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Amy Ross Arguedas

Amy Ross Arguedas


Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Trust in News Project)
Office Address:
13 Norham Gardens Oxford, OX2 6PS

I am a communication researcher and postdoctoral research fellow at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism (RISJ). I am currently working on the Trust in News Project, a comparative and mixed-methods research project that seeks to understand the drivers of trust in news media in Brazil, India, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

I completed my PhD in the Media, Technology, and Society program at Northwestern University in March of 2020. Broadly, my research interests include journalism, media, health, gender, and their intersections. My dissertation drew on scholarship from STS, medical sociology, and media studies to examine the rise of a proposed diagnosis called orthorexia nervosa.

Before obtaining my MA at Northwestern University in December of 2015, I worked for five years as a print and online journalist for La Nación, the main newspaper in Costa Rica (where I am from).

Curriculum vitae: Download Cv Amy Ross 20 09 20 (173.9KB)

Research Interests

My research focuses on three main areas:

  • Trust in news
  • Media and knowledge production (particularly about health)
  • Medicalization, health, and gender


Ross Arguedas, A. A. (2020). “Can naughty be healthy?”: Healthism and its discontents in news coverage of orthorexia nervosa. Social Science & Medicine, 246, 112784. doi:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.socscimed.2020.112784

Ross Arguedas, A. A., Scherr, C. L., Dean, M., Getachew-Smith, H., & Clements, M. (2019). Intersections of health and gender imperatives: stratified decision-making among women with a BRCA mutation. BioSocieties. doi:10.1057/s41292-019-00154-8

Ross Arguedas, A. A. (2019). Medicalization in the Media: News Coverage of a New and Uncertain Diagnosis. Journalism Practice, 1-19. doi:10.1080/17512786.2019.1684832

Ross Arguedas, A. A. (2019). Making an Expert: Sources and their Contributions in News Coverage of Orthorexia Nervosa. Journalism, 1–19. doi:https://doi.org/10.1177/1464884919859709

Ross, A. A. (2018). Tracking Health and Fitness: A Cultural Examination of Self-quantification, Biomedicalization, and Gender. In T. M. Hale, W.-Y. S. Chou, S. R. Cotten, & A. Khilnani (Eds.), eHealth: Current Evidence, Promises, Perils and Future Directions (Vol. 15, pp. 123-151): Emerald Publishing Limited.

Ross, A. A. (2017). “If Nobody Gives a Shit, is it Really News?”. Digital Journalism, 5(1), 82-99. doi:10.1080/21670811.2016.1155965