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  • Dr. Robert Huesca in 1994 Dr. Robert Huesca
    Dept. of Communication
    Trinity University
    715 Stadium Drive
    San Antonio, TX 78212
    vx-210-999-8169
    fx-210-999-8355
    rhuesca@trinty.edu

        I joined the Trinity University Department of Communication in 1994 after compleing my doctoral work at The Ohio State University. My dissertation focused on the theory and practice of alternative media (media that are both democratically organized and oriented toward social change) by examining one of the world's oldest exemplars: Bolivian tin miners' radio. My subsequent research shares a concern for developing theories of communication practice that are democratic and egalitarian, while maintaining agendas for social justice.
        I teach a variety of courses, all of which are driven to some degree by the twin concerns for democracy and social change. I regularly teach the introduction to mass media, international communication, and alternative media.


    Education
    • Ph.D., Department of Communication, The Ohio State University, 1994. Dissertation: Reconceptualizing Latin American theories of alternative communication and media practice: An ethnography of Bolivian tin miners' radio. Adviser: Dr. Brenda Dervin.

    • M.A., Institute of Latin American Studies (emphases in anthropology, communication, history), University of Texas, Austin, 1988.

    • B.A., Department of Communications (news-editorial sequence), California State University, Fullerton, 1982.

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    Publications
    • Huesca, R. (2009). Ethical challenges in U.S. youth radio training programs. In T. Tufte & F. Enghel (Eds.), Youth engaging with the world: Media, Communication and social change. Yearbook 2009 of The International Clearinghouse on Children, Youth and Media (pp. 249-264). Göteborg, Sweden: Nordicom.
    • Huesca, R. (2008). Activist Media. In W. Donsbach, (Ed.), The International Encyclopedia of Communication (Vol. 1). Malden, MA: Blackwell.
    • Huesca, R. (2008). Bolivia: Media system. In W. Donsbach, (Ed.), The International Encyclopedia of Communication (Vol. 2, pp. 345-349). Malden, MA: Blackwell.
    • Huesca, R. (2008). Radio for development. In W. Donsbach, (Ed.), The International Encyclopedia of Communication (Vol. 9, pp. 4085-4089). Malden, MA: Blackwell.
    • Huesca, R. (2008). Youth-produced radio and its impacts: From personal empowerment to political action. In N. Carpentier, & B. De Cleen, (Eds.), Participation and media production: Critical reflections on content creation. Newcastle, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
    • Huesca, R. (2006). "They are the experts:" A workers' agenda for social change in Mexico's maquiladoras. Canadian Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Studies, 31 (62), 131-165.
    • Huesca, R. (2005). Social aspects of labor organizing: Maquiladora workers in a grass-roots development effort. In S. Ishwaran (Series Ed.) & R. L. Harris, (Vol. Ed.), Globalization and development in Latin America: Vol. 9. International studies in social science (pp 135-175). Whitby, ON: de Sitter Publications.
    • Huesca, R. (2004). Cross-border justice movements and maquiladora workers. Journal of Borderlands Studies, 19(2), 45-76.
    • Huesca, R. (2003). From modernization to participation: The past and future of development communication in media studies. In A. N. Valdivia, (ed.), A companion to media studies (pp. 50-71). Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishing.
    • Huesca, R. (2003). Participatory Communication in the Context of Development: Origins and Future Prospects. Inter/Sections: The Journal of Global Communications and Culture, 3(6), 7-16.
    • Huesca, R. (2003). Social aspects of labor organizing: Maquiladora workers in a grassroots development effort. Journal of Developing Societies, 19 (2/3), 227-267.
    • Huesca, R. (2003). Tracing the history of participatory communication approaches to development: A critical appraisal. In J. Servaes, (ed.), Approaches to development: Studies on communication for development (pp 1-36). Paris: Unesco.
