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Centre for Media Studies

Dr Patria Roman-Velazquez


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Centre for Media Studies

Research Associate

Dr Patria Roman-Velazquez


Dr Roman-Velazquez was awarded a Ph.D. from Leicester University in 1996 and completed her BA and MA at the University of Puerto Rico where she taught for three years before joining City in 1999. She has published articles in a number of journals and edited collections and is the author of The Making of Latin London: Salsa Music, Place and Identity (Ashgate 1999).
Patria's background and circumstances account for her research profile and interests to date, from the salsa clubs of London, the streets of Old San Juan (Puerto Rico) to the numerous Latin American neighbourhoods in London. These themes can be found in her approach to salsa clubs and Latin Americans in London, with an emphasis on diasporas, music, place and identity. It also appears in her research about the regulation of the nocturnal city and consumption practices in San Juan, this time with an emphasis on urban cultural policy and its impact upon the character of the nocturnal street. It is also present when exploring Latin places in London, in this instance focusing on the relationship between place, urban renewal and entrepreneurship. Her research on urban cultures is part of ongoing engagement with debates on communication and the city.

She is Vice-Coordinator of the Communication & the City group of the Association of Latin American Communication Researchers (ALAIC). She has been a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Popular Music Studies, Blackwell, USA since February 1998, and a member of the International Advisory Board for City Analysis of urban trends, culture, theory, policy and action, Routledge, UK since August 2005. She is also an Associate Fellow at the Institute for the Studies of the Americas, School of Advanced Studies, University of London.
Specialism: Communication and the City, Place, Identity, Latin Americans in London, Ethnography.