Dr. Rubén Arnoldo González Macías is only the second Mexico Chair to visit the U.S. and the first in Pennsylvania  


PHILADELPHIA, PA -- Temple University's Klein College of Media and Communication will host professor and researcher Dr. Rubén Arnoldo González Macías next month as the college's first Mexico Chair. 

The Mexico Chair program is an initiative of the Mexican Agency of International Cooperation for Development (AMEXID). Prominent Mexican scholars travel to international universities to share their research expertise and meet with faculty and students. Temple University's Klein College is the first school in Pennsylvania to host a Mexico Chair and the second in the United States. Aside from Dr. González's visit October 10-22, Klein College will host a prominent Mexican communication and Media scholar for two weeks each year for the next three years as part of the program.  

"This is a wonderful opportunity for our students and marker of Temple's commitment to international scholarship," said Dr. Brian Creech, associate dean for research and graduate studies at Klein. "Dr. González research on violence against journalists is urgent and reveals to us the precarious state of journalism globally." 

Dr. González has been a reporter, editor, and head of research at the newspaper La Voz de Michoacán. He is a professor and researcher at the Institute of Government Sciences and Strategic Development at the Meritorious Autonomous University of Puebla, where he is part of the academic body of Political Communication and Citizenship in the Democratic Transition.  

His academic research focuses on reporter-source relationships, journalistic professionalization, political journalism, democratization of the Mexican press and analysis of media systems. His academic work has been presented and published in Mexico, Europe and South America and has appeared in the scholarly journals Journalism Practice, Journalism Studies, The Journal of International Communication, and the Spanish-language journal Palabra Clave. His current projects focus on political transition in Mexico and its impact on the media, trust between news organizations and their audiences, and violence against journalists.  

Each Mexico Chair will offer a series of public events for Temple faculty and students, as well as events for the surrounding community. 

During his time at Temple, Dr. González will give a large public lecture titled "Overview of Anti-Press Violence in Mexico: Causes and Consequences" on Thursday, October 20, at 3:30 p.m. in Gladfelter Hall. He will also give various smaller research seminars and workshops, open to anyone in the Temple community. These include: 

  • "Researching trust in the news globally," October 11, 5:30 - 8 p.m., Professor Erin Coyle's Journalism Concepts class 

  • Presenting new research as part of the Global Fusion annual conference, hosted by Klein College at the Charles Library, October 14-16. 

  • A meeting with faculty and graduate students on October 18 to discuss collaborating on a comparative research project entitled "Hyperlocal Journalism in Mexico and the USA" 

  • "Empirical and conceptual obstacles for studying professional journalism globally," a master class on research approaches, Klein Media and Communication Ph.D. Colloquium, Friday, October 21, 10-10:50 a.m.  

Dr. González is also available for meetings with Temple student groups and other faculty. Contact Klein's Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies Brian Creech for more information or to get added to Dr. González's itinerary.  




Amanda Stankiewicz