    • Huesca, R. & Dervin, B. (2003). Hypertext and journalism: Audiences respond to competing news narratives. In H. Jenkins & D. Thorburn, (eds.), Democracy and new media (pp. 281-307). Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
    • Huesca, R. (2002). Participatory approaches to communication for development. In B. Mody & W. Gudykunst, (eds.), Handbook of international and intercultural communication (pp. 499-517). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
    • Huesca, R. (2002). Tracing the history of participatory communication approaches to development: A critical appraisal. On J. Servaes, (ed.), Approaches to development studies on communication for development [CD] (pp 1-36). Paris: Unesco.
    • Huesca, R. (2001). Conceptual contributions of new social movements to development communication research, Communication Theory, 11 , 415-433.
    • Dervin, B. & Huesca, R. (2001). Practicing journalism communicatively: Moving from journalism practiced as ideology to journalism practiced as theorized procedure. In S. R. Melkote & S. Rao, (eds.), Critical issues in communication: Looking inward for answers (Essays in honor of K.E. Eapen) (pp. 321-342). New Delhi: Sage.
    • Huesca, R. (2000). Reinventing journalism curricula for the electronic environment, Journalism & Mass Communication Educator , Summer, 4-15.
    • Huesca, R. (2000). Communication for social change among Mexican factory workers on the Mexico-United States border. In K. Wilkins (ed.), Redeveloping communication for social change: Theory, practice, and power (pp. 73-87). Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.
    • Huesca, R. (1999). Between diversity and solidarity: The challenge of incorporating difference into media practices for social change. Electronic Journal of Communication/Revue Electronique du Communication, 9 (3).
    • Dervin, B., & Huesca, R. (1999). The participatory communication for development narrative: An examination of meta-theoretic assumptions and their impacts. In T. L. Jacobson & J. Servaes, (eds.), Theoretical approaches to participatory communication , (pp. 169-210). Cresskill, NJ: Hampton Press, International Association for Mass Communication Research.
    • Christ, W.G., Haines, H. W., and Huesca, R. (1999). Remember the Alamo: Late-night, local newscasts in San Antonio, Texas. In L. L. Kaid & D. G. Bystrom (eds.), The electronic election: Perspectives on the 1996 campaign communication , (pp. 29-50). Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.
    • Dervin, B., and Huesca, R. (1997). Reaching for the communicating in participatory communication: A meta-theoretical analysis. The Journal of International Communication, 4 (2), 46-74.
    • Huesca, R. (1997). Low-powered television in rural Bolivia: New directions for democratic media practice. Studies in Latin American Popular Culture, 16 , 69-90.
    • Huesca, R. (1996, March). Diversity in communication for social change. Peace Review, 8 (1), 69-73.
    • Huesca, R. (1996). New directions for participatory communication for development. Media Development, 43 (2), 26-30.
    • Huesca, R. (1996). Participation for development in radio: An ethnography of the reporteros populares of Bolivia. Gazette: International Journal for Mass Communication Studies, 57 (1), 29-52.
    • Huesca, R. (1995). A procedural view of participatory communication: Lessons from Bolivian tin miners' radio. Media, Culture and Society, 17 (1), 101-119.
    • Huesca, R. (1995). Dying to make the paper. In S. Foss, Rhetorical criticism: Exploration & practice, 2nd Ed . (pp. 157-162). Prospect Heights, IL: Waveland.
    • Huesca, R. (1995). Honda: The ultimate trip. In S. Foss, Rhetorical criticism: Exploration & practice, 2nd Ed. (pp. 388-391). Prospect Heights, IL: Waveland.
    • Huesca, R. (1995). Subject-authored theories of media practice: The case of Bolivian tin miners' radio. Communication Studies, 46 , 149-168.
    • Huesca, R., & Dervin, B. (1994). Theory and practice in Latin American alternative communication research. Journal of Communication, 44 , 53-73.
    • Dervin, B., Osborne, T., Jaikumar-Mahey, P., Huesca, R., & Higgins, J. (1993). Toward a communication theory of dialogue. Media Development, 40 (2), 54-61.
    • Huesca, R. (1989). The Mexican oil expropriation and the U.S. press , Texas Papers on Latin America series. Austin: University of Texas Institute for Latin American Studies.

