Dr. Federico Subervi is Visiting Leverhulme Professor at the University of Leeds, UK. He previously was a Full Professor at the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Kent State University in Ohio, where he helped develop the College of Communication and Information doctoral program, and launched new research about Latinos and media issues. He has also served as Professor and Director of the Center for the Study of Latino Media and Markets at the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Texas State University, and has been a professor at the University of Texas at Austin, and the University of California at Santa Barbara.
In January 2011 Subervi was elected to the Board of Directors of the Latino Public Radio Consortium. In June that year and again in August 2012, he was elected as the first professor to serve as Academic Officer on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. To help the Latino community in Texas, from 2002-2007 he served as Chair of the Board of Directors of Latinitas, Inc., a non-profit organization with whose vision is to empower Latino youth through media and technology. Subervi served as a cultural consultant for Nickelodeon’s Dora the Explorer and for Scholastic Entertainment’s The Misadventures of Maya and Miguel.
Since the early 1980s, Subervi has been conducting research, publishing and teaching on a broad range of issues related to the mass media and ethnic minorities, especially Latinos in the United States. In addition to more than fifty journal articles, essays, book chapters and reports on these subjects, he is the editor and an author of the book The Mass Media and Latino Politics. Studies of U.S. Media Content, Campaign Strategies and Survey Research: 1984-2004 (NY: Routledge, 2008). Currently, thanks to a grant from the McCormick Foundation via the Center for News Literacy at Stony Brook University, he is the team leader for a project to develop Latino Oriented News Literacy curricula for college and high school teachers. In 2012, the Association for Education in Journalism & Mass Communication honored him with the Lionel L. Barrow, Jr. Award for Distinguished Achievement in Diversity Research and Education. Subervi has been interviewed and quoted for stories broadly in top publications and other media outlets.