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Vanessa Higgins

Vanessa Higgins


MC 5304X - Media Systems in Latin America
MC 5302 - Research Methods
MC 3360 - Research Methods

Vanessa de Macedo Higgins Joyce specializes in Media Effects, Latin American and Transnational Media. She received a Ph.D in Journalism from The University of Texas at Austin, a Masters in Journalism from The University of Texas at Austin and a BS in Social Communication from Pontifícia Universidade Católica, São Paulo, Brazil.

Higgins Joyce has previously worked as an Assistant Professor in the Journalism Division of Southern Methodist University and also taught journalism courses online, with the distance learning and MOOC platform of The Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas. She worked extensively with Public Opinion Research companies in São Paulo, Brazil, conducting research for major political campaigns. She has also worked as a journalist for a couple of pioneering online journalism websites in Brazil, reporting on local art and Brazilian soccer.

Her research has recently been published in a chapter of the book Agenda Setting in a 2.0 World: New Agendas in Communication, in the Encyclopedia of Humor Studies and also in the journals Journalism and Journal of Global Mass Communication. Higgins Joyce is interested in the exchange of information and communication across national boundaries, and the increased interconnectedness with recent technology, and the effects that these exchanges have in people’s perceptions of issues and communities. She has two young toddlers and, together with he husband Matt, enjoys camping, hiking, listening to live music and a good cup of strong coffee.