Dr. Celeste González de Bustamante is Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Moody College of Communication and holds the Mary Gibbs Jones Centennial Chair in the School of Journalism and Media. She is an unwavering advocate for students, staff, and faculty and endeavors to create positive social change through academia, media, and communication. An innovative educator who has been recognized for community-engaged learning, she has developed and implemented award-winning experiential classes. Her research focuses on historical and contemporary issues related to media in the U.S.-Mexico borderlands, Mexico, and other parts of Latin America. She also is advancing research about Filipina/o/x American communities and media in the twentieth century. Her latest book is Surviving Mexico: Resistance and Resilience Among Journalists in the Twenty-first Century (Austin: The University of Texas Press, 2021) (with Dr. Jeannine E. Relly)has received three national awards, the James W. Tankard Book Award, the Knudson Latin America Prize, and the Frank Luther Mott – KTA Journalism & Mass Communication Research Award.
Dr. González de Bustamante is an active member and leader in numerous academic organizations including the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, in which she serves as the chair of the Elected Standing Committee on Research. She co-heads the Border Journalism Network/La red de periodistas de la frontera, and is a member of the International Communication Association, the Latin American Studies Association, and the Association for Borderlands Studies. Prior to joining Moody College, Dr. González de Bustamante co-founded and served as director of The University of Arizona Center for Border and Global Journalism and held a dual courtesy appointment with the UA Center for Latin American Studies and was an affiliated faculty member of the Department of History, Mexican American Studies Department and of the Graduate Programs in Human Rights Practice. She received her Ph.D. in History from The University of Arizona. Before going into academia, she worked for 15 years as a journalist in commercial and public television in the San Francisco Bay Area and at network affiliates in the Southwest.