Publications, Media & Presentations

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Academic Publications

2018 BookTelevision, Democracy, and the Mediatization of Chilean Politics. Published with Lexington Books/Rowman & Littlefield. “Communication, Globalization, and Cultural Identity” series.

…a great introduction to the mediatization of politics, with lessons that apply broadly to the role of the media within contemporary politics.    Michael Cole, Distinguished University Professor Emeritus of Communication & Psychology, University of California San Diego

…the analysis is rigorous and free… this well-informed and illuminating study deserves to be read by both specialists and the general public.    Jaime Concha, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Latin American Literature,  University of California San Diego

Simón Salazar’s well-researched and deeply thoughtful book is a landmark in our understanding of media’s role in Latin American politics and an important contribution to debates on mediatization globally. Highly recommended!    Nick Couldry, Professor of Media, Communications and Social Theory, London School of Economics and Political Science and author of Media, Society, World: Social Theory and Digital Media Practice

…a rich and complex account… rooted in a deep knowledge of the Chilean political context. For anyone interested in the ‘mediatization’ of politics, Simón Salazar’s exploration of the Chilean plebiscite is a rich source of insight.    Daniel C. Hallin, Distinguished Professor of Communication, University of California San Diego

…theoretically sophisticated, historically informed, and politically compelling, this study is a must-read for those interested in Chilean history and culture, media studies, human rights, cultural studies, and especially for activists in Chile and beyond interested in understanding the relationship between media and political transformations.    — Luis Martín-Cabrera, Associate Professor of Spanish and Latin American Cultural Studies, University of California San Diego

…a fascinating analysis… This study is a must-read for those interested in politics, democracy, and social justice.    Nancy Postero, Professor of Anthropology,  University of California San Diego

…a nuanced, learned, and meticulous analysis… [that] combines state-of-the-art theorizing about the dynamics of mediated politics and a granular examination of electoral communication… a must-read for Latin American scholars and communication researchers interested in the troubling consequences of mediatization.    Silvio Waisbord, Professor of Media and Public Affairs, George Washington University

Simón Salazar, H. (2018). Television, Democracy, and the Mediatization of Chilean Politics.
Lanham, MD: Lexington Books/Rowman & Littlefield.

2020The Mediatization of Human Rights Memory in Chile.” Published in the ICA journal, Communication Theory. August 2020.

Abstract: The current pandemic-imposed reliance on media-centered forms of civic engagement underscores the need for empirical mediatization research on the relationship between media, partisan conflict, and political culture. Drawing from critical Latin American media scholarship, mediatization theory, and Cultural-Historical Activity Theory (CHAT), this article proposes a framework for comparative political communication research that centers on media practices and sociocultural change. By analyzing how a 1988 political advertising campaign in dictatorial Chile instantiated a peculiar vision of democratic transition, this article provides an examination of the disjuncture between televised representations of cheerful political reconciliation and abominable human rights abuses as the initial stage in the mediatization of Chilean human rights memory (HRM).

Simón Salazar, H. (2020). The Mediatization of Human Rights Memory in Chile. Communication Theory, 30(2020), 429-448.

2019Movimiento Voices On Campus: The Newspapers of the Chicana/o Student Movement.” Published in the Journal of Alternative and Community Media, “Ethnic Minority Media: Between Hegemony and Resistance.” July 2019.

Abstract: The political communication of the Chicana/o student movement of the 1960s and 1970s took place primarily through various forms of print media, with campus-based student newspapers figuring prominently within that particular historical moment. At their peak, at least 48 Chicana/o student newspapers were produced on campuses throughout the country, marking these publications as both the principal and ideal format through which the flow of cultural and political information was channeled between movement publics, both on and off college campuses. Yet, the history of these publications has not been thoroughly documented, nor has the discursive legacy of this form of communicative resistance been fully examined. This paper provides a brief history of the emergence and significance of these student newspapers on campuses across the United States, focusing on how campus activists established this form of community media to help advocate on behalf of Chicana/o students and their broader publics.”

Simón Salazar, H. (2019). Movimiento Voices On Campus: The Newspapers of the Chicana/o Student Movement. Journal of Alternative & Community Media, 4(3), 56-70.

2023“Community Print Media and Photography of the Chicana/o Movement.” and “The Student Print Media of the Chicana/o Movement.” In press, in The Chicana and Chicano Movement: From Aztlán to Zapatistas. A. R. Del Castillo & N. Iglesias-Prieto (Eds.). ABC-CLIO/Greenwood Praeger. August 2023.

