About Us

The Center for the Study of Media and Society in Argentina is a joint venture between Universidad de San Andrés and Northwestern University. It has two related but different missions.

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To provide a forum for the examination of, and discussion about, the production, content and consumption of media and cultural goods and services in Argentina.

To this end, the center undertakes four main research activities on a regular basis:

Annual survey

An annual survey of media and cultural consumption practices, ranging from attention to news and use of social media to gaming and attendance to theatres.

Interviews

In-depth interviews with a cross-section of the population to gain insight into the motivations and interpretations of individuals to spend time and/or money on different goods and services.

Interviews with media and culture providers

In-depth interviews with media and culture providers, from journalists and managers to movie writers and producers and policy makers.

Content Analysis

Quantitative content analysis of news on online news sites, television, and social media to understand the supply of news content across media platforms.

02

Create a platform for productive dialogues among academics, practitioners, and the public about the role of media in society.

The Center aims to foster dialogues that are based on the importance of systematic empirical evidence and respect for a plurality of interpretations and perspectives. The Center pursues three interconnected strategies to achieve this goal:

Website

It makes freely available on its website reports with the main findings from the four research activities listed above

Annual Scholarly Conference

It organizes an annual scholarly conference with researchers who study the interactions of media and society in Argentina and Latin America

Roundtables

It hosts a series of roundtables with distinguished practitioners that are focused on debating the key trends affecting the production, distribution, and consumption of media and cultural goods and services today.

Team

Direction

Coordination

EUGENIA MITCHELSTEIN

Ph. D., Northwestern University, 2015

Eugenia Mitchelstein is Assistant Professor and Director of the Undergarduate Communications Program in in the Department of Social Sciences at Universidad de San Andrés. Her research program examines the interaction between new media, political communication and civic engagement, and her dissertation analyzes information acquisition and political participation before, during, and after the 2011 presidential campaign in Argentina. She is the author of The News Gap: When the Information Preferences of the Media and the Public Diverge (MIT Press, November 2013; joint with Pablo Boczkowski). Her current major project, undertaken jointly with Pablo Boczkowski and Ignacio Siles, is an ethnographic study of the demise of print newspapers in Chicago, Paris, and Buenos Aires, as a window into larger dynamics of institutional decay.

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PABLO J. BOCZKOWOSKI

Ph. D., Cornell University, 2001

Pablo J. Boczkowski (Cornell University, Ph.D., 2001) is AT&T Research Professor and Director of the Master of Science in Leadership for Creative Enterprises at Northwestern University. Prior to joining Northwestern in 2005 he was Cecil and Ida Green Career Development Assistant Professor of Organization Studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Sloan School of Management. His research program looks at the transition from print to digital media, with a focus on the organizational and occupational dynamics of contemporary journalism and increasingly examined by adopting a comparative lens. He is the author of three books, an edited volume, and twenty-five journal articles. Together with Chris Anderson, he is currently finishing editing Remaking the News for The MIT Press.

CELESTE WAGNER

Celeste Wagner has an undergraduate degree in Communication from Universidad de San Andrés and she is finishing a Master in History at Universidad Torcuato Di Tella. For her MA thesis she is studying from a comparative perspective the figure of the monarch both in the Gaceta de Buenos Aires and in the Gaceta de la Regencia de España e Indias (Cádiz), from 1810 to 1812. With Martín Becerra, she has written a paper about media regulations and conflict between media companies and governments in Latin America, that has been accepted for publication in the journal Latin American Perspectives.

Currently, she is a teacher assistant at Universidad de San Andrés in “History of Mediatization”, “Methodology for the Social Sciences” and “Introduction to the Communication Sciences”. She is also the assistant at the Cátedra Estados Unidos, an academic project directed by Eugenia Mitchelstein that counts with the support of the US Embassy in Argentina and the Department of Social Sciences of Universidad de San Andrés.  She has been a research assistant of Pablo J. Boczkowski and Eugenia Mitchelstein for the book The News Gap: When the Information Preferences of the Media and the Public Diverge (MIT Press, 2013). She has also done research assistances for projects of PNUD, Coca-Cola and Canal Encuentro.

SILVANA LEIVA

Silvana Leiva studied Communication at Universidad de San Andrés. For her thesis, she is studying the agendas of regional and national newspapers in Argentina. She is from Resistencia, Chaco, but lives in Buenos Aires since 2012. She has been a beneficiary of the third edition of the scholarship “Abanderados Argentinos”, that covered 100% of her studies at Universidad de San Andrés.

