George Villanueva PhD
Associate Professor & Doctoral Program Coordinator
Department of Communication and Journalism
Texas A&M University
My primary inquiries are in researching how marginalized communities of color survive the material realities of structural oppression that have been reproduced along the intersectional social identities of race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, and class. To this end, I research the role that communication, organizing, media, activism, and expressive culture play in place-based advocacy and social change goals of marginalized communities of color in cities. This research further examines how organizational communication and culture can contribute to more equitable, inclusive, and just futures. My research methods are interdisciplinary and informed by critical theoretical frameworks in communication, anthropology, sociology, cultural studies, and engaged scholarship.
I received a BA in Black Studies and History from University of California at Santa Barbara; a MSC in Global Media and Communications from the London School of Economics and Political Science; and a PhD in Communication with a Graduate Certificate in Visual Anthropology from University of Southern California Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, and Department of Anthropology.
I live in Houston, Texas. Originally, I was born and raised in Los Angeles, in the intersecting neighborhoods of East Hollywood, Koreatown, and Historic Filipinotown. Spun from the Filipinx Diaspora, I crave tortang talong, white rice, tacos carne asada, kimchi soondubu jjigae and crinkle cut fries (all at the same time) just about every minute of the day.