Mariela Morales Suárez
Mariela Morales Suárez is a doctoral student at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania. Right before joining Annenberg’s doctoral program, Mariela was a Research and Programs Analyst at the Lenfest Institute for Journalism, where she worked on research and engagement projects related to the Philadelphia media ecosystem and the information needs of Philadelphians. A native of Cuba, Mariela finished two years of journalism school at the University of Havana before moving to the United States. She continued her education at Miami Dade College and the University of Pennsylvania, graduating in 2017 with a major in Global Communication. Before graduation, she completed an honors thesis about emergent voices and evolving agendas in Cuba’s new media landscape. Her research interests are, among others, the politicization of information sources and popular culture in Latin American and Caribbean contexts; the transculturalist tendencies of popular culture production and reproduction between Cuban migrant communities and residents on the island; and comparative studies around issues of digital sovereignties and affordances in socialist, post-communist, and authoritarian nations.
Mariela Morales Suárez is a doctoral student at the Annenberg School for Communication.