During her studies, she has participated in different student initiatives related to communication, politics and journalism and has worked as an assistant for different professors and university areas. She also participated as a media correspondent in UN Models. Currently, she is a coordinator at MESO, where she is also a research assistant, and works in online marketing at a local start up. She is interested in politics, media and new technologies.

MORA MATASSI

Mora Matassi holds a BA in Communications from Universidad de San Andrés (UdeSA), where she graduated summa cum laude. In 2015 and 2016, she was awarded the Prize of the Province of Buenos Aires Government and the Best Graduate Prize by the Santander Río Bank, for having the highest GPA of her class. Her graduation thesis, which examined mobile instant messaging platforms, was named Best Graduation Thesis in Communications (2015).
She assisted Eliseo Verón in the edition of his last book, La Semiosis Social 2 (2013) and was research assistant to professors Hernán Galperín and Carolina Aguerre in the article “Internet policy formation in Latin America: understanding the links between the national, the regional and the global” (2015), produced by the Center for Technology and Society at UdeSA with the support of the Internet Policy Observatory and the Center for Global Communication Studies. Currently, she works in developing communication strategies for non-profit organizations and NGOs at Sociopúblico, a communications studio which works with complex ideas. At UdeSA she colaborates as teaching assistant, and she is an online tutor for the workshop “Cultural Projects”, taught at the Nuestra Escuela national teaching program.

Research Assistants

VICTORIA ANDELSMAN

Victoria Andelsman is a senior student of Communication at Universidad de San Andrés. She studied for a semester abroad at the University College of London, where she took classes of Language, English Literature and Intercultural Communication. She has been a research assistant of Silvia Ramírez Gelbes and collaborator at the Office of International Programs of Universidad de San Andrés. When she finished high school she did an educational exchange for one semester in an italian artistic lyceum.

SOFÍA CARCAVALLO

<div>Sofía Carcavallo is a senior student of Communication at Universidad de San Andrés. She worked as a junior copywriter in ClickOn, coordinated corporate events for Periplus and participated in the recording of Zapping Zone's daily opening, for Disney Channel Latin América. In 2013, she was awarded with a prize for having the best GPA of Nivel Polimodal (final three years of high school) of San Isidro and Beccar. In 2015, she received a Merit Scholarship, awarded to the best GPA of her class in the Department of Social Sciences of her college. Sofía is currently working as Chapter Admin in EO Argentina. EO is the biggest and most influential community of entrepreneurs all around the world.</div>
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Rodrigo Gil Buetto

Rodrigo Gil Buetto lives in Vicente López, Buenos Aires. He is a sophomore student of Communication at the Universidad de San Andrés. During his final years of high school, he participated in the Ibero-American United Nations Models and in a Model of the Legislative Power of Argentina, both coordinated by MINU Asociación Civil. He also passed the Cambridge IGCSE with merit. In early 2015, he worked in e-Commerce and logistics in Top Show Pro.

CAMILA GIULIANO

Camila Giuliano is from Arequito, Santa Fe. In 2013, she was awarded with the “Abanderados Argentinos” scholarship in order to study at Universidad de San Andrés. Now, she lives in Buenos Aires and is a junior student of International Relations at Universidad de San Andrés. During her final years of high school she participated in the United Nations Models organized by OAJNU (Organización Argentina de Jóvenes para las Naciones Unidas). She has also been a collaborator at her hometown library, Bartolomé Mitre. During 2013 and 2014, she worked in Nuevas Puertas, a social initiative held at her university, alphabetizing adults. Furthermore, since 2014 she participates at the Student Union as the coordinator of events.

Belén Guigue

María Belén Guigue is a junior student of Communication at Universidad de San Andrés. Previously, she was selected to participate in leadership courses at the Universidad Austral and participated in a social aid trip to a Wichi community in Salta organized by the Florida Day School. In 2012, she won the top prize in the IGCSE examination of Argentinean Literature.

MARINA WEINSTEIN

Marina Weinstein studies Communication at Universidad de San Andrés. She is a writer and founding member of Revista Chocha, an online feminist magazine, where she is also in charge of the marketing and communication strategies.

