B.A., Universidad de Costa Rica; M.A., University of Florida; Ph.D., University of Florida. Fulbright Scholar at the University of Florida in 2001-2003. Fourteen years as a journalist and editor at newspaper La Nacion in Costa Rica in positions such as online editor and features editor. Strategic communications director at Paniamor Foundation from 1997-1998. Published in Public Relations Review, Global Media Journal (American Edition) and Palabra Clave (Universidad de La Sabana, Colombia). Presented research papers at AEJMC, ICA and SSCA, among others. Taught at the University of Florida from 2008-2011 and at the Universidad de Costa Rica in 2005.  Received the Susan Roschwalb Grant for research in international public relations from AEJMC in 2011 and the 2010-2011 Latin American Studies Doctoral Teaching Award from the Center for Latin American Studies, University of Florida. Came to Elon University, in North Carolina, in 2011.