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Uy-Tioco, Ph.D.

Cecilia Uy-Tioco, Ph.D. (2013)

Associate 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 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, and media; mass communication theory; new media; and globalization and food) and at the Ateneo de Manila University in the Philippines. Before joining academia, Dr. Uy-Tioco worked in the book and magazine publishing industry in both the Philippines and New York.


Cabañes, Jason Vincent A. and Uy-Tioco, Cecilia S. (Eds.) (2020). Mobile Media & Social Intimacies in Asia: Reconfiguring the Local and Reenacting the Global. Dordrecht: Springer.

 Journal Articles

Uy-Tioco Cecilia S. and Cabañes Jason Vincent A. (2021) “Glocal intimacies and the contradictions of mobile media access in the Philippines.” Media International Australia. 179(1), 9–22.

 Uy-Tioco, Cecilia S. (2019) “‘Good enough’ access: Digital inclusion, social stratification, and the reinforcement of class in the Philippines,” Journal of Communication Research & Practice. 5(2), 156-171.

Uy-Tioco, Cecilia S. (2007) “Overseas Filipino Workers & Text Messaging: Reinventing Transnational Mothering,” Continuum: Journal of Media & Cultural Studies. 21(2), 253-265.

Book Chapters

Cabañes, Jason Vincent A. and Uy-Tioco, Cecilia S. (2020). “Media and the Rise of ‘Glocal Intimacies’ in Asia.” In J.V.A. Cabañes and C.S. Uy-Tioco (Eds.) Mobile Media & Social Intimacies in Asia: Reconfiguring the Local and Reenacting the Global (1-12)Dordrecht: Springer.

 Uy-Tioco, Cecilia S. and Cabalquinto, Earvin Charles B. (2020). “Transnational Mobile Carework: Filipino Migrants, Family Intimacy, and Mobile Media.” In J.V.A. Cabañes and C.S. Uy-Tioco (Eds.) Mobile Media & Social Intimacies in Asia: Reconfiguring the Local and Reenacting the Global (153-170). Dordrecht: Springer.

 Uy-Tioco, Cecilia S. (2017). “Transnational Ties: Elite Filipino Migrants and Polymedia Environments.” In L. K. Lopez and V. Pham (Eds.), The Routledge Companion to Asian American Media (249-260) London & New York: Routledge.