Research Affiliates

Carolina Aguerre

Carolina Aguerre has an undergraduate degree in Social Communication Sciences from Universidad Católica del Uruguay, an M.A. in Communication, Culture and Society from University of London and has a doctorate in Social Sciences from Universidad de Buenos Aires. She was awarded a Chevening Scholarship by the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office for her graduate studies in London. She has taught at Universidad de San Andrés, Universidad Católica del Uruguay, and Universidad de Montevideo. She is an active member of GIGANET, AIERI, and ICA, and is affiliated scholar of the Internet Policy Observatory of the Center for Global Communication Studies, University of Pennsylvania.

Adriana Amado

Adriana Amado holds a doctorate in Social Sciences from FLACSO, and is professor and research fellow at Universidad Nacional de La Matanza and Universidad de Buenos Aires. She has also been visiting professor in Ecuador, Colombia and Spain and directs the “Centro para la información ciudadana.”

Natalia Aruguete

Natalia Aruguete has an undergraduate in Communication from Universidad de Buenos Aires, a MA in Economic Sociology from IDAES – Universidad Nacional de San Martín and a doctorate in Social Sciences from Universidad Nacional de Quilmes. She is a research fellow at CONICET and professor at Universidad Nacional de Quilmes and Universidad Austral. She has taught at different universities in Argentina and other countries. Her research interest focuses in the study of political and mediatic agendas. She also writes for newspapers such as Página 12 and Le Monde Diplomatique.

Martín Becerra

Martin Becerra has master and doctorate degrees in Information Sciences from Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona. He isprofessor at Universidad Nacional de Quilmes and Universidad de Buenos Aires. He has published books about media concentration, communication policy and information technology. He directs the research program in Cultural Industry and Public Sphere at Universidad Nacional de Quilmes. He edits the blog Quipu and his Twitter account is @aracalacana.

Claudio Benzecry

Claudio Benzecry is an associate professor in the Department of Communication Studies specializing in the sociology of culture. He holds an undergraduate degree in Political Science from Universidad de Buenos Aires, an M.A. in Cultural Analysis from Universidad de General San Martín, and a Ph.D. in Sociology from New York University. He is author of The Opera Fanatic: Ethnography of an Obsession (University of Chicago Press, 2011) which earned several American Sociological Association awards and was declared one of ten major books in sociological theory by Contemporary Sociology. Benzecry’s book, From Head to Toe: Everyday Globalization in a Creative Industry (University of Chicago Press), is currently under contract.

Fabián Bustamante

Fabián E. Bustamante is a Professor of Computer Science in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Northwestern University. Fabián completed his M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Computer Science from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1997 and 2001, respectively, working under the direction of Dr. Karsten Schwan. Before going to Georgia Tech, he studied and taught at the Universidad Nacional de La Patagonia San Juan Bosco (Argentina), from which he received both a 3-year and a 5-year-and-project degrees in computer science. His research interests span several areas of experimental systems, with a focus on large-scale distributed computing in wide-area and mobile networks. Fabián is a senior ACM member, a member of USENIX and the IEEE. Fabián is a recipient of the National Science Foundation CAREER award and the Science Foundation of Ireland E.T.S. Walton Visitor Award.

Gastón Cingolani

Gastón Cingolani holds a doctorate in Linguistics from Universidad de Buenos Aires, a Master in Design of Communication Strategies from Universidad Nacional de Rosario and an undergraduate degree in Social Communication from Universidad Nacional de La Plata (UNLP). He has taught communication, semiotics and media studies in different universities at graduate and undergraduate levels. Currently, he teaches at the Área Transdepartamental de Crítica de Artes of the Instituto Universitario Nacional del Arte (IUNA), at the Facultad de Periodismo y Comunicación Social (UNLP) and at the Communication undergraduate program of Universidad de San Andrés.  Since 2007, he has been in charge of research projects regarding mediatization processes. Since 2014 he is also the Director of the Instituto de Investigación y Experimentación en Arte y Crítica (IUNA). He has published Discursividad televisiva (Edulp, 2006), and numerous papers in journals and chapters of books.

Tamara Falicov

Tamara Falicov has a BA in Sociology from University of California, Berkeley, and holds a Ph. D. in Communication from University of California, San Diego. She is Associate Professor at the Department of Film and Media Studies/Latin American Studies at the University of Kansas. She has published several papers in refereed journals and has written the book The Cinematic Tango: Contemporary Argentine Film.

