As written on the Unversity Record:

"Rivero earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Puerto Rico, a Master of Arts degree from Stony Brook University and a Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin. She was an Indiana University faculty member prior to joining U-M in 2009.

Rivero is a media historian and internationally acclaimed scholar of television studies, race and media, and global media. She helped build the subfield of Latin American and Latina/o television studies through smart mobilization of interdisciplinary methods and focus on understudied regions of the world. 

Her first book, “Tuning Out Blackness: Race and Nation in the History of Puerto Rican Television” (2005), is the first scholarly study of post-World War II television and race in Puerto Rico. She is working on a new book about Cold War radio programming sponsored by the U.S. State Department and targeted to Latin American audiences.

Rivero oversaw a name change of the department she chairs from Screen Arts and Cultures to Film, Television and Media, making its focus more publicly legible. In addition, she worked with faculty to make the curricular requirements for the major more flexible.

Nationally, Rivero serves on the advisory boards of Communication, Culture, & Critique and Studies in Spanish & Latin American Cinemas. She previously was a member of the Society for Cinema and Media Studies executive council and associate editor of the Journal of Communication."