Area of Expertise: Freedom of expression issues, especially in Mexico and Central America; journalism repression; journalism ethics; media consolidation, ownership, and regulation; U.S. telecommunication policy; the media and Congress; broadcasting in the developing nations of Latin America, especially Central America; media coverage of the drug war in Latin America; drug issues in Central America; the media and foreign policy; politics in Mexico and Central America; television and film content issues; fluent in Spanish
Additional Information: Rick Rockwell, associate professor of broadcast journalism, is the coauthor of the book Media Power in Central America (May 2003), which won an American Library Association Choice Magazine Award as one of the top academic books in 2004. He is a contributor to Latin Politics, Global Media (2002), The Encyclopedia of International Media and Communications (2003), and Negotiating Democracy (2007). He is the author of the chapter on Latin America in Global Journalism:Topical Issues and Media Systems (2008). Since 1997, he has authored or coauthored 21 book chapters, government reports, and peer-reviewed journal articles on free expression, human rights, and communications issues. He has served as Washington correspondent and columnist for a Mexican national magazine, and his research has been translated for a leading academic journal in Central America. As a freelance writer in recent years, he has contributed to the Miami Herald, the Baltimore Sun, and Newsday. Rockwell has served as a consultant for the Washington Office on Latin America and that organization's Drugs and Democracy Project. During the 2003–2004 academic year, he was honored with a congressional fellowship from the American Political Science Association, based partially on his academic research on communication issues. During his fellowship he handled telecommunication policy issues for U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.). He has been interviewed about politics and media issues by CNN, Voice of America, and the Columbia Journalism Review, among other media outlets. He has done interviews for media in Mexico, Venezuela, Brazil, Germany, and other countries.