Marcela Fuentes

Marcela Fuentes has an undergraduate degree in Theatre, Dance and Film Studies from the Universidad de Buenos Aires, an MA in Performance Studies from New York University and holds a Ph.D. in Performance Studies from the same institution. Marcela Fuentes’s work focuses on the relationship between performance and digital technology in late 20th and early 21st century protest and interventionist art. Her book manuscript, In the Event of Performance: Bodies, Tactical Media, and Politics in the Americas, under contract with the University of Michigan Press, investigates the changing relationship between embodied performance and mediation as techniques of control and resistance within neoliberal states. Professor Fuentes’s teaching interests include politics and performance, performance art, social art tactics, transnational performance, theories of embodiment and affect, the digital humanities, and performance as research. Professor Fuentes’s work has been published in academic journals, edited volumes, and reference books. She serves as a Board Member of the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics and has been a founding member and Managing Editor of e-misférica, the institute’s online peer-review journal. Professor Fuentes also works as a performer, director, and dramaturg.

Hernán Galperín

Hernán Galperín (Ph.D., Stanford University) is Research Associate Professor at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Southern California. Previously, he served as Associate Professor and Director of the Center for Technology and Society at the Universidad de San Andrés (Argentina). He is also a Research Fellow at CONICET, the national science council of Argentina, and Steering Committee member for DIRSI, a regional ICT policy research consortium based at the Instituto de Estudios Peruanos (IEP) in Lima, Peru. An expert on telecommunications policy and the impact of ICTs on development, Dr. Galperin currently leads several research projects that examine how Internet adoption affects socioeconomic opportunities in Latin America. He has published extensively in major journals such as Telecommunications Policy, Development Policy ReviewTelematics and InformaticsThe Information Society, and Information Technologies and International Development (ITID).

Ariel Goldstein

Ariel Goldstein is Doctor in Social Sciences from the Faculty of Social Sciences (UBA). Also, he holds a Master in Political Science from the Institute of High Social Studies (IDAES-UNSAM) and he is a sociologist from the Faculty of Social Sciences (UBA). Currently, he is Conicet Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institute of Studies of Latin America and the Caribbean, Faculty of Social Sciences, UBA.

Ariel has published articles in academic journals of social sciences in the United States, Spain, China, Brazil, Colombia, Venezuela and Argentina. Currently he teaches “Latin American Politics” at Political Science, Faculty of Social Sciences, UBA, and is Adjunct Professor in charge of “Latin American Social History”, Department of Production and Technological Development, National University of Lanus (UNLa). His main field of research are the relations between press and politics in contemporary Latin America and specifically the Brazilian and Argentinian cases.

Sandra González-Bailón

Sandra González-Bailón is an Assistant Professor at the Annenberg School for Communication, and affiliated faculty at the Warren Center for Network and Data Sciences. Prior to joining Penn, she was a Research Fellow at the Oxford Internet Institute (2008-2013), where she is now a Research Associate. She completed her doctoral degree in Nuffield College (University of Oxford) and her undergraduate studies at the University of Barcelona. Her research lies at the intersection of network science, data mining, computational tools, and political communication. She leads the research group DiMeNet –acronym for Digital Media, Networks, and Political Communication.

Mei-Ling Hopgood

Mei-Ling Hopgood is author of How Eskimos Keep Their Babies Warm and Lucky Girl and a journalist who has written for various publications, ranging from the National Geographic Traveler and Marie Claire Magazine to the Miami Herald and the Boston Globe, She has worked as a reporter with the Detroit Free Press, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and in the Cox Newspapers Washington bureau. A recipient of the National Headliner Best in Show, she has received several national and international journalism awards. She is an associate professor and director of global initiatives at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.

Philip Kitzberger

Philip Kitzberger is full-time professor in the Department of Political Science and International Studies at Universidad Torcuato Di Tella. He is a research fellow of CONICET, the national science council of Argentina. His current research agenda involves the relationship between politics and the media in Latin America.

Ana Inés Langer

Ana Inés Langer has an undergraduate degree in Political Science from Universidad de Buenos Aires, and a Masters and a PhD in Media & Communications from the London School of Economics. She is lecturer in politics at the University of Glasgow, where she directed the MSc programme in Political Communication for eight years. Her research focuses on the role of media in democracy in comparative perspective, with particular focus on the United Kingdom. She is the author of The Personalisation of Politics in the UK: Mediated leadership from Attlee to Cameron (MU Press, 2011) as well as several articles in peer-review journals.

