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Last updated: January 21, 2015

RACHEL REIS MOURAO
rachelmourao@gmail.com

Education

University of Texas at Austin, School of Journalism, Austin, TX
Anticipated graduation May 2016
Ph.D. in Journalism, in progress

University of Florida, Center for Latin American Studies, Gainesville, FL May 2012
Master of Arts, Latin American Studies/International Communication
THESIS: “Media and crime: the case of local TV in Brazil”

Universidade Federal do Amazonas, Departamento de Comunicação Social, Manaus, AM, Brazil
June 2010
Bachelor of Arts, Social Communication/Journalism
THESIS: “Environmental coverage on the Amazon: a comparative analysis of local and national newspapers”

ACADEMIC POSITIONS

Assistant Instructor, University of Texas at Austin, School of JournalismDigital Storytelling, Spring 2015

Teaching Assistant, University of Texas at Austin, School of JournalismEducation Reporting, August 2014 – December 2014
Digital Storytelling, January 2013 – May 2014.Freedom, Philosophy and the Law, undergraduate level, August- December, 2012

Research Assistant, University of Texas at Austin, Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life
May-August, 2014
Assisted Dean Roderick Hart with research for his project “Civic Hope.”
Assisted with the development of interview protocol and IRB approval.
Conducted interviews with writers of letters to the editor.

Graduate Assistant, UT ASNE Reynolds High School Journalism Institute
July 2014
Provided technical assistance for major annual conference for high school journalism teachers.

Graduate Assistant, UT ASNE Reynolds High School Journalism Institute June 2013
Responsible for creating and updating the website and social media accounts for the events.
Led pair of sessions on Twitter and Facebook for journalists.

Graduate Assistant, University of Florida, Center for Latin American Studies
August 2010- May 2012
Outreach Office assistant: developed resources for stimulating interest in Latin America and the Caribbean among educators and businesses. Organized the Center for Latin American Studies social media efforts to reach educators around the world.

Research Assistant, Washington And Lee University
May 2009 – July 2009
Assisted Dr. Tyler Dickovick with research for his books “Africa 2009” and “Doing Politics Comparatively.”

Research Assistant, Washington And Lee University
August 2008 – April 2009
Assisted Dr. James Kahn with research on his project “Media perspectives on the Chesapeake Bay.”

Research Assistant, Universidade Federal do Amazonas
Piatam – Socio-environmental Strategic Intelligence of the Industry of Petroleum at the Amazon
Projects: Piatam website – Scientific Research and Communication Technology in Symbiosis
Piatamzinho: Structuring and Development of a Site for Children Environmental Education
Advisor: Jackson Colares, PhD

PUBLISHED ARTICLES

Mourao, R.R., Diehl, T., & Vasudevan. K. (in press). I LOVE BIG BIRD: How journalists tweeted humor during the 2012 Presidential Debates. Digital Journalism.

Mourao, R.R., Yoo, J., Geise, S., Araiza, J.A., Kilgo, D.K., Chen, V., & Johnson, T.J. (in press). Online News, Social Media, and European Union Attitudes: A Multidimensional Analysis. International Journal of Communication.

Mourao, R. R. (2014). The Boys on the Timeline: Political Journalists’ Use of Twitter for Building Interpretive Communities.Journalism: Theory, Practice and Criticism.(ahead-of-print).

Stephens, M., Yoo, J., Mourao, R.R., Vu, H. T., Baresch, B., & Johnson, T. J. (2014). How App Are People To Use Smartphones, Search Engines, and Social Media for News?: Examining Information Acquisition Tools and Their Influence on Political Knowledge and Voting. Journal of Information Technology & Politics. Ahead-of-print.

Stephens, M., Yoo, J., Mourao, R.R., Martinez, F. ,Baresch, B., & Johnson, T, (in press).The Life of the Tea Party: Differences between Tea Party and Republican Media Use and Political Variables. Atlantic Journal of Communication.

Mourao, R. R. (2014). A Bloody Weekend In Manaus: A Case Study of Televised Crime Reporting in Amazonas, Brasil. The Latin Americanist58(2), 3-21.

Colares, J.S., Ferreira, M.N., Cumaru, R.A.,.. Mourao, R.R. (2006). Piatamzinho: Structuring and Development of a Site for Children Environmental Education. Inovcom – Brazilian Scientific Innovation in Communications Journal. 1 (2), 113-116

Cunha, D.A, Colares, J.S.,Reis, M.S., Rocha, B.R., Silva, L. V., & Mourao, R.R. (2006). Site Piatam: Scientific Research and Communication Technology in Symbiosis. Inovcom – Brazilian Scientific Innovation in Communications Journal. 1 (2), 117-121

 PEER-REVIEWED ACADEMIC CONFERENCE PAPERS

McGregor, S., Mourao, R.R., Neto, I., & Straubhaar, J. (2015). All the Kids are Doing It: Second Screening as Convergence in Brazil and the US. Paper accepted to the International Communication Association Conference. San Juan, Puerto Rico. May 21-25, 2015.

