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Mariana De Maio, Ph.D.

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Mariana De Maio, Ph.D. HeadshotDr. Mariana De Maio is an assistant professor in the School of Journalism and Media Studies at San Diego State University. Her teaching and research interests lie in online and multimedia journalism, agenda-setting, political communication, media influence on political attitudes and behavior, new communication technologies, health communication, and media use in immigrant communities.

Originally from Argentina, Dr. De Maio has been in the United States for several years and has worked as a reporter and editor in radio, television, print, and online news outlets. Before pursuing her doctorate, Dr. De Maio worked for Catholic Relief Services in Baltimore and the American Red Cross in Philadelphia, where she used social media to enhance their outreach efforts and to promote their work to potential donors. Previously, she started a weekly Spanish-language publication for Gannett in the heart of South Jersey to service the regional Hispanic community. While a graduate student at the University of Missouri, she was the assistant editor to a bilingual publication, produced bilingual radio programs to cover news in Central Missouri, and worked for the local NPR affiliate and the local NBC station.

She holds an undergraduate degree in communications from the Universidad de Buenos Aires in Argentina, a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia, and a Ph.D. from the University of Florida.