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    Reviews & Reports
    (more than 100 book reviews completed; current year only listed)

    • Huesca, R. (2006). Review of Cine y propaganda para Latinoamérica: México y Estados Unidos en la encrucijada de los años cuarenta, Communication Booknotes Quarterly, 37(2), 114-115.
    • Huesca, R. (2006). Review of Del linotipo al satélite: Los medios de comunicación y el periodismo en el Huila, Communication Booknotes Quarterly, 37(2), 115.
    • Huesca, R. (2006). Review of Incestos y blindajes: Una radiografia del juego politico-periodístico, Communication Booknotes Quarterly, 37(2), 112.
    • Huesca, R. (2006). Review of The Mexican masked wrestler and monster filmography, Communication Booknotes Quarterly, 37(2), 113.
    • Huesca, R. (2006). Review of Mexploitation cinema: A critical history of Mexican vampiro, wrestler, ape-man and similar films, 1957-1977, Communication Booknotes Quarterly, 37(2), 113-114.
    • Huesca, R. (2006). Review of Las tintas del tintero: Reseña histórica del periodismo escrito en el Paraguay, Communication Booknotes Quarterly, 37(2), 115-116.
    • Huesca, R. (2005). Review of Brown and black communication: Latino and African American conflict and convergence in mass media, Communication Booknotes Quarterly, 36(1), 66.
    • Huesca, R. (2005). Review of Buñuel and Mexico: The crisis of national cinema, Communication Booknotes Quarterly, 36(1), 63-64.
    • Huesca, R. (2005). Review of The cinema of Latin America, Communication Booknotes Quarterly, 36(2), 114-115.
    • Huesca, R. (2005). Review of Contrainformación: Medios alternatives para la acción política, Communication Booknotes Quarterly, 36(3), 194-195.
    • Huesca, R. (2005). Review of Cuban cinema, Communication Booknotes Quarterly, 36(1), 64-65.
    • Huesca, R. (2005). Review of Del dicho al hecho…Dilemas del periodismo, Communication Booknotes Quarterly, 36(3), 195-196.
    • Huesca, R. (2005). Review of Disappeared: A journalist silenced: The Irma Flaquer story, Communication Booknotes Quarterly, 36(4), 249.
    • Huesca, R. (2005). Review of La edad de la herejía: Ensayos sobre el cine cubano, su crítica y su público, Communication Booknotes Quarterly, 36(1), 65.
    • Huesca, R. (2005). Review of En un estado de coma: Radio Illimani 1950-1964, Communication Booknotes Quarterly, 36(2), 113-114.
    • Huesca, R. (2005). Review of Estudios culturales en México, Communication Booknotes Quarterly, 36(1), 67.
    • Huesca, R. (2005). Review of O fascínio de Scherazade: Os usos sociais da telenovela, Communication Booknotes Quarterly, 36(2), 112-113.
    • Huesca, R. (2005). Review of La generación “V”: La insurrección contracultural de los años 60, Communication Booknotes Quarterly, 36(4), 250-251.
    • Huesca, R. (2005). Review of Hechos colombianos para ojos y oídos de las Américas, Communication Booknotes Quarterly, 36(1), 65-66.
    • Huesca, R. (2005). Review of Heroes, lovers, and others: The story of Latinos in Hollywood, Communication Booknotes Quarterly, 36(2), 116-117.
    • Huesca, R. (2005). Review of Jornalismo Brasileiro, Communication Booknotes Quarterly, 36(2), 115.
    • Huesca, R. (2005). Review of El noticiero como mundo possible: Estrategias ficcionales en la información audiovisual, Communication Booknotes Quarterly, 36(4), 249-250.
    • Huesca, R. (2005). Review of Nuestra Causa: Revista mensual feminista 1919-1921, Communication Booknotes Quarterly, 36(4), 250.
    • Huesca, R. (2005). Review of Otra grieta en la pared: Informe y testimonios de la nueva prensa cubana, Communication Booknotes Quarterly, 36(4), 251.
    • Huesca, R. (2005). Review of Palavra, imagem e poder: O surgimento da imprensa no Brasil do século XIX, Communication Booknotes Quarterly, 36(3), 196.
    • Huesca, R. (2005). Review of Popular cinema in Brazil, 1930-2001, Communication Booknotes Quarterly, 36(4), 248-249.
    • Huesca, R. (2005). Review of La presencia de la mujer en el cine colombiano, Communication Booknotes Quarterly, 36(3), 194-195.
    • Huesca, R. (2005). Review of Problemas de comunicación y desarrollo, Communication Booknotes Quarterly, 36(4), 248.
    • Huesca, R. (2005). Review of Quem e como fizemos a TV Globo, Communication Booknotes Quarterly, 36(2), 113.
    • Huesca, R. (2005). Review of Tiempo de saber: Prensa y poder en México, Communication Booknotes Quarterly, 36(3), 196-197.
    • Huesca, R. (2005). Review of Timerman: El periodista que quiso ser parte del poder (1923-1999), Communication Booknotes Quarterly, 36(2), 115-116.
    • Huesca, R. (2005). Review of Uma geração cinematográfica: Intelectuais mineiros da década de 50, Communication Booknotes Quarterly, 36(3), 197-198.
    • Huesca, R. (2005). Review of Venezuela: Investigación de unos medios por encima de toda sospecha, Communication Booknotes Quarterly, 36(3), 195.

