Nombre: Melixa Izquierdo

País: EEUU

Empresa: Farmingdale State College

Cargo: Assistant Professor






Melixa Abad Izquierdo

14 Delamere Pl. Deer Park NY 11729

(631) 940-8254


Ph. D. August, 2011 Stony Brook University

Dissertation title: “A Melodramatic Miracle: The Telenovela in the Making of Mexican Politics and Culture, 1950–1980”

Dissertation Director: Paul Gootenberg; Committee Members: Brooke Larson, Nancy Tomes and Eric Zolov.

M.A. 2005 State University of New York at Stony Brook, Major: Latin American History

B.A. 2002 University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus, Major: Education in History

Professional Experience

Farmingdale State College, Farmingdale, NY

Assistant Professor, History, Economics and Politics Department (2013-present)


“A Melodramatic Miracle: The Cultural and Political Economy of the Mexican Telenovela, 1950-1980” In  Soap Operas and Telenovelas in the Digital Age: Global Industries, Hybrid Content, and New Audiences.” Edited by Diana I.Rios and Mari Castañeda. New York: Peter Lang, 2011.

Invited Talks

“Breve historia de las telenovelas. Las telenovelas pasan en un país sin gobierno, ni economía, ni problemas.” At The Departamento de Ciencias de la Comunicación in Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana-Cuajimalpa, Mexico City, March 15, 2013.”

“Mexican Cinderellas: Indians maid on TV in the Mid-twentieth Century,” at the History and Social Studies Education Department at Buffalo State College, October 25, 2012.

“The Consumption of Tears: Mexican Telenovelas in the 1970s.” Bildner Center for Western Hemisphere Studies, Panel Event: “Elite and Popular Consumption Practices in Mexico,” held on Monday, November 15, 2010 at The Graduate Center, City University of New York.

Selected Presentations

“Mirror, Mirror: The Origins of the Cinderella Plotline in Mexican Telenovelas 1968-1973,” VI International Conference on the History of Gender and Women in Mexico, March 14, 2013, El Colegio de Mexico, Mexico City.

Malinchismo on Mexican TV and the Development of Telenovelas” Presented at the 126th Annual Meeting of the American Historical Association in January 7, 2012 at Chicago, Illinois.

“Cinderella, Indians and Aspirations to Modernity: Mexican Telenovelas 1958-1973.” Presented at Popular Culture Association Conference in April 10, 2008 at San Francisco, California.

“The Soap Operas Happen in a Country without Government, Economy or Problems: Telenovelas, Politics and Censorship” presented at LASA 2006 Decentering Latin American Studies in March 17, 2006, Hotel Caribe Hilton, San Juan, Puerto Rico.


Paul Gootenberg, Professor, History Department, Stony Brook University, (631) 632-7507,

Ligia Rodríguez, Associate Professor and Chair Modern Languages Department,  Farmingdale State College,              (631) 420-2675,

Eric Zolov, Associate Professor, History Department, Stony Brook University, (631) 632-7515

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