Ana Ines is currently working on three projects. The first one is a longitudinal study of political coverage in the UK (1992-2013). The second one is a project analysing the use of social media in the independence Scottish referendum which combines large data sets from social media with interviews with the key campaigners. Finally, she is working on developing a mixed methods approach to the study of the role of the media (of all kinds) in the policy making process.

Lila Luchessi

Lila Luchessi has an undergraduate in Communication Science from Universidad de Buenos Aires and a doctorate in Political Science from Universidad de Belgrano. She has been Director of the School of Social and Economic Studies at Universidad Nacional de Rio Negro and coordinator of the undergraduate program in Communication at the same university. She is now full time professor and research fellow there, at Universidad de Buenos Aires and at Universidad de San Andrés. She teaches graduate seminars and has published five books, as well as articles in scientific journals, and compilations.

Santiago Marino

Santiago Marino has an undergraduate degree in Communication, a master’s degree in Communication and Culture and a doctorate degree in Social Sciences from Universidad de Buenos Aires. He teaches graduate and undergraduate courses at Universidad de San Andrés, Universidad Nacional de Quilmes, Universidad de Buenos Aires and Universidad del Salvador. He is Director of the Master Program in Cultural Industries at Universidad Nacional de Quilmes, and participates or directs several research projects in topics related to communication and culture.

Guillermo Mastrini

Guillermo Mastrini holds a doctorate in Information Sciences from Universidad Complutense de Madrid and an undergraduate in Communication Science from Universidad de Buenos Aires. He has taught in different universities such as Universidad Nacional de Quilmes, where he has been Director of the Master in Cultural Industries, Universidad de Buenos Aires,  Universidad Nacional de La Pampa, Universidad Nacional de Córdoba, Universidad Nacional de San Martín (Idaes) and Universidad Nacional de la Plata. He has written several books, chapters and papers for journals inArgentina, Brazil, France, Venezuela, Mexico, Germany, Canada, Spain, the United Kingdon, Slovenia, Colombia y Peru. He is an active member of the international committee Television & New Media, Global Media and Communication, and Comunicación y Sociedad, among others. He has been President of the Federación Argentina de Carreras de Comunicación Social and Director of the undergraduate degreein Communication Science of Universidad de Buenos Aires.

Máximo Paz

Máximo Paz is Dean of the School of Education and Social Communication at Universidad del Salvador (USAL). He has an undergraduate degree in Social Communication and a master degree in Communication and Marketing, both from USAL. He received a scholarship from the Agencia Grey Argentina for his graduate studies. He has been Marketing Manager in several technology companies. He has also taught at different universities such as UADE, CAECE and USAL.

Laura Pedraza-Fariña

Laura Pedraza-Fariña joined the Northwestern faculty in 2013 as an Assistant Professor of Law.  She is also a faculty affiliate of the Science in Human Culture Program at Northwestern.  She received her J.D. from Harvard Law School and her Ph.D. in genetics from Yale University.  Her research interests include intellectual property, patent law, and international organizations.  Her scholarship on intellectual property law uses the methodology of history and sociology of science and technology to analyze and inform the design of patent law.  Her current projects include an analysis of the implications of sociological studies on tacit scientific knowledge for the disclosure theory of patent law, and a study of how the specialized court structure of patent law influences the content of patent decisions.

Natalia Raimondo Anselmino

Ph.D. in Communication (Universidad Nacional de Rosario -UNR) and reseracher at the Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas (CONICET), Argentina. She teaches at  the UNR and the Universidad Abierta Interamericana (UAI), and at several postgraduate courses.  She is also a member at the Comité Académico del Centro de Investigaciones en Mediatizaciones (CIM, UNR) and at the Comisión Ejecutiva de la Asociación Argentina de Semiótica (AAS). Her research focuses on media semiotics, with an emphasis on press and social networks. Among her publications, stands out her book La prensa online y su público. Un estudio de los espacios de intervención y participación del lector en Clarín y La Nación (Buenos Aires: Teseo, 2012) and the compilation Territorios de comunicación. Recorridos de investigación para abordar un campo heterogéneo (Quito: Ciespal, 2013).

