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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 holds 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.
As an interdisciplinary scholar, Dr. Uy-Tioco’s research is primarily engaged in interrogating the relationships between media, culture, and globalization. In particular, she is interested in the deployment and adoption of new media technologies in the developing world as well in transnational communities. More specifically, her research centers on the Philippine telecom industry and Philippine migrant communities in the United States. Her work is motivated by an interest in analyzing unequal power relationships within larger processes of globalization, particularly as these unequal power relationships connect to theoretical debates over the meaning of modernity in the developing world. Dr. Uy-Tioco’s research is grounded in a critical media and cultural studies approach, which provides not only an analysis of media texts and technologies, but further situates these texts and technologies as part of larger social, cultural, political, and economic contexts.
At CSUSM Dr. Uy-Tioco teaches courses on global media, media theory, new media & everyday life, children’s media, and mobile media cultures. Prior to this, she taught and developed a variety of courses at George Mason University (ranging from introductory freshman to advanced graduate theory courses in globalization, culture, & media, mass communication theory, new media, and globalization & food) and at the Ateneo de Manila University in the Philippines. Before joining the academe, Dr. Uy-Tioco worked in the book and magazine publishing industry in both the Philippines and New York.
She is currently working on 1) a co-edited book titled Mobile Media and Asian Social Intimacies with Dr. Jason Cabañes, and 2) a book manuscript that examines the mobile phone industry in the Philippines, social transformation, and the reproduction of power.
Uy-Tioco, Cecilia S. “Transnational Ties: Elite Filipino Migrants and Polymedia Environments.” In The Routledge Companion to Asian American Media edited by Lori K. Lopez and Vincent Pham, 249-260, London & New York: Routledge, 2017.
Uy-Tioco, Cecilia S. “Overseas Filipino Workers & Text Messaging: Reinventing Transnational Mothering,” Continuum: Journal of Media & Cultural Studies 21, no. 2 (2007): 253-265. Reprinted in Mobile Phone Cultures, edited by Gerard Goggin, 111-123 London & New York: Routledge, 2008 and in Mobile Technologies: Critical Concepts in Media and Cultural Studies (4-vol. set) edited by Gerard Goggin, Rich Ling, and Larissa Hjorth, 220-234, London & New York: Routledge, 2016.