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Maria DeMoya

  • Associate Professor, Program Chair - Public Relations and Advertising
  • ​​​​​PhD (University of Florida at Gainesville)​​​​
  • Public Relations and Advertising
  • (312) 362-6099
  • ​​​14 E. Jackson Blvd., Room 1243​​​​

Maria De Moya is an associate 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.

Before joining 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.

Selected Publications
DeMoya, Maria. “Latino Voters Still Waiting to See the Love”. (The Hill)