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I am a multimedia producer, Latinamericanist communication scholar, lifelong educator, and politically engaged Chicano from Southern California. My scholarship focuses primarily on the relationship between the media and social processes – it is interdisciplinary and involves the fields of political communication, mediatization theory, political culture and identity, sociocultural theory, Latin American studies, international media systems, critical pedagogy, Human Rights discourse and memory, educational technologies, Chicana/o studies, border studies, and the media production of social movements. In addition to my Ph.D. in Communication, I have a Master’s degree in Latin American Studies, two BCLAD teaching credentials, and a B.A. in Ethnic Studies. My first book, titled Television, Democracy, and the Mediatization of Chilean Politics, was published in January of 2018.
I have been a successful educator for over 25 years. Twelve years of my service were as a 9th grade teacher in Barrio Logan, a few blocks away from Chicano Park, where I played a central role within numerous innovative school leadership programs involving students, parents, and educational technology. I am proud to admit that I have also been a videographer, an editor of several newspapers, a construction worker, and I built my own lowrider – a 1965 El Camino. I am a community organizer, having both founded and served in positions of leadership within numerous organizations during the last 30 years.
My academic work demonstrates my training in media theories and research methods, although it does not provide a picture of my first-hand knowledge in media production. A substantial part of my community work has involved media production, and I have independently published several non-academic books, produced dozens of pamphlets, booklets, and several short video documentaries, developed numerous websites, and directed multiple social media campaigns.
I am currently a lecturer for the Department of Communication at UCSD, but I am also on the job market so if you hear something, please hit me up.