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    Conference Papers
    • Huesca, R. (2005). Communication, globalization, and cross-border social movements: How Mexican factory workers became global players for change. Paper presented to the International Communication Association, New York, NY.
    • Huesca, R. (2004). Bridging Borders for Solidarity: The Cross-Border Strategies of Maquiladora Workers. Paper presented to the Latin American Studies Association, Las Vegas, NV.
    • Huesca, R. (2004). The role of reciprocity in action ethnography. Paper presented to the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, Toronto, Canada.
    • Huesca, R. (2003). Cross-border development efforts of Mexican factory workers. Paper presented to the International Communication Association, San Diego, CA.
    • Huesca, R. (2003). “They are the experts”:Communication strategies for grass-roots organizing of maquiladora workers on the Mexico-U.S. border. Paper presented to the Latin American Studies Association, Dallas, Texas.
    • Huesca, R. (2001). Approaching new social movements philosophically: Phenomenology, critical pedagogy, and labor organizing in Mexico. Paper presented to the International Communication Association, Washington, D.C.
    • Huesca, R. (2001). Integrating theories of new social movements and participatory communication for development. Paper presented to the International Communication Association, Washington, D.C. Ranked top paper in development communication.
    • Huesca, R. (2001). Tracing the history of participatory communication approaches to development: A critical appraisal. Paper presented to the International Communication Association, Washington, D.C.
    • Huesca, R. (1999). Factory workers as social theorists on the Mexico-U.S. border. Paper presented to the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, New Orleans, LA.
    • Huesca, R. (1999). Looking to the past for the future of development communication. Paper presented to the International Communication Association, San Francisco, CA.
    • Huesca, R., & Dervin, B. (1999). Hypertext and journalism: Audiences respond to competing news narratives. Paper presented to the media-in-transition conference, Massachusetts Institute for Technology, Boston, MA.
    • Huesca, R., Dervin, B., Burwell, J., Drake, D., Nirenberg, R., Smith, R., & Yeager, N. (1999). Inverted pyramids versus hypertexts: A qualitative study of readers' responses to competing narrative forms. Paper presented to the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, New Orleans, LA.
    • Huesca, R. (1998). Communication for social change among Mexican factory workers on the Mexico-U.S. border. Paper presented to the conference, Re-Developing Communication for Social Change: Issues of Power, Gender, and Practice, Austin, TX, June 12.
    • Huesca, R. (1997). The U.S.-Mexico border from the perspective of journalist Ruben Salazar. Paper presented to the Southwest Council on Latin American Studies, Austin, TX.
    • Huesca, R. (1997). The vast and elastic uses of ethnographic methods in media studies. Paper presented to the International Communication Association, Montreal.
    • Dervin, B., & Huesca, R. (1996). The participatory communication for development narrative: An examination of meta-theoretical assumptions and their impacts. Paper presented to the International Association of Mass Communication Research, Sydney, Australia.
    • Huesca, R. (1996). Democratic research of democratic communication: Practitioner design of alternative media theories. Paper presented to the International Communication Association, Chicago, IL.
