Raiana de Carvalho

Raiana de Carvalho

Doctoral Advisor: Anne Osborne


B.A. in Social Communication and Journalism, Federal University of Ceara

M.A. in Communication Studies, Kent State University

Areas of Research: identity formation, social representation, political engagement and activism, social media, health communication


de Carvalho, R. (2024). Remembering Marielle Franco: Haunting online presence and the memorialization of resistance on social media. Media, Culture & Society. https://doi.org/10.1177/01634437241228734

Corsbie-Massay, C. L., Riley, B. K., de Carvalho, R. (2022). Examinations of the unprofitability of authentic Blackness: Insights from Black media professionals. Journal of Applied Communication Research, 50(3), 327-343. https://doi.org/10.1080/00909882.2022.2083433

de Carvalho, R. & Green, K. (Nov 2022). Mi Gente: Representations of Latinx in Netflix’s Gentefied. Presented at the National Communication Association (NCA) 108th Annual Convention, New Orleans, LA, USA.

de Carvalho, R. (Aug 2022). Remembering, Resisting: A Rhetorical Analysis of the Memorialization of Brazilian Activist Marielle Franco on YouTube. Presented at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) 105th Annual Conference, Detroit, MI, USA.


Raiana de Carvalho's research explores how media is implicated in identity formation, social representation, political engagement and activism, especially among historically marginalized groups and Latin American contexts. She is interested in how groups occupying different intersections of gender, race, age, nationality, ability and health are represented in popular media, as well as how they use social media for identity negotiation, resistance, visibility and social justice. During her master's and Ph.D. programs, Raiana has taught courses on diversity in public relations, media and diversity, public speaking, and health communication.

Before continuing her studies at the graduate level in the U.S., Raiana worked in Brazil as a journalist for a print magazine specializing in design and architecture. During her undergraduate studies in social communication and journalism, she also interned at different Brazilian non-profits focused on children's welfare, media literacy and human rights.