Mario Rodriguez

Assistant Professor of Communication and Media Studies

Mario Rodriguez received his Ph.D. in 2011 from The Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania. His dissertation was a qualitative study on the Facebook privacy behaviors of graduating college seniors as they approach the job market. He continues to focus on issues of privacy and self-censorship on social media, particularly Facebook privacy. Given recent developments in the world of online media, Rodriguez hopes to uncover how social media impacts self-disclosure online and in everyday forms of interpersonal interactions. Though he focuses mainly on social network service (SNS) privacy, his work intersects with elements of surveillance studies, popular culture and visual culture, as well as media ecology. Rodriguez has been published in Fast Capitalism (2009) and Colloquy (2009). He also wrote a brief introduction for "Making the University Matter" (Zelizer, Ed., 2011). He also collaborated on the 2011 documentary, "Artists Unbound: The Appeal of Transgressive Art".


  • Ph.D., The Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania (2011)

Course Topics

COMM 499 Senior Thesis
COMM 498 Senior Seminar
COMM 333 Communication & Technology
COMM 301 Qualitative Methods
COMM 241A Visual Communication
COMM 290 Special Topics - New Media & Privacy
COMM 231 Critical Studies of Mass Media
COMM 228 Intercultural Communication
COMM 221 Interpersonal Communication
FSEM 100 East Asian Culture & the Media

Research Interests

  • Privacy and self-censorship on social media
  • Social media's impact on online self-disclosure and in everyday forms of interpersonal interactions
  • Social network service (S.N.S.) privacy
  • Surveillance studies
  • Popular culture
  • Visual culture
  • Media ecology


Rodriguez, M. (2015). €œThe Ecstasy of Communication as Critique of Media Events. International Journal of Baudrillard Studies, 12(1).

Rodriguez, M. (2014). Physiognomy and Freakery: The Joker on Film. Americana: The Journal of American Popular Culture, 13(2).

Rodriguez, M. G. (2014). Long Gone Hippies in the Desert€: Counterculture and Radical Self-Reliance at Burning Man. M/C Journal, 17(6), 1.

Rodriguez, M. (2011). Introduction: Economies of Knowledge. In B. Zelizer, Making the University Matter (Shaping Inquiry in Culture, Communication & Media Studies). London: Routledge. Pp. 133-134.

Rodriguez, M. (2009). Horror-Ritual: Horror Movie Villains as Collective Representations, Uncanny Metaphors & Ritual Transgressors. Colloquy, 18, 208-225.

Rodriguez, M. (2009). Sign Story: Shifting Discourse on €˜Signage™ in Progressive Grocer Magazine, or the Supermarket in Late Capitalism. Fast Capitalism, 5(2).

Mario Rodriguez

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