Mourao, R.R., Saldana, M. & McGregor, S. (2014) Online networking and protest attitudes and behaviors in the Americas. Midwest Association for Public Opinion Research MAPOR 2014 Conference. Chicago, IL. November 21-22, 2014. Top Paper Award.

Mourao, R.R. (2014) Saimos do Facebook? Online networking and protest attitudes and behaviors in Brazil. 2014 Global Fusion Conference. Austin, TX. October, 25-26. Top Paper Award.

Mourao, R.R., Saldana, M. & McGregor, S. (2014) Online networking and protest attitudes and behaviors in the Americas. Midwest Association for Public Opinion Research MAPOR 2014 Conference. Chicago, IL. November 21-22, 2014. Top Paper Award.

Mourao, R.R. (2014) Framing #VemPraRua: The 2013 Brazilian Protests on News Websites, Blogs and Twitter. Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication Conference 2014. Political Communication Interest Group. Montreal, Canada. August 6-9, 2014. Top paper Latino/Latin American Studies Award. Third Place.

Mourao, R. R., Diehl, T. & Vasudevan, K. (2014) I love Big Bird: How Journalists Tweeted Humor during the 2012 Presidential Debate. Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication Conference 2014. Political Communication Interest Group. Montreal, Canada. August 6-9, 2014.

Mourao, R. R. (2014). The boys on the timeline: journalists’ use of Twitter for building interpretive communities. Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication Midwinter Conference 2014. Norman, OK. February 29-March 3, 2014.

Mourao, R.R., Geise, S., Yoo, J. & Johnson, T. (2014) Communicative or Democratic Deficit? The Influence of Traditional and Digital Media Usage on Support for Democracy in the EU. World Association for Public Opinion Research Conference 2014. Nice, France. September 4-9, 2014.

Geise, S., Mourao, R.R., Yoo & Johnson, T. (2014) Media, Economic perception and democratic satisfaction. 2014 European Communication Conference. Lisbon, Portugal. November 12-15, 2014.

Holt, J., & Mourao, R.R. (2014). Going into labor: A content analysis of the [state] Department of Agriculture marketing videos. Paper presented at the Southern Association of Agricultural Scientists Conference, 2014. Agricultural Communications Division. Dallas, TX. February 2-3, 2014.

Mourao, R.R., Yoo, J., Araiza. J., & Johnson, T. (2013) #blocparty: A multidimensional analysis of online news and social media’s impact on attitudes towards the European Union. Paper presented at the Midwest Association for Public Opinion Research MAPOR 2013 Conference. Chicago, IL. November 22-23, 2013.

Mourao, R. R. (2013) “Binders Full of Tweets:” Twitter Coverage of “Women’s Issues” in the 2012 elections. Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication Conference 2013. Commission for the Status of Women. Washington, DC. August 8-11, 2013.

Mourao, R.R. & Wood, C.H. (2013) The Digital Divide In Brazil, 2004 – 2009: Evolution and Effects on Political Engagement. Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication Conference 2013. International Communication Division. Washington, DC. August 8-11, 2013. Top Poster Award.

Vu, H., Yoo, J., Stephens, M., Mourao, R.R., Baresh, B. & Johnson, T.J. (2013) Communication’s Next Top Model: Comparing the Differential Gains and Communication Mediation Models as Predictors of Political Participation and Knowledge. Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication Conference 2013. Political Communication Interest Group. Washington, DC. August 8-11, 2013. Top Paper Award.

OTHER CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

Mourao, R.R. & Alves, R. (2014) Social media and support for protests in Brazil. International Network of UNESCO Chairs in Communication (Orbicom). Bourdeux, France, November 6-7.

Duvall,S., Moscowitz, L. Mourao, R.R., Everbach, T., Harp, D., Howerton, L. (2014). Reporting on Gender Violence: Ethical Considerations. In Kothari, A. (chair) Research Panel at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication 2014 Annual Conference. Montreal, Canada. Montreal, Canada. August, 2014.

Finch, D., McGregor, S., Mourao, R.R., Weber, M., Yaros, R. (2014, August). Teaching Big Data in the Classroom: What Faculty and Students Should Know. In H. LaMarre (chair). Teaching panel at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication 2014 Annual Conference. Montreal, Canada.

Book chapters

Goodman, I., Harris, K., Mourao, R.R.,…& Polanco, E. (2010) Plano de Negocios para comunidades de pequenos produtores de fibras de juta e/ou de malva. In: A. C. Witkoski (Ed.), A cultura de juta e malva na Amazonia: sementes de uma nova racionalidade ambiental? (357-380). São Paulo: Annablume

Other presentations
Social Media for Journalists. Guest presenter at ASNE High School Journalism Institute, 2013.

Crime and the Media in Latin America (2011, October). Guest speaker at Latin American Societies class, The University of Florida, Gainesville, FL.

