Dr Mario Rodriguez holds a Ph.D. from the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania with a specialization in Communication & Culture (2011). His dissertation was a qualitative study that examined Facebook privacy in the context of the job market and professionalization of graduating college seniors. He has authored a number of articles in peer-reviewed, international journals of Communication and Media Studies, such as The International Journal of Baudrillard Studies and M/C Journal. His research interests span social media privacy, Facebook privacy, surveillance studies, critical and cultural studies of media, film studies, and popular culture. His current research focuses on understanding youth and social media in the context of the UAE and Arab media. He has ten years of experience in higher education teaching at Stetson University in Florida, U.S.A., and at the University of Pennsylvania. His teaching expertise includes Media and Mass Communication, Critical and Cultural Studies, Qualitative Research, Communication and Technology, and others.
Dr. Rodriguez also holds an MA in Journalism from the University of Florida (2006). In addition to his work in higher education, he has worked as a reporter, a media researcher, a documentarian, and in U.S. government.