I'm a California native who was shaped by the political turbulence of the 1960s and the social openness of the 1970s. That background combined with my interests and abilities in writing led me to major in journalism and to work for several years in the media.
When I realized that media in the United States were primarily driven by profit and not ideals, I shifted my focus to community communication, such as public access television, local radio, fanzines, and other practices concerned with access and participation.
Ph.D., The Ohio State University
M.A., The University of Texas at Austin
B.A., California State University, Fullerton
Huesca, R. (2009). "Ethical challenges in U.S. youth radio training programs". In T. Tufte & F. Enghel (Eds.), Youth engaging with the world: Media, Communication and social change. Yearbook 2009 of The International Clearinghouse on Children, Youth and Media (pp. 249–264). Göteborg, Sweden: Nordicom.
Huesca, R. (2008). "Activist Media." In W. Donsbach, (Ed.), The International Encyclopedia of Communication (Vol. 1). Malden, MA: Blackwell.
Huesca, R. (2008). "Youth-produced radio and its impacts: From personal empowerment to political action." In N. Carpentier, & B. De Cleen, (Eds.), Participation and media production: Critical reflections on content creation. Newcastle, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
My research for the most part examines community communication practices, many of which occur in Latin America, a real hotbed of local, participatory communication.
International Studies Colloquium
Community service & Involvement
I've worked with volunteer organizations to help showcase the work of public access television producers and to publish the work of homeless people in an occasional newspaper.
I'm active with the university's Languages Across the Curriculum program, the International Studies Committee, the Mach Scholarship Committee, and the Trinity University Choral Union.