Associate Professor, Public Relations
About: She teaches public relations, cultural studies, and qualitative methods. Scholarship foci: telenovelas, culture and society.
Ph.D., Mass Communication, University of Georgia
M.A., Mass Communication, University of Georgia
B.S., Computer Science, Georgia Institute of Technology
Research Interests and Activities
Dr. Acosta-Alzuru specializes in critical and cultural studies, international communication and women's studies. She is the author of the book Venezuela es una Telenovela (Alfa, 2007) and has authored or co-authored articles in Journalism and Mass Communication Monographs, The Journal of Communication, Critical Studies in Media Communication, Journal of Public Relations Research, Popular Communication, The Communication Review, Journal of Communication Inquiry, Mass Communication and Society, Learning to Teach:What you need to know to develop a successful career as a public relations educator, The Global Dynamic of News and The Women's International Studies Encyclopedia. In addition, she has presented her work at numerous mass communication conferences.
Dr. Acosta-Alzuru teaches public relations, graphic communication and cultural studies. She teaches both an honors seminar (in Spanish) and an undergraduate course (in English) about telenovelas, culture and society. Some of the clients served by her public relations campaigns class include: Georgia Rural Development Council, Georgia Heritage Center for the Arts, Foundation for Excellence in Public Education in Clarke County, Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic, Terry College of Business, the Brain Train, Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, Athens Downtown Development Authority, and the College of Veterinary Medicine.
A native of Caracas, Venezuela, Dr. Acosta-Alzuru taught previously at the Universidad Catolica Andres Bello in Caracas.