Grants, Scholarships and Awards

Graduate School Decentralized Continuing Fellowship, University of Texas at Austin. $8,000 recognizing outstanding academic achievement, University of Texas, 2014

Maxwell McCombs Graduate Student Award for Research Publishing, awarded to graduate students who publish a solo-authored research paper. The University of Texas at Austin, 2014

Mary Gardner Award for Graduate Student Research, Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. Commission on the Status of Women. McGregor, S. & Mourao, R.R. (2014) Gender, politics, and the networked public sphere: Tracking the 2014 elections on Twitter, 2014.

Top Paper Student Competition. 2014 Global Fusion Conference. Mourao, R.R. (2014) Saimos do Facebook? Online networking and protest attitudes and behaviors in Brazil.

Mourao, R.R., Saldana, M. & McGregor, S. (2014) Online networking and protest attitudes and behaviors in the Americas. Midwest Association for Public Opinion Research MAPOR 2014 Conference. Chicago, IL. November 21-22, 2014. Top Paper Award.

Top Paper Latino/Latin American Research Award, third place. AEJMC Annual Conference, International Communication Division. Mourao, R.R. (2014). Framing #VemPraRua: How the 2013 Brazilian protests were covered on news websites, blogs and Twitter, 2014

Top Faculty Paper, AEJMC Annual Conference, Political Communication Interest Group. Vu, H., Yoo, J., Stephens, M., Mourao, R.R., Baresh, B. & Johnson, T.J. (2013) Communication’s Next Top Model: Comparing the Differential Gains and Communication Mediation Models as Predictors of Political Participation and Knowledge, 2013.

Top Poster, AEJMC Annual Conference, International Communication Division. Mourao, R.R. & Wood, C.H. (2013) The Digital Divide In Brazil, 2004 – 2009: Evolution and Effects on Political Engagement, 2013.

Ada Frances Miller Endowed Graduate Scholarship in Journalism. $2,000 recognizing continuing achievement in the School of Journalism, The University of Texas at Austin, 2013.

Graduate Recruitment Fellowship. $10,000 funded by the Graduate School, The University of Texas at Austin, 2012.

Certificate of Outstanding Achievement, University of Florida, 2010, 2011 and 2012.

Center for Latin American Studies Student Travel Grant, University of Florida, 2011.

Center for Latin American Studies Field Research Grant, University of Florida, 2011.

John M. Gunn Scholarship, Washington and Lee University, $60,000 fellowship awarded to international students of exceptional academic, personal and professional promise who are currently studying at a university outside of the United States, 2008-09.

Dean’s Scholar, Washington and Lee University, 2008-09

Honor Roll, Washington and Lee University, 2008-09.

Ligia Avebuck Prize by the Brazilian Society for Interdisciplinary Studies of Communications/Intercom – 2006. Cunha, D.A, Colares, J.S.,Reis, M.S., Rocha, B.R., Silva, L. V., & Mourao, R.R. (2006). Site Piatam: Scientific Research and Communication Technology in Symbiosis.

First Place, Admission Test – Continuous Selective Process, Universidade Federal do Amazonas, 2005.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
Content manager and translator, 10,000 trees project, Manaus, Brazil
June 2014
Responsible for content management and translating services (English-Portuguese) for the 10,000 trees project

Social Media manager, Latin American Studies Outreach Program
July 2011- August 2011
The University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
Editor for the Latin American Studies wiki series, Portuguese Language Journal website, and social media (Facebook and Twitter accounts)

Journalist, Piatam Institute, Manaus, AM, Brazil
August 2009 – June 2010
Coverage of the World Cup 2014 environmental impacts studies in Manaus, AM.

Producer, TV Ufam, Manaus, AM, Brazil
September 2007- July 2008
Project: Debating the Media, TV Show
Responsible for producing the television show “Debating the Media”. The show discussed media coverage on social issues in Brazil.

Reporter, Jornal Maskate (newspaper), 2005-2006

OTHER RESEARCH ACTIVITIES
Digital Media Research Program – The University of Texas at Austin
Twitter Research Group – The University of Texas at Austin
Student Enrichment Program – The University of Texas at Austin
Orbicom project – United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization

OTHER SKILLS
Applied Text-Mining and Text-Analysis with R, Summer Statistics Institute, University of Texas at Austin, 2014
Journalism Ethics in a Digital Age, Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas, University of Texas, Austin, 2011
Video Production Workshop, 5th Symposium of Communication Sciences, Universidade Federal do Amazonas, 2005
Visual Anthropology Workshop, 10th Meeting of Social Sciences Students – ENECS, Brazil, 2005.

SERVICES

Communications Chair, Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, Political Communication Interest Group

August 2013- Current

Moderator, Teaching Big Data in the Classroom: What Faculty and Students Should Know. Teaching panel at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication 2014 Annual Conference. Montreal, Canada.

Moderator, Social Media and Social Movements session. Global Fusion Conference. Austin, TX. October, 25-26.

Photography courtesy of Camilla Gonçalves.