are presented in state and nationally circulating newspapers to the audiences they inform. Research questions were designed using inductive and deductive methods which allowed for an in-depth understand of the contested framing done by C. Juarez state officials compared to community members or activists. By examining news reports, this research assesses the use of contested frames and how this impacted resource distribution and the concern of audiences in the U.S. for stopping a more than decade long femicide. Additionally, the research critically examines the way the frames are utilized to present the victims within the media; showing how negative framing of victims' lifestyle or personal choices can shape the way society thinks about the victims of femicide and gendered violence in general.
Winter/Spring 2012 Graduate School Acceptances:
- University of Akron: PhD Program; Sociology
- Florida International University: PhD Program; Global and Sociocultural Studies
- Portland State University: MA Program; Sociology
With the help of the McNair program, Anglica applied to and has been accepted into several PhD programs. She credits her successful application to the opportunities presented by the McNair program and the encouragement of Dr. Pui-Yan Lam, Dr. Martin Meraz Garcia and Dr. Sean Chabot, who supported her through the application process and with letters of recommendation that highlighted her diligence and commitment to her academic career.