An indispensable resource for students investigating social and political activism, this book provides an overview of the major trends and influences of the Chicano/Chicana Movement… The impact of the Chicano/Chicana Movement on today’s America can be seen in the halls of power, in educational access and equity, and in the positive self-image among Chicanos and Chicanas. It is also reflected in visual arts, theater, music, and dance. This book provides students investigating Mexican-American or Chicano/Chicana-Latino/Latina social and political activism and social justice advocacy with an overview of the major trends and influences of the Chicano/Chicana Movement during the highly volatile 1960s and 1970s…”

2023Forthcoming book: No Walls For Donald: The Vilification of Latin America in U.S. Political Culture. Under review with Oxford University Press. Read the synopsis.
2022Forthcoming paper: The Political Economy of Early Latin American Broadcast Television: 1950 to 1965.
2022Forthcoming paper: Fake News Is A Quantitative Category & Truthfulness Has Very Little To Do With It.
2022Forthcoming paper: Progressives Haven’t Fully Considered The Implications Of Fake Activist Oriented Social Media Accounts. 
2022Forthcoming paper: Transitioning From The Imagined To The Implemented: The UCSD Community Stations Initiative & Testing The Pedagogical Limits Of Digital Communication Technologies.
2022Forthcoming chapter: “Organizing Communities in the Barrios of San Diego: Lowriding, Politics, and Change.”

Media Production (partial list)

2022Researcher, author, & web designer, Raza Demographics in the U.S. <>. I originally developed this resource to support my teaching of two new courses; COM 381: Latin American Media & Political Communication and COM 387: Bilingual Media in the United StatesThe March 10, 2022 U.S. Census Bureau announcement of 2020 Census over/undercounts compelled me to create this online resource for my students as well as my own research.
2022Researcher, author, & web designer, Race & Ethnicity in the U.S., 2020 Census (including the over/undercounts!). <>. I originally developed this resource to support my teaching of COM 372: Race & Representation. The March 10, 2022 U.S. Census Bureau announcement of 2020 Census over/undercounts compelled me to create this online resource for my students as well as my own research.
2022Videographer, Professor Michael Cole, “Culture in the Middle.” 1995. – Uploaded July 5, 2022. An interview with Professor Michael Cole. The interview was collected in 1995 at a conference of child developmentalists in Indianapolis. The original videographer’s name and the exact interview date are unknown. In 2013, Mike Cole provided me with a DVD that included this unedited material. In 2022, I found the DVD and edited the material into this 27-minute interview. Topics include cultural psychology, learning, the Laboratory of Comparative Human Cognition (LCHC), the 5th Dimension, education, equity, cultural diversity, standardized testing, cross-cultural research, anthropology, historical materialism, evolution, micro-cultures, after-school programs, and child development. Run time: 26:44. <>

2021Videographer & Presenter, this is a video I prepared for a panel discussion titled “Muhlenberg Pockets of Hope” during the Fall Celebration of Teaching and Learning on August 25, 2021. The following text is from the panel description: “Conditions in the last year and a half have challenged faculty to devise new practices in digital space to enact pedagogies and principles in teaching and learning that they hold dear. While much was lost, one thing we observed was an enduring commitment to building critical, creative, and humane learning experiences for and with our students. In this panel, faculty give voice to the ways they enlisted digital tools and techniques within the constraints of the pandemic to achieve their pedagogical goals. We think of this work as stitching together pockets of hope across an often dehumanizing distance learning landscape and as resistance to corporate ed-tech business as usual. We highlight examples that call to mind these words from critical race and technology scholar Ruha Benjamin: ‘Remember to imagine and craft the worlds you cannot live without, just as you dismantle the ones you cannot live within.'” Run time: 07:54. <>

2021Videographer, “Open Friendship Park Silent March” – Video and interviews collected during a June 13, 2021 “silent march” to re-open the family meeting area at Border Field State Park in San Diego, California. For more information about how to support the effort to reopen the Friendship Circle, visit the Friends of Friendship Park website at: <>. Run time: 06:49. <>

2021Videographer, “From the Velham to Instagram” – May 15, 2021, collaborative interview and presentation with Professor Emeritus Michael Cole. Prepared for The International Psychological Forum “Child in the Digital World.” June 1-2, 2021, Moscow. Run time: 17:19. <>

2021Videographer, “Leticia” – April 9, 2021 interview with a former immigration detainee who describes her experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic while in detention at the Otay Mesa Detention Center. This was a collaboration with the U.S.-Mexico Border Program for the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC). Run time: 12:29. <>

