EDUCATION

2008. Ph.D. in Mass Communication with a distributed minor in New Media at University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA.

2006. Summer Doctoral Programme at Oxford Internet Institute in the University of Oxford, UK.

2006. Ph.D. in European Studies (Estudios Europeos) at Universidad Europea de Madrid, Spain.

2003. Master in Journalism & Mass Communication at University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA.

1999. Postgraduate studies in Multimedia and New Technologies at IMEFE. This is a 250 hours course (25 credits) of professional and practical training at Dysoft Company.

1999. B.A. (Licenciatura) in Information Sciences: Journalism at Universidad Complutense de Madrid.

GRANTS & AWARDS

2015. Krieghbaum Under-40 Award at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC).
- “This award was created and funded by the late Hillier Krieghbaum, New York, a long-time AEJMC member and a past president, to honor AEJMC members under 40 years of age who have shown outstanding achievement and effort in AEJMC’s three key areas: teaching, research and public service.”

2015. Top Faculty Research Paper Award at the Political Communication Division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. Paper:
Motivations for Political Discussion: Antecedents and Consequences on Civic Participation. Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. {AEJMC} San Francisco, CA.

2015. Recipient of the Cátedra de Excelencia de Investigación (Excellence Research Chair) at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Spain.

2014. Outstanding Journal Article of the Year in Journalism Studies (Honorable Mention): Awarded by the Journalism Division of the International Communication Association {ICA}. Paper:
Gil de Zúñiga, H., & Hinsley, A. (2013). The press versus the public: What is “good journalism? Journalism Studies 14(6) 926-942.

2014. Top Faculty Research Paper Award at the Communication Technology Division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication {AEJMC}. Paper:
Gaming Social Capital: Finding Civic Value in Multiplayer Video Games. Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. {AEJMC} Montreal, Canada.

2014. Top Faculty Research Paper Award at the Political Communication Division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. Paper:
Cognitive Benefits for Senders: Antecedents and Effects of Political Expression on Social Media. Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. {AEJMC} Montreal, Canada.

2014. Top Faculty Research Paper Award at the Participatory Journalism Division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. Paper:
Reciprocity and the News: The Role of Personal and Social Media Reciprocity in News Creation and Consumption. Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. {AEJMC} Montreal, Canada.

2014. Research grant from the Asian Office of Aerospace Research & Development ($2,274,126). Co-PI (with Prof. James Liu).
- “Implicit and explicit attitudes towards Americans in socio-digital influence: Trust and social identity in cyberspace.”

2013. Top Faculty Research Paper Award at the Mass Communication Division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication {AEJMC} Paper:
News Use and Cognitive Elaboration the Mediating Role of People's Perceptions of Media Complex Issues Comprehension. Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. {AEJMC} Washington, DC.
                                                                                                                                   
2013. Top Faculty Research Paper Award at the Communication, Theory & Methodology Division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication {AEJMC} Paper: The Peripheral Elaboration Model: How Incidental News Exposure Predicts Political Participation. Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. Washington D.C

2013. Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication's Baskett Mosse Award for Faculty Development.
- “The Baskett Mosse Award for Faculty Development recognizes an outstanding young or midcareer faculty member in journalism or mass communication. Its recipient is awarded a stipend to be used toward work on a development or enrichment activity in any appropriate aspect of teaching, research or public service.”

2013. Center for European Studies and European Union’s Faculty Research Award at University of Texas – Austin.

2013. Department of Education & European Commission of the European Union for the Center for European Studies at University of Texas – Austin.
“European Public Sphere: Understanding the Role of Mass Media and Interpersonal Discussion in Shaping Today’s European Citizenship.”

2012. Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication's Presidential Citation for Outstanding Service & Dedication.

2012. Distinguished Political Communication Research Award (Top Three) for outstanding scholarly journal article published in the field of Political Communication. Awarded by the Political Communication Division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication {AEJMC} Paper:
Gil de Zúñiga, H., & Valenzuela, S. (2011). The mediating path to a stronger citizenship: Online and offline networks, weak ties and civic engagement. Communication Research 38(3), 397-421.