Silvia Ramirez Gelbes

Silvia Ramirez Gelbes holds an undergradate in Literature and a doctorate in Linguistics, both from Universidad de Buenos Aires. She is full-time professor and director of the master in Journalism at Universidad de San Andres. She is also professor at the Department of Philosophy and Literature at Universidad de Buenos Aires and has taught graduate courses at the master in National Defense and the master in Documentary Journalism, both at Universidad Nacional de Tres de Febrero. In 2005 she received the prize “Juntos Educar” from Vicaria Episcopal de Educación, and also the “Premio Iberoamericano en Honor a la Excelencia Educativa” in 2006 and 2009. She has published articles in Argentine and international scientific journals such as RomanischeForschungen, EstudiosFilológicos, Analecta Malacitana, Anuario de Lingüística Hispánica, and Comunicación y Medios, among others. She has written books such as Ortografiemos and Diccionario Argentino de Sinónimos, Ideas Afines, Antónimos, Parónimos y Locuciones.

Francisco Schaer

Francisco Schaer has an undergraduate degree in Social Communication Sciences with an orientation in Policy and Planning (University of Buenos Aires). He has worked as a technical advisor parliamentarian for more than ten consecutive years in the Legislature of the Province of Buenos Aires and the Legislature of Buenos Aires City, specializing in corporate communication. He has studied in the Master of Discourse Analysis at the University of Buenos Aires. His publications include “The October 17 in the presidential speech of Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner” published in the Journal RETOR, “From the scenes to discursive spaces. The public return of Cristina Fernández de Kirchner” in Letra. Imagen. Sonido L.I.S. Ciudad Mediatizada. He participated in the UBACyT Project “Displacements and genealogies of the word politics in today’s Argentina: interfaces between political speech, mass media and common sense” and currently integrates the project “From media to mediations (II): mediations experience aesthetics “at the National University of Arts. He is starting a PhD in Arts, in a Project called “From systems to environments: The evolution of the social network Facebook.”

Iván Schuliaquer

Iván Schuliaquer has an undergraduate degee in Political Science from Universidad de Buenos Aires and a master degree in Sociology from Universidad de Paris-Sorbonne and the École Normale Supérieure. He has a doctoral scholarship from the CONICET to pursue a doctorate at Universidad de Buenos Aires and the Sorbonne-Nouvelle. He studies media and politics in Latin America and has recently published a book titled El poder de los medios, for which he interviewed scholars such as Gianni Vattimo, Pablo Boczkowski, Gabriel Vommaro, Antonio Negri, Néstor García Canclini and Ernesto Laclau.

Pablo Sirvén

Pablo Sirvén studied journalism at the Instituto Grafotécnico in Argentina. Later, he received a graduate degree from the School of Communication Science at Universidad de Navarra. He has taught at Universidad Torcuato Di Tella, Universidad Austral, and Universidad de Belgrano. He has published eight books, such as Perón y los medios de comunicación, Quién te ha visto y quién TV y Converso. Pablo Sirvén has been Chief Editor of Redacción, News Director of Diario de Cuyo, deputy director of Noticias, director of Nueva, and Entertainment EditorofLa Nación. He has worked in several radio shows and led TV shows. He was awarded the platinum Konex for Best Entertainment Journalist in 1997-2007 and the Santa Clara de Asís award. He is currently assistant managing editor of La Nación, where every Sunday publishes in page 2 an opinion column about media and politics in Argentina.

Alejandra Uslenghi

Alejandra holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from New York University (2007) and a M.A. in Liberal Studies from New School for Social Research (2003). She specializes in nineteenth and twentieth-century Latin American literature, with an emphasis on visual culture. She is working on a book manuscript titled “Images of Modernity: Latin American Culture at Universal Exhibitions” which examines literary discourses of modernization in turn-of-the century Argentina, Mexico and Brazil, concurrently with the development of modern urban culture and the introduction of new technologies for the visual construction of the social. Within this framework, she explores how the differential character of modernity in Latin America can be analyzed through the design, architecture, contents and discourse of universal expositions. She uses Walter Benjamin’s Arcades Project as one of her conceptual tools in historicizing how these forms of visualization came to actively shape the discourses on landscape and national identity, subjectivity and technology, spectacle and urban experience in Latin America within this comparative and emerging global context.

