Director of Engaged Research and Learning
N372 Integrative Learning Center
Fall 2014 office hours: Tu 2:30-3:30 & Th 2:30-4:30
My research focuses on social stratification of digital media systems, and the role of public policy, civil society actors, non-profits, and media reform movements in media democracy and digital inclusion efforts in the U.S. and Latin America. Areas of interest: media technologies and social inequality; citizen and community media policy; media reform and justice movements; community broadband; new media and social change; evaluation research.
Ph.D., University of Texas Austin
M.A., SUNY at Buffalo
Licenciatura, Universidad Central de Venezuela
Undergraduate: New Media Technologies and Social Change; Convergent Media and Activism; Feminist Media Justice. Graduate: Technology, Social Inequalities & Public Policy; Internet Governance; Communication Policy; Communication Campaigns & Public Advocacy; Capstones in Public Policy.
Fuentes-Bautista, M. (2014) “Rethinking localism in the broadband era: A participatory community development approach.” Government Information Quarterly 31 (1) 65-77.
Fuentes-Bautista, M. (2013) “Redistributing the wealth of networks: Community media’s contributions to digital inclusion.” In Paul M.A. Baker, Jarice Hanson and Jeremy Hunsinger (Eds). The Unconnected: Social Justice, Participation and Engagement in the Information Society (347-382). Peter Lang Publishing
Fuentes-Bautista, M. & Inagaki, N. (2012) “Bridging the broadband gap or recreating digital inequalities? The social shaping of public Wi-Fi in Austin, TX”. In J. Straubhaar, J. Spence, Z. Tufekci and R. Lentz (Eds) Race, Class and the Digital Divide in Austin: The Persistence of Inequity in the Technopolis.Austin, TX: University of Texas Press.
Fuentes-Bautista, M. and Gil-Egui, Gisela (2011) Community Media and the Rearticulation of State–Civil Society Relations in Venezuela. Communication, Culture & Critique 4, 250–274
"Fuentes-Bautista, M. (2009, June). “Beyond television: The Digital Transition of Public Access.” SSRC Necessary Knowledge Program. http://mediaresearchhub.ssrc.org/news/beyond-television-the-digital-transition-of-public-access/
Fuentes-Bautista, M. “Mapping ‘diversity of participation’ in networked media environments.” (Revise/Resubmit)
Fuentes-Bautista, M. “A communication commons approach to digital inequalities: The contributions of community media to digital inclusion.” (Under review)
Castañeda, M., Fuentes-Bautista, M. and Baruch-Blanco, F. “Racial and Ethnic Inclusion in the Digital Era: Shifting Discourses in Communications Public Policy.” (Under review)
Fuentes-Bautista, M. “Media activist habitus” and the struggles for organizing for media reform and justice at the local level” (In preparation)
Fuentes-Bautista, M. “Media localism reconfigured: A user perspective.” (In preparation)
Fuentes-Bautista, M. “Examining the relation between technological and democratic innovations: The case of municipal E-Gov sites in rural New England.” (In preparation)
Fuentes-Bautista, M. Gil-Egui, G. & Rubira, R. “Media Reform and Community Media Policy in Latin America: A Social Justice Perspective.” (In preparation)
Co-Principal Investigator (with Prof. Gisela Gil-Egui), The Center for Global Communication Studies (CGCS) at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania (Fall 2013). $40,010 for the “Latin American Hub for the Internet Policy Observatory”. Submitted.
Co-Principal Investigator (with Prof. Mari Castañeda) (Fall 2013). $10,000 for a Media Justice Practitioner in Residence; Five College Public Policy Initiative. Awarded.
Co-Principal Investigator (with Prof. Mari Castañeda, Prof. Demetria Shabbaz, and Prof. Bernardine Mellis) (2012-2013). $10,000 for the creation of a learning community and seminar in Feminist Media Justice; Five College Digital Humanities Project, FC Women's Studies Research Center. Awarded.
Principal Investigator, City of Amherst- Amherst Media (Spring-Summer 2011). $10,228 for “Mapping ACTV Publics in the Digital Transition.” Awarded.
Principal Investigator, Healey/Faculty Research Grant, UMASS Amherst (2009-2010). $21,515 for “Examining impacts of local broadband initiatives on universal service goals.” Awarded.
Co-Principal Investigator (Communication Junior Facuty Group) (2008-2009). $7,550 for Mutual Mentoring Grant, UMASS Amherst. Awarded.
Principal Investigator, SSRC Necessary Knowledge for a Democratic Public Sphere Program (2008-2009). $7,500 for “Assessing Public Access in a changing Media Landscape: An evaluation of Public Access Community Television in Austin, Texas.” Awarded.
Principal Investigator, City of Austin - channelAustin (2008-2009). $7,500 as matching funds for “Assessing Public Access in a changing Media Landscape: An evaluation of Public Access Community Television in Austin, Texas.” Awarded.
"Examining impacts of Local Broadband Initiatives on Universal Service" is a project that critically examines the institutional dimension of public-private partnerships and collaborative governance in the sustainability of municipal broadband inititaives in underserved communities in Western Massachusetts. Theoretically, the project interrogates the boundaries of emerging commons in communication infrastructure, and the role of local, state and federal policy inititaives in addressing equity issues in the new broadband ecosystem. Current work also includes research on the relation between neo-populist movements, community and new media policy in Latin America.