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Cecilia Uy-Tioco

Cecilia Uy-Tioco, Ph.D (2013)
Assistant Professor of Communication


Phone: (760) 750-8281
Office:  SBSB 2120

Cecilia “Lia” Uy-Tioco earned her Ph.D. in Cultural Studies from George Mason University. She grew up in the Philippines where she received an A.B. in Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus on Communication and Legal Management from the Ateneo de Manila University. Dr. Uy-Tioco also has a Certificate in Publishing from the Radcliffe Publishing Course at Harvard University, an M.A. in Individualized Study/Publishing from New York University, and an M.A. in Media Studies from the New School University.

Dr. Uy-Tioco’s research interests are in critical media and cultural studies, globalization and contemporary migration, and new media in the developing world. Before coming to CSUSM, Dr. Uy-Tioco taught and developed a variety of courses at various departments at George Mason University ranging from introductory freshman to advanced theory courses in globalization and culture, globalization and media, mass communication theory, new media in everyday life, and globalization and food.

In 2007, Dr. Uy-Tioco’s article, “Overseas Filipino Workers & Text Messaging: Reinventing Transnational Mothering,” was published in Continuum: Journal of Media & Cultural Studies (Vol. 21.2, June 2007, pp. 253-365), and subsequently in the book Mobile Phone Cultures (edited by Gerard Goggin, Routledge, 2008). She is currently working on her book manuscript on the adoption of mobile phone products and services in the Philippines as they relate to the Philippines’ participation in the global network society, the transformation or entrenchment of existing social and economic relations, and role of a developing nation in globalization.