2012. Summer Research Assignment Grant at University of Texas – Austin.

2012. University of Texas’ College of Communication: New Agendas series grant.
“New Technologies & Civic Engagement: New Agendas in Communication.”

2012. Top Research Paper Award at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication’s Newspaper and Online News Division {AEJMC} Paper:
Gil de Zúñiga, H., & Willard-Hinsley (2012). The press versus the public: What is “good journalism?. Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. Chicago, IL.

2012. Student Enrichment Funds Grant at University of Texas – Austin.

2012. Department of  Education & European Commission of the European Union for the Center for European Studies at University of Texas – Austin.
“European Public Sphere: Understanding the Role of Mass Media and Interpersonal Discussion in Shaping Today’s European Citizenship.”

2011. Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication’s Mass Communication and Society Research Award.
“Digital Democracy as Social Experience: Understanding How Social Media is Shaping Today's Civil Society.” 

2011. Legacy Scholar Grant by the Arthur W. Page Center at Penn State University.
“The dialogic potential of Social Media: Assessing the reasoning of companies' public relations on Twitter and Facebook.”

2011. Nominated to the University Co-operative Society Research Excellence Award for the category of 2010 “Best Research Paper Award” at University of Texas – Austin.
“The Dean of each College in the University may submit one nominee for the University Co-operative Society Research Excellence Award. The award will be accompanied by a $5,000 check.”

2011. College of Communication Grant Preparation Award at University of Texas – Austin.

2010. Title VI Award for National Resource Center, Department of  Education for the Center for European Studies at University of Texas – Austin. Grant research participant – Member of the executive committee administering the grant with Prof. Douglas Biow as PI.

2010. Dean’s Fellow, College of Communication, University of Texas – Austin.  

2010. Top Research Paper Award at International Symposium on Online Journalism {ISOJ}.

2010. College of Communication Junior Faculty Fellow Award at University of Texas – Austin. 

2009. Study Breaks Magazine “Top Professor.” SB Magazine is a student oriented publication at University of Texas – Austin. The magazine is entirely “produced by students, for the students.”

2009. Programa Interinstitucional de Estudios sobre la Región de América del Norte {PIERAN}. Grant Project to clarify Media Uses and Mexican Immigration in the USA and Canada. Co-PI with Dr. Sara Nuñez de Prado at Tecnológico de Monterrey – Guadalajara.  

2008. Appointed Reddick Fellow by the Dean of the College of Communication at University of Texas – Austin.

2008. College of Communication’s Summer Fellowship at University of Texas – Austin.

2007. Department of Information Technology's Engage Podcasting Plus Award.

2007. European Union Center of Excellence Grant funded by the European Commission.

2006. LACIS’ Tinker Nave Field Research Grant.

2006. Department of Information Technology's Adaptation Award.

2006. Walden Jay and Clara Charlotte Damm Research Award.

2006. Vilas Research Fellowship.

2005. Participant of the National Communication Association’s Doctoral Honors Seminar.

2005. Graduate Student Council Mentor Award.

2005. Neil Shively and the Fodder & Starching Society Scholarship.

2004. Top Paper Award - Naomi C. Turner Prize: Honorable Mention by the World Association for Public Opinion Research {WAPOR}.

2004. Harry J. Grant Scholarship, University of Wisconsin - Madison.

2003. Chancellor’s Extension Award for Excellence from UW-Extension. Madison, Wisconsin.

2003. University of Wisconsin Graduate School in support of “Community Engagement through Public Television: Innovations in the Development and Measurement of Social Capital,” PI Dr. Dhavan Shah.

2002. Public Broadcasting Service Research Grant in support of “‘Connecting’ and ‘Disconnecting’ with Civic Life,” PI Dr. Dhavan Shah.

2001. University of Wisconsin Graduate School in support of “‘Connecting’ and ‘Disconnecting’ with Civic Life,” PI Dr. Dhavan Shah.

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