College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Cecilia "Lia" Uy-Tioco

Cecilia "Lia" Uy-Tioco

Cecilia "Lia" Uy-Tioco

Assistant Professor

Critical media and cultural studies, globalization, new media in the developing world

Cecilia “Lia” Uy-Tioco is Term Assistant Professor of Global Affairs. Her research interests are in critical media and cultural studies, globalization, and new media in the developing world. Before coming to GLOA, Dr. Uy-Tioco was affiliated with New Century College, the Department of Communication, and the Cultural Studies Program where she taught and developed a variety of courses ranging from introductory freshman to advanced theory courses in globalization and culture, globalization and media, mass communication theory, new media in everyday life, and globalization and food.

Dr. Uy-Tioco grew up in the Philippines where she received an AB in Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus on Communication and Legal Management from the Ateneo de Manila University. She has a Certificate in Publishing from the Radcliffe Publishing Course at Harvard University, an MA in Individualized Study/Publishing from New York University, and an MA in Media Studies from the New School University. She recently earned her PhD in Cultural Studies from George Mason University after defending her dissertation titled “Texting Capital: Mobile Phones, Social Transformation, and the Reproduction of Power in the Philippines.”

In 2007, Dr. Uy-Tioco’s article, “Overseas Filipino Workers & Text Messaging: Reinventing Transnational Mothering,” was published in Continuum: Journal of Media & Cultural Studies (Vol. 21.2, June 2007, pp. 253-365), and subsequently in the book Mobile Phone Cultures (edited by Gerard Goggin, Routledge, 2008). She is currently working on her book manuscript on the adoption of mobile phone products and services in the Philippines as they relate to the Philippines’ participation in the global network society, the transformation or entrenchment of existing social and economic relations, and role of a developing nation in globalization.