M.A. Candidate – Class of 2020

I am a South Texas native from along the Gulf of Mexico. I began my academic career downtown at NYU where I received my B.S. in Media, Culture and Communication. My areas of concentration were Global and Transcultural Communication and Technology and Society. While at NYU, I focused my research on public media in the digital age, the topic on which I wrote my undergraduate honors thesis. After graduation, I worked for the Newport Festivals Foundation, a nonprofit that puts on a folk and jazz festival in Newport, Rhode Island and runs music education programs for New England youth. As an undergraduate, I also pursued opportunities in social service both in the New York City area and internationally which led me to cultivate an interest in making Spanish-speaking cultures a part of my future career plans. With this in mind, I decided to use my experience in media and educational nonprofit work to pursue a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship in Spain. There, I taught in the Communications and Digital Arts departments of Universidad Camilo José Cela in Madrid. Through my Global Thought degree, I hope to combine the study of international development with media studies to prepare myself for a future career in media and communications in the nonprofit sector with a focus on Spanish-speaking communities.

Research Interests

I am interested in the sociological aspects of international development and the relationship between development and the changing media landscape. I want to research the ways digital media are used in developing countries in addition to how new technologies affect development and shape our ideas of what it means to be a developing country. For example: what does it mean to have access to digital media while lacking basic infrastructure? How are political and social movements around the world changing with the introduction of digital media?

Education

  • New York University, B.S. Media, Culture, and Communication, 2016