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Q-vole. I am a family oriented lowriding educator, multi-media producer, Latinamericanist communication scholar, and politically active Chicano from SoCal. In 2016 I completed a Ph.D. in Communication from UCSD. My doctoral training provided me with a strong background in critical theories of the media and expertise in multiple quantitative and qualitative research methods. My work is interdisciplinary: it involves political communication, Latin American studies, Human Rights discourse and memory, mediatization theory, international media systems, cultural identity, sociocultural theory, critical pedagogy, educational technologies, and Chicana/o studies. My current projects focus on mediated political communication and political culture, as well as how sociocultural theories of learning can inform the design of sociotechnical systems for secondary education.
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. I have also been a successful educator for over 25 years. Twelve years of my service were as a high school teacher in San Diego, where I played a central role within numerous innovative school leadership programs involving students, parents, and technology. I am currently a lecturer for the Department of Communication at UCSD.
I have been a community organizer for over 25 years, and served in positions of leadership in numerous community organizations. A good part of my community work has involved media production – I have worked as an editor to multiple newspapers, independently published two non-academic books, produced dozens of pamphlets and booklets, hundreds of flyers, developed numerous websites, and several short video documentaries.