Maria De Moya is an
assistant professor of Public Relations in the College of Communication.
She holds a PhD in Mass Communication from the University of Florida,
and a MA in Business and Economic Journalism from New York University,
where she was a Fulbright scholar. She completed her BA in Mass
Communication at Santo Domingo Catholic University, a private catholic
university in the Dominican Republic, her home country.
academia and becoming a full time professor, Maria De Moya started out
as a print journalist, specializing in magazine writing and business
journalism. Later, she worked as an Outreach Specialist for the Public
Affairs Office of the U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo, and as the
Development Outreach Communication Specialist for the United States
Agency for International Development (USAID) mission to the Dominican
Republic. She has over ten years of cumulative professional experience
in journalism and public relations.
Her research interests
center around Community, identity, and International Public Relations.
In her dissertation titled A Grounded Theory of Global Public Relations
by Diaspora Organizations: Building relationships, communities and group
identity (2011), she studied how community-based organizations that
serve Diaspora groups use public relations strategies and tactics.
Her current research
is focused on studying national and international public relations
effort lead by, or targeting, larger ethnic communities, such as
Latinos. Her work has been presented at national and international
conferences, where she has received top paper honors. Her research has
been published in Public Relations Review, and in the International Journal of Strategic Communication, among other outlets.
In 2016, Maria was named faculty advisor of the College of Communication's Latino Media & Communication program.
DeMoya, Maria. “Latino Voters Still Waiting to See the Love”. (The Hill)