About Celeste González de Bustamante
Teaches courses on reporting in the U.S.-Mexico borderlands and Latin America, and television news writing, reporting and production. Dr. González de Bustamante, an affiliated faculty member of the UA Center for Latin American Studies, conducts research on: the history and development of television news and media in Latin America (mainly Mexico, the U.S.-Mexico borderlands, and Brazil); and violence against journalists in Mexico. During the 2013-2014 academic year she is a distinguished visiting professor at the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City. She is the current head of the Border Journalism Network/La red de periodistas de la frontera, and head of the International Communication Division of the Association for Journalism and Mass Communication. She covered the U.S.-Mexico border on commercial and public television for more than 16 years.
- B.A., San José State University
- M.A., University of Arizona
- Ph.D., University of Arizona
Courses Taught at the UA
- J 385 Introduction to Television Reporting and Production
- J 490c Arizona Cat’s Eye: Advanced Television Reporting and Production
- J 473/573 (cross listed in LAS) Reporting in the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands
- J 496L/596L (cross listed in LAS) U.S. Press in Latin America
Recent Publications and Research
- González de Bustamante, Celeste. and J. E. Relly. “Journalism in times of violence: Social media use by U.S. and Mexican journalists working in northern Mexico.” Digital Journalism (2014). DOI:10.1080/21670811.2014.882067
- Relly, J. E. and González de Bustamante, Celeste. “Silencing Mexico: A Study of Influences on Journalists in the Northern States.” International Journal of Press/Politics 19, 1 (2014): 108-131.
- González de Bustamante, Celeste. “Muy buenas noches,”Mexico, Television and the Cold War. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2012.
- Santa Ana, O. and C. González de Bustamante, eds. Arizona Firestorm: Global Immigration Realities, National Media, and Provincial Politics. New York: Rowman and Littlefield, 2012.
- González de Bustamante, Celeste. “The Early Years of La tele.” In Technology and Culture in Mexico in the Twentieth Century, edited by Araceli Tinajero and Brian Freedman. Tuscaloosa, Alabama: University of Alabama Press, 2013.
- González de Bustamante, Celeste. “Arizona and the Making of a State of Exclusion, 1912–2012.” In Arizona Firestorm: Global Immigration Realities, National Media, and Provincial Politics, edited by O. Santa Ana and C. González de Bustamante. New York: Rowman and Littlefield, 2012.
- González de Bustamante, Celeste. “A Chronology of Exclusion.” In Arizona Firestorm: Global Immigration Realities, National Media, and Provincial Politics, edited by O. Santa Ana and C. González de Bustamante. New York: Rowman and Littlefield, 2012.
Past Academic Positions
- Associate Professor, University of Arizona, 2013 – present
- Assistant Professor, University of Arizona, 2007 – 2013
- Assistant Professor of Practice, University of Arizona, 2006 – 2007
- Multi-year Lecturer, University of Arizona, Jan. 2006 – April 2006
- Adjunct Instructor, University of Arizona, 2003 – 2005
Past Professional Positions
- Anchor/Producer, KUAT-TV (PBS), Channel 6, Tucson, Ariz., 1996 – 2005
- Reporter/Anchor/Producer, KOLD-TV (CBS), Channel 13, Tucson, Ariz., 1994 – September 1996
- Reporter/Anchor, numerous U.S. network affiliates in San Francisco Bay Area and other California and Arizona markets, 1988 – 1993
- American Historical Association (AHA)
- Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC)
- Brazilian Association of Researchers in Journalism (SPBjor)
- Conference on Latin American History (CLAH)
- Latin American Studies Association (LASA)
- International Communication Association (ICA)
- Rocky Mountain Council on Latin American Studies (RMCLAS)
- Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE)
- National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ)
Recent Awards & Honors
- Ecquid Novi Award. For top paper in journalism research. Presented at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication annual conference, Washington, D.C., August 8-11, 2013.
- UA Confluencenter Collaboration and Innovation Award for “The Documented Border.” To create an open access digital archive to include oral histories about violence and the border. May 2013.
- Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy. Research Fellowship. To conduct research project entitled, “Journalism on the Periphery: The Impact of Drug-Related Organized Crime on News Production in Sonora, Mexico since 2006.” Fall 2011.
- Dart Center for Journalism & Trauma. Fellowship. Columbia University, New York City. June 2010.
- Hearst Visiting Professional. University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. During the month of February 2007-2013.
My research has focused on the history and development of television news and media in Latin America, primarily in Mexico, Brazil, and along the U.S.-Mexico border. I am interested in the negotiation between media production and viewers’ interpretations; and the limits of media power and influence over citizens in emerging democracies. More recently, I have investigated the limits of freedom of expression, and the capacity of civil society organizations to improve the environment for news media workers in Mexico, one of the most dangerous countries in the world for journalists.