    • Huesca, R. (1996). Future directions for qualitative/critical research: Reclaiming subjectivity. Paper presented to the Speech Communication Association, San Diego, CA.
    • Huesca, R. (1996). Journalism and/as ethnography: The culture and method of reporting. Paper presented to the Western States Communication Association, Pasadena, CA.
    • Huesca, R. (1996). A review of recent developments in indigenous video in Mexico. Paper presented to the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, Anaheim, CA.
    • Huesca, R. & Dervin, B. (1996). Rethinking the journalistic interview: Empowering sources to name the world. Paper presented to the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, Anaheim, CA.
    • Huesca, R., & Newmeyer, J. (1996). Rethinking media reforms to improve treatment of women and minorities. Paper presented to the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, Anaheim, CA.
    • Huesca, R. (1995). Low-powered television in rural Bolivia: New directions for democratic media practice. Paper presented to the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, Washington, D.C. Ranked top paper in the International Communication Division .
    • Huesca, R. (1995). Participatory media practice: Reporteros populares in Bolivia. Paper presented to the International Communication Association, Albuquerque, NM. Ranked top paper in development communication .
    • Huesca, R., & Dervin, B. (1995). Participation and development: An examination of underlying assumptions. Paper presented to the International Association for Mass Communication Research, Portoroz, Slovenia.
    • Newmeyer, J., & Huesca, R. (1995). Media strategies for coping with difference: Moving beyond calls to hire women and minorities. Paper presented to the Union for Democratic Communications, Austin, TX.
    • Huesca, R. (1994). Possibilities for democratic media in neoliberal times: The intersection of local and transnational television in rural Bolivia. Paper presented to the International Association for Mass Communication Research, Seoul, Korea.
    • Huesca, R. (1993). Methodological issues in documentary ethnography: A renewed call for putting cameras in the hands of the people. Paper presented to the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, Kansas City, MO.
    • Huesca, R. (1993). Exploring participatory communication in alternative media: An ethnographic study of Bolivian tin miners' radio. Paper presented to the International Communication Association, Washington, D.C.
    • Huesca, R. (1993). Critical communication research in Latin America: Its history, thematic currents, and creation of a new canon. Paper presented to the International Communication Association, Washington, D.C. Ranked top student paper in the Intercultural and Development Communication Division .
    • Dervin, B., Osborne, A., Jaikumar-Mahey, P., Huesca, R., & Higgins, J. (1993). Dialogue as communication: The in-between of modernity/postmodernity. Paper presented to the International Communication Association, Washington, D.C.
    • Dervin, B, Mahey, P., Osborne, A., Huesca, R., & Higgins, J. (1993). The problematics of dialogue: Some ideas in the process of becoming. Paper presented to the International Association of Mass Communication Researchers, Sao Paolo, Brazil.
    • Huesca, R. (1992). Fanzine production: An alternative media form. Paper presented to the Union for Democratic Communications, Peterborough, Canada.

