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Department of

Communication Studies

Antonieta Mercado, PhD

Assistant Professor, Communication Studies

Dr. Mercado joined Communication Studies in 2012 as an assistant professor. Currently she is teaching a class on Media and Conflict, and an introductory class on Media Studies.

Dr. Mercado studies the communication and citizenship practices of Mexican indigenous immigrants in the United States, and how those practices extend to the transnational public sphere, contributing to forms of world citizenship or “grassroots cosmopolitanism.”

She is a member of BINACOM, a Binational Communication Organization that brings together schools of communication in both, the US and Mexico.


Ph.D., University of California San Diego Communication Department
M.A. San Diego State University, School of Communication
B.A. National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), School of Social and Political Sciences.

Scholarly and Creative Work

Dr. Mercado has presented her work in the International Communication Association, the Latin American Studies Association, the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, the Ethnicity, Race, and Indigenous Peoples in Latin America and the Caribbean, the International Society for Cultural and Activity Research, the American Educational Research Association, and the Binational Association of Schools of Communication.

Mercado contributed a chapter about the transnational activities of the Mexican Community in the US, in a book named “The Door that Beckons” [La Puerta que Llama] published in 2004.

She is currently involved in organizing media literacy and decolonization workshops for the Indigenous Front of Binational Organizations in San Diego.

Mercado worked as a Press and Information Officer at the Mexican Consulate in San Diego. Later, she worked as a freelance journalist for several years, writing articles for different newspapers such as La Opinión, Hoy, and Reforma.

Teaching Interests

Mercado believes that a liberal arts education is crucial in forming better citizens and ethical human beings; and it can help foster a consciousness regarding diversity and global citizenship, as well as critical thinking skills and creativity. She combines her previous professional experience in diplomacy, journalism, and social activism with her academic interests to make her classes conducive to practical learning, but also to self-discovery, and respect for others. She aims for students to acquire critical and methodological thinking, flexibility, and imagination, so they can apply those tools in their daily lives.

She has taught classes on Political Communication, Ethnic and Immigrant Media in the US, Communication as a Social Force, Communication and Culture, The Public Relations Industry, Media Content Analysis. She worked as a teaching assistant at the Thurgood Marshall College’s Dimensions of Culture Program at UCSD.