Gabriel Vommaro

Gabriel Vommaro is a sociologist and a writer. He is a professor and researcher at the Universidad Nacional General Sarmiento and research fellow at the CONICET. He holds a doctorate in Sociology from the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (Centre de Sociologie Européenne) and obtained a Diplôme d´Etudes Approfondies at the same institution. Gabriel also holds a master degree in Research in Social Sciences from the Universidad de Buenos Aires. His research agenda involves the study of culture and political practices in Argentina after the democratic transition, media and politics, networks, configurations and spaces for political sociability, social sciences and expertise. Among other things, he has published: ¿Lo que quiere la gente?. Los sondeos de opinión y el espacio de la comunicación política en Argentina (1983-1999) (Prometeo, 2008) and Mejor que decir es mostrar. Medios y política en la democracia argentina (UNGS/Biblioteca Nacional, 2008).

Miguel Wiñazki

Miguel Wiñazki has an undergraduate degree in Philosophy from Universidad de Morón and a graduate degree in Political Science from Universidad de Salamanca. He is chief editor and training director at Diario Clarín. He is also journalism director of the master in Journalism at Universidad de San Andrés and Columbia University. He has taught Philosophy at Universidad de Buenos Aires and has been fellow at the Knight-Wallace Foundation at Michigan University. He published many books, such as La Dueña, Ataque de pánico, Periodismo, ficción y realidad, El último feudo, Sobremonte; Moreno, el fuego que inventó la patria and La noticia deseada.

Advisory Committee

ROSENTAL C. ALVES

Director, Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas | University of Texas at Austin
Alves began his academic career in the United States in March 1996, after 27 years as a professional journalist, including seven years as a journalism professor in Brazil. He was chosen in 1995 from approximately 200 candidates to be the first holder of the Knight Chair in International Journalism, created by a $1.5 million endowment from the James L. and John S. Knight Foundation.

In 2002, Alves received a $2 million grant from the Knight Foundation to create the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas, a four-year project to work in training programs with journalists from Latin America and the Caribbean. The Knight Center is based at the School of Journalism in Austin, but reaches thousands of journalists throughout the hemisphere. For more than a decade, Alves was a foreign correspondent based in Spain, Argentina, Mexico and the United States, working for Jornal do Brasil. In 1991, he created the first online, real-time finance news service, the first of its kind in Brazil. And in 1994, Alves managed the launching of Jornal do Brasil's online edition, making it the first Brazilian newspaper available on the Internet.

At the University of Texas at Austin, Alves has three basic areas for teaching and research: international reporting (emphasizing the work of foreign correspondents), journalism in Latin America (especially the struggle for a free press in the hemisphere), and Internet journalism (the creation of a new genre of journalism for the digital medium). Alves is a member of boards or advisory councils of several international organizations. A working journalist since he was 16, Alves received a B.A. in journalism from the Rio de Janeiro Federal University. He was the first Brazilian awarded a Nieman Fellowship to spend an academic year (1987-88) at Harvard University. He taught journalism at Fluminense Federal University and at Gama Filho University, in Rio de Janeiro, beginning as a lecturer when he was 21.

DOLORES ALBRARRACÍN

Ph. D., University of Florida
Received doctoral degrees in social and clinical psychology, and has been a professor of psychology at the University of Florida and professor of communication and psychology at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Albarracín specializes in attitudes and persuasion, the intention-behavior relation, goals, predicting general activity patterns, predicting and changing health risk behaviors, and reviewing the effects of behavioral and clinical treatments in various settings (e.g., through meta-analysis and clinical trials). She is the recipient of two Scientist Development Awards from the National Institute of Mental Health and has published her work in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Psychological Bulletin, Health Psychology, Psychological Science, Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, Journal of Clinical and Consulting Psychology, and Advances in Experimental Social Psychology, among others. She co-edited two books, including the Handbook of Attitudes, which has become a source of reference with national and international reach. Dr. Albarracin was a chartered member of the NIH (National Institutes of Health) review panel on Social Psychology and Individual Difference Processes, is currently a chartered member of the NIH panel on Behavioral and Social Processes in HIV, and serves on national and international committees as well as a number of editorial boards. She is a fellow of the Society for Experimental Social Psychology, the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, the American Psychological Association, and the Association for Psychological Science. Dr. Albarracín is currently Editor of Psychological Bulletin.