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    Courses Taught
    • Mass Media, every semester, core course, an examination of the industrial structure of the U.S. media system.
    • Community Radio, every spring, a combination of media studies and production workshop, focusing on the history and philosophy of community radio. Concepts from the course are implemented in a weekly broadcast on the university station, KRTU-FM, 91.7.
    • International Communication, every spring, an introduction to the major issues and debates in international communication, with an emphasis on development, international relations, and human rights. Field trip to U.S.-Mexico border.
    • Reporting on/for the Internet, every other fall semester, an introduction to theory and practice of gathering, organizing, presenting, and distributing information in the new electronic environment.
    • Journalism and/as Ethnography, occasionally, an examination of the similarities between ethnographic and journalistic methods; heavy writing component.
    • Alternative Media, occasionally, a survey of the various theories and forms of alternative media worldwide.
    • La Telenovela en América Latina (The Latin American Soap Opera), every other year, an experimental course taught entirely in Spanish as part of the university's Languages Across the Curriculum program.

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    Grants & Fellowships
    • Trinity University, faculty summer research stipend, 2003.
    • Trinity University, faculty leave proposal, spring semester, 2002.
    • Trinity University, faculty summer research stipend, 2000.
    • American Society of Newspaper Editors, Institute for Journalism Excellence Fellowship, 1999. (Competitive, national fellowship granted to approximately 20 university professors to work for six weeks during the summer in an editorial capacity at a daily newspaper in the United States.)
    • Associated Colleges of the South, Mellon Technology Fellowship for project, Inventing the Journalistic Narrative for the Electronic Environment, 1999. (Creative grant to foster creative use of new computer technologies in teaching.)
    • Trinity University, faculty summer research stipend, 1998.
    • Univisión Communications, documentary underwriting, $24,000, The Latino MacArthurs, 1997. (A grant to support the production of a video documentary aimed at junior high school youth.)
    • Trinity University, faculty summer research stipend, 1996.
    • Ohio State University, Center for Latin American Studies, Tinker Foundation travel grant to Bolivia, 1993.
    • Committee on Institutional Cooperation predissertation research travel grant to Bolivia, 1992. CIC International Studies Fellows program, Champaign, IL.
    • Ohio State University, Center for International Studies travel grant to Bolivia, 1992.
    • Ohio State University multi-year minority student fellowship, 1990.
    • Colegio de México, Mexico City, summer fellowship, 1987.

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    Awards & Honors
    • Top Paper in Development Communication from the Intercultural and Development Communication Division of the International Communication Association, Washington, D.C., national conference, May, 2001. “Integrating theories of new social movements and participatory communication for development.”
    • American Society of Newspaper Editors, Institute for Journalism Excellence Fellowship, 1999. (Competitive, national fellowship granted to approximately 20 university professors to work for six weeks during the summer in an editorial capacity at a daily newspaper in the United States.)
    • Associated Colleges of the South, Mellon Technology Fellowship for project, Inventing the Journalistic Narrative for the Electronic Environment, 1999. (Creative grant to foster creative use of new computer technologies in teaching.)
    • Top Paper in the International Communication Division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, Washington, D.C., national conference, August, 1995. "Low-powered television in rural Bolivia: New directions for democratic media practice."
    • Top Paper in Development Communication from the Intercultural and Development Communication Division of the International Communication Association, Albuquerque, NM, national conference, May, 1995. "Participatory media practice: Reporteros populares in Bolivia."
    • Top Paper in Development Communication from the Intercultural and Development Communication Division of the International Communication Association, Washington, D.C., national conference, May, 1993. "Critical communication research in Latin America: Its history, thematic currents, and creation of a new canon."
    • Walter B. Emery Scholarship Award, Ohio State University, Department of Communication, 1994. Annual award recognizing academic excellence with regard to scholarship, commitment to student and faculty concerns, theoretical-methodological diversity, and issues of public concern.

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