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Manuel Aviles-Santiago

Biography

Manuel G. Aviles-Santiago is an assistant professor of Communication and Culture at the College of Integrative Sciences and Arts, and an affiliate faculty with the School of Transborder Studies. He obtained his PhD in Media Studies at the Department of Radio-TV-Film at the University of Texas-Austin. His most recent book Puerto Rican Soldiers and Second-Class Citizenship: Representations in Media, examines the cultural history of the imaginary of the Puerto Rican soldier, from representations in traditional media to self-representations in digital/social media. His research interests are within the areas of Technology and Culture, Race/ethnicity and Media, Digital/Social Media, Latino/a and Spanish Caribbean Studies. Born in Mayaguez and raised in Aguada, Puerto Rico, Aviles-Santiago holds a Bachelor Degree in Communications and a Master in Research in Communications from the University of Puerto Rico at Rio Piedras.  

In 2007, Aviles-Santiago was awarded the Ford Foundation Pre-doctoral  administered by the National Research Council. He has worked for several research centers such as Center for Communication Research and the Center for the Study of Latino Media & Markets. He also has worked as Research Assistant and Project Manager for the Voces: Latino and Latina Oral History Project under the advisory of Dr. Maggie Rivas-Rodriguez.  He was invited by the National Forum on Higher Education for the Public Good, funded by the Carnegie Foundation, to conduct a research about undocumented students in higher education. Manu has presented his works at conferences such as the International Communication Association, Race and Media, Society for Cinema and Media Studies, Latino Studies and the Latin American Studies Association conferences. 

In 2016, Avilés-Santiago was awarded the Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship. During his postdoc research leave, he conducted archival research in Puerto Rico for his upcoming book project that explores the tropicalization of the Cold War in Puerto Rico's TV comedy. His work has been published in journals like he Journal of Latin American Communication Research (JLACR), Caribbean Studies Journal, Flow TV and Revista Cruces. He is also a columnist at El Nuevo Dia newspaper. 

 

Education

PhD in Media Studies, 2012
Department of Radio TV and Film, College of Communications
University of Texas at Austin
Advisor: Shanti Kumar, PhD

Masters in Communication Research, 2006
School of Communications
University of Puerto Rico at Rio Piedras
Advisor: Silvia Álvarez-Curbelo, PhD

Bachelor in Arts of Communication, 2002
Summa Cum Laude, School of Communications
University of Puerto Rico at Rio Piedras

Research Interests
  • Digital/Social Media
  • Media Studies
  • Ethnic/Race Studies
  • Puerto Rican, Spanish-Caribbean, and U.S. Latina/o Studies
  • Oral History
  • Digital Storytelling
  • Intercultural Communication
Publications

Recently Published Books

  1. Puerto Rican Soldiers and Second-Class citizenship: Representations in Media. (Palgrave 2014)

Recently Published Articles

  1. Colonial Bodies at the Media Universal Stage: The Case of Puerto Rico’s  Participation in Miss Universe
  2. La Banda: Marketing Confusion, Cultural Hybridity, and Nostalgia
  3. How to Save a Beauty Pageant: The Memeticization of Miss Universe 2015
  4. No Puppet's Land: The Role of Social Media in Puerto Rico's Mainstream Television
  5. Nuestra Belleza Latina and Why Pageants Are Still a Thing Among Latino Audiences
  6. The Technological Embodiment of Colonialism in Puerto Rico

Book Chapters

  1. Avilés-Santiago, M.G. (Forthcoming in 2017). Militarism. In LaFountain-Stokes, L., & Vargas, D. (Eds.), Key Terms in Latino Studies. NYU Press.
  2. Avilés-Santiago, M.G. (2017). War! What is it good for? Absolutely Nothing: Testimonios sobre la Guerra de Vietnam. In S. Álvarez-Curbelo & M. Alvarado (Eds.), Tiempos Binarios: la Guerra Fría y Puerto Rico. Editorial Callejón.

Annotated Bibliographies

  1. Baez, J., & Avilés-Santiago, M. (2016). Spanish-Language Television. Oxford Bibliographies in Cinema and Media Studies. doi: 10.1093/obo/9780199791286-0209 Available here.
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
COM 100Intro to Human Communication
COM 323Comm Approach Popular Culture
TCL 394Special Topics
COM 394Special Topics
COM 484Internship
Summer 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
COM 323Comm Approach Popular Culture
COM 400Communication in Professions
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
COM 100Intro to Human Communication
COM 323Comm Approach Popular Culture
TCL 394Special Topics
COM 394Special Topics
Summer 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
COM 323Comm Approach Popular Culture
COM 400Communication in Professions
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
COM 100Intro to Human Communication
TCL 394Special Topics
COM 394Special Topics
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
COM 100Intro to Human Communication
COM 323Comm Approach Popular Culture
TCL 394Special Topics
COM 394Special Topics
Summer 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
COM 323Comm Approach Popular Culture
COM 400Communication in Professions
Spring 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
COM 100Intro to Human Communication
COM 323Comm Approach Popular Culture
TCL 394Special Topics
COM 394Special Topics
Fall 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
COM 100Intro to Human Communication
COM 323Comm Approach Popular Culture
TCL 394Special Topics
COM 394Special Topics
Summer 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
COM 400Communication in Professions
Spring 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
COM 100Intro to Human Communication
COM 323Comm Approach Popular Culture
TCL 394Special Topics
COM 394Special Topics
Fall 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
COM 100Intro to Human Communication
COM 323Comm Approach Popular Culture
Summer 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
COM 400Communication in Professions
Spring 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
COM 100Intro to Human Communication
COM 323Comm Approach Popular Culture
Service
  1. Search Committee. Director for the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy. College of Integrative Sciences and Arts. Fall 2017.
  2. Curriculum Development. Master in Narrative Studies. College of Integrative Sciences and Arts. Spring 2016.
  3. CISA College Marshall at ASU Undergraduate Commencement
  4. Curriculum Committee. College of Integrative Sciences and Arts. Fall 2015 - Present.
  5. Faculty Search Committee. College of Letters and Sciences. Fall 2015.
  6. LGBT Certificate Faculty Coordinator. College of Letters and Sciences. Fall 2015 – Present. .
  7. LEAD Program. Communication Instructor. Mary Lou Foulton Teachers College. Fall 2015.
  8. Personnel Committee Evaluation. College of Letters and Sciences. Barbara D'Angelo's application for Promotion to Clinical Associate Professor. Fall 2014.
  9. Curriculum Development. American Culture Fall 2014.
  10. Obama Scholars. Arizona State University. Fall 2013, Spring 2014, Fall 2014 and Spring 2015.
  11. Participation in the annual Schools of Letters and Sciences commencement ceremony. Spring 2013, Spring 2014, Spring 2016, & Fall 2015.
  12. Participation in the annual Latino Students commencement ceremony. Spring 2013 and Spring 2014. 
  13. Personnel Committee Evaluation. Fall 2012. Schools of Letters and Sciences. Melanie Pitt’s application for Promotion to Senior Lecturer.
  14. Certificate in Digital Humanities. Curriculum Committee. Fall 2012-Spring 2013. Schools of Letters and Sciences.