RAFAEL DI TELLA

Rafael Di Tella is the Joseph C. Wilson Professor a professor at the Harvard Business School, where he teaches macroeconomics in the Business, Government, and the International Economy area. His research has concerned itself with political economy, with a focus on institutional development, the structure of the welfare state and fiscal policy more broadly. In particular he has studied how we can control political corruption and common crime in a variety of contexts. Another strand of research studies measures of happiness and how they can inform government policies on issues that range from the incidence of inequality to the inflation-unemployment tradeoff. His current research studies the role of the media in corrupt environments, how beliefs shape economic organization and, more generally, why doesn't capitalism flow to poor countries. His work has been published mainly in academic journals, including the Journal of Political Economy, the American Economic Review and the Review of Economic Studies.

FEDERICO FINCHELSTEIN

He was born in Buenos Aires in 1975. He is a professor of history and department chair at at the New School for Social Research, New York City. He studied history at the Universidad de Buenos Aires and got his doctorate degree at Cornell University in 2006. He has published papers in Latin America, Europe and the United States in different journals and collective volumes about fascism, the Holocaust, the history of jews in Latin America and Europe, comparative genocide, the Cold War and the relationship between history and political theory.

Among his books, we can find:<em> Los alemanes, el Holocausto y la culpa colectiva. El debate Goldhagen </em>(Eudeba: 1999); <em>Fascismo, liturgia e imaginario. El mito del general Uriburu y la Argentina nacionalista</em> (FCE: 2002); <em>El canon del Holocausto</em> (Prometeo: 2010),  <em>Trans-Atlantic Fascism</em> (Duke University Press, 2010<em>); The Ideological Origins of the Dirty War</em> (Oxford University Press, 2014) and <em>El mito del fascismo: de Freud a Borges</em> (Capital Intelectual, 2015). Finchelstein has written opinión columns for different media such us The New York Times, The Guardian, Clarín, La Nación, Folha de S.Paulo, Mediapart y Reuters.

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MARÍA VICTORIA MURILLO

María Victoria Murillo received her BA from the Universidad de Buenos Aires, and her MA and PhD from Harvard University. She is a Professor of Political Science and International Affairs at Columbia University. She has also been a Visiting Professor at Universidad Di Tella (Argentina) and full time faculty at Yale University.

She has been awarded fellowships from the Fulbright Foundation, the Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies, the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies at Harvard University, and the Russell Sage Foundation. She also received awards from the National Science Foundation, the American Political Science Association and the journal Comparative Political Studies.

She has published widely in the area of the political economy of market reforms, labor policies, public utility regulation, political behavior, and institutional strength in Latin America. She is the author of Labor Unions, Partisan Coalitions, and Market Reforms in Latin America (Cambridge University Press 2001), which was published in Spanish as Sindicatos, Coaliciones Partidarias y Reformas de Mercado en America Latina (Siglo XXI, 2005). She also published Political Competition, Partisanship, and Policymaking in the Reform of Latin American Public Utilities (Cambridge University Press, 2009). She also edited Carreras Magisteriales, Desempeño Educativo y Sindicatos de Maestros en América Latina (Flacso 2003), and co-edited with Steven Levitsky Argentine Democracy: the Politics of Institutional Weakness (Pennsylvania State University Press, 2005) and with Roberto Gargarella and Mario Pecheny Discutir Alfonsin (Siglo XXI 2010). Additionally, she published in numerous academic articles and book chapters in the US and Latin America.

She is currently working on two research projects. The first one in collaboration with Ernesto Calvo (University of Maryland) analyzes the linkages between political parties and different categories of voters and how do they shape politicians’ incentives to be responsive to voters’ policy and non-policy preferences. The second address the political dynamics generated by the soybean boom in Argentina and Paraguay, including work with Jorge Mangonnet on subnational protest in both countries and with Pablo Pinto on the legislative behavior associated to taxes on soybean exports in Argentina.

Silvio Waisbord is Professor in the School of Media and Public Affairs at George Washington University. His books include Media Sociology: A Reappraisal (editor, Polity, 2014), Reinventing Professionalism: Journalism and News in Global Perspective (Polity, 2013) and the co-edited compilation Global Health Communication (Wiley, 2012). He is editor-in-chief of the Journal of Communication and former editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Press/Politics. Dr. Waisbord has published articles on news and politics, journalism, global health communication, communication and social change, and media policy. He has lectured and worked in more than 30 countries, has written or edited 10 books, and published more than 100 journal articles, book chapters, and newspaper columns. He holds a Licenciatura in sociology from the Universidad de Buenos Aires, and Ph.D. in sociology from the University of California, San Diego.