Bio

Luis Hestres

Me at Starbucks, hard at work.

Thank you for your interest in my work. I am a tenure-track assistant professor in the communication faculty at the University of Texas at San Antonio . In May 2014 I earned my PhD from the School of Communication at American University. My work has been published in New Media & Society, the International Journal of Communication, and Environmental Politics, and I have presented at the ICA conference, among others.

My research focuses on the intersection of technology, political communication and mobilization, Internet freedom, and social change. Topics I have researched or intend to include: how different types of advocacy organizations use the Internet to communicate with their supporters and mobilize them; how the policies and technical features that information intermediaries like Facebook, Twitter, Apple, etc. implement affect freedom of expression online and the work of advocacy organizations; the different ways that advocacy organizations communicate online with their supporters about climate change; and online political communication and organizing as an emerging profession.

I was born and raised in Puerto Rico, where I earned a BA in Communication from Universidad del Sagrado Corazón in San Juan. Later I earned an MFA from American University’s Film and Media Arts program and an MA in Communication, Culture and Technology from Georgetown University. Before pursuing my doctorate, I worked as an online organizer at various nonprofits, and was most recently the Internet and Communications Director at the 1Sky climate campaign, which merged with 350.org in April 2011.

See my CV here. I welcome any comments and/or feedback about my work, as well as opportunities to collaborate with other scholars and practitioners in any of the areas mentioned above.