Homero Gil de Zúñiga


Homero Gil de Zúñiga

Homero Gil de Zúñiga Navajas is associate professor in the School of Journalism at University of Texas - Austin and currently directs the DMRP: Digital Media Research Program at the Annette Strauss Institute within the College of Communication. He joined the UT faculty after receiving a Ph.D. in Mass Communication from the University of Wisconsin - Madison, where he also minored in Digital Media.

He showed an interest in journalism and communication early in his career, pursuing a B.A. in Journalism at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid and working as a reporter and freelance writer for various media outlets in Spain. His education also includes a Master's degree in Journalism & Mass Communication at the University of Wisconsin - Madison and a second doctoral degree in Political Studies at the Universidad Europea de Madrid.

Dr. Gil de Zúñiga has also been a participant of the National Communication Association's Doctoral Honors Seminar at University of Oklahoma  and the Summer Doctoral Program at the Oxford Internet Institute at the University of Oxford. He was also appointed Nieman Journalism Lab Research Fellow at Harvard University.

His research interests focus on all forms of new technologies and digital media and their effects on society. In particular, he investigates the influence of Internet use in people's daily lives as well as the effect of such use on the overall democratic process. He has presented his research at professional associations and Universities in different countries around the globe, receiving top research paper awards from the World Association for Public Opinion Research, the International Symposium on Online Journalism, and the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication.

Several books, book chapters, and over 30 peer-reviewed journal articles illustrate his research framework. His work has been published in a diverse number of peer-reviewed journals such as Communication Research, Journal of Information Technology & Politics, Journal of Communication, New Media & Society, Mass Communication & Society, Journalism, Computers in Human Behavior, Human Communication Research, International Journal of Public Opinion Research, Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, Journalism Studies, Journal of Computer Mediated Communication, International Journal of Communication, Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media or Comunicación y Ciudadanía among others. He serves as regular ad hoc manuscript reviewer for more than 20 academic journals, and sits in the Editorial Board at many of these prestigious academic outlets (i.e., Journal of Communication, Journal of Computer Mediated Communication, Journal of Information Technology & Politics, International Journal of Communication, International Journal of E-Politics, Social Science Computer Review, etc).

He has received a number of grants and awards totaling close to 2 million dollars, including the AEJMC's Mass Communication & Society Research Grant, the European Union Center of Excellence Research Grant, the Neil Shively and the Fodder & Starching Society Scholarship, the Walden Jay and Clara Charlotte Damm Research Award, the Joe W. Neal Centennial Fellowship in International Communication and a College of Communication Summer Fellowship, among others.

Dr. Gil de Zúñiga teaches classes in digital and social media, political communication and quantitative research methods. He is honored to be part of the UT-Austin School of Journalism and to be able to do what he enjoys the most: researching and teaching.

Contact Information:

BMC 3.376
300 W. Dean Keeton, Austin, TX 78712

Recent classes:

J302 Digital Storytelling Basics
J331 Web Publishing
J321 Fundamentals of Multimedia Journalism
J351 Journalism, Society & Citizen Journalism
J363 Theories of Mass Communication
J381 Experimental Design in Mass Communication
J395 Web Publishing: Theory & Practice
J395 Internet & Democracy
J395 Social Media
J395 Quantitative Research Practicum
J395 Pro-Semiar