2020Videographer, “Latin American Studies @ UCSD” – Winter, 2020. I developed these undergraduate outreach videos with the help of my LATI 10 students. They were intended to support the expansion of the UCSD Latin American Studies program. I was later informed that the number of Latin American Studies majors/minors more than doubled during the course of that academic year. Some of that growth was attributed to these videos being shared across the seven colleges at UCSD. <>

2020Videographer, “La Tierra Mia”: Reflections on the 50th Anniversary of Chicano ParkDuring the Spring quarter of 2020 I taught a special topics course for UCSD Latin American Studies. The course focused on the 50th anniversary of San Diego’s Chicano Park. The class was going to be convened in the Park, at the base of the new mural dedicated to the memory of Anastasio Hernández Rojas. Our class meetings would culminate with the actual 50th Anniversary Commemoration, scheduled for April 25, 2020. The course was organized with the approval and active support of the Chicano Park Steering Committee (CPSC), as well as the muralists Victor Ochoa and Mario Chacon. As a consequence of the pandemic, these plans were abruptly changed, and the course was delivered online. I lieu of in-person discussions that would focus on the significance of this special place, I organized a series of panel discussions featuring key figures in the history and defense of the Park. This is a series of short videos I developed from these discussions and other course-related activities. <>

2019Videographer, A border story you can feel good about: Meet Adriana Jasso. I collaborated to create this outreach and informational video for the U.S.-Mexico Border Program of the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC). Run time: 02:31. <>.

2019Researcher, archivist, & author, Franja de Propaganda Electoral, Plebiscito de 1988, Chile, Colección completa. <>. This is likely the only complete set publicly available online or otherwise. Read my draft article “Pinochet’s Residual Legal Claim Over Chilean Collective Memory: A Brief History of the 1988 Franja de Propaganda Electoral” for more information.
2017Archivist & author, Raza Movimiento Newspapers. <>.
2017Contributor, THE STORY OF LCHC: A Polyphonic Autobiography. <>. Chapter 13: Town and Country Learning Center: Connecting with the Community.
2017Author, Photo Essay: A Divided Friendship. Border Field State Park, U.S./Mexico Border, December. Personal Blog.
2013-2014Videographer, eBook The Dragon in the Cliff: A Novel by Sheila Cole, New York: FlickerLab, 2014. & eBook on iTunes.
2013Project director of a yearlong effort to commemorate the 30th anniversary of UC San Diego’s Department of Communication. This process culminated in a three-day celebration at UCSD under the theme, The Future of Communication: Questions of Power, Publics, & the New Media Environment. I was also the project videographer, social media director, webpage designer, and archivist directing the effort to recover and share some key departmental video collections: <>.

2012Project director, videographer, & web designer, the UCSD Community Stations Initiative, a socio-technical collaboration between the UCSD Departments of Communication, Visual Arts, and the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2). Run time: 08:09. <>.

2011-2012Cinematographer, Beyond the Fifth Dimension: University-Community Partnerships in Learning, documenting the history, theoretical focus, and work of the UCSD Laboratory of Comparative Human Cognition (LCHC). Run time: 54:50. <>.

2011Author and web designer of La Segunda Declaración de La Habana, a multi-media work in progress designed to reveal the characteristics of accumulated historical knowledge that becomes embodied within a text over time. <>.

2010Assistant Coordinator for COMT 175A: Advanced Topics in Community Media Production, The History of Chicano Park. Assisted Professors Zeinabu Davis and Olga Vásquez in the development of this media production course documenting the 40th anniversary of Chicano Park in San Diego. 
2008Videographer and web designer, A Divided Friendship – The U.S./Mexico Border & The Destruction of Friendship Park. Film screenings throughout San Diego, CineFestival 2009, and Binational Association of Schools of Communication (BINACOM) Conference 2009. Run time: 9:20. <> & <>.

Conferences, Presentations, & Press

2022Society for Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS). Presenter, COVID-19 & Transnational Misinformation: A Comparison of Right-Wing Media and the Pandemic on Different Sides of the U.S.-Mexico Border for the Activist and Revolutionary Film and Media Special Interest Group roundtable discussion: “Encounters with Partisan Media: Toward the 2022 Midterm Elections.” September 10. Conducted online.
2022Chicana/o Studies, San Diego City College. CHIC 110A, Introduction to Chicana/o Studies. Guest lecture and tour: La Tierra Mía: The Significance of Chicano Park. July 27. San Diego, California.
2022International Communication Association (ICA) Annual Conference. Presenter, Transnational Misinformation and the Impact of COVID-19 in U.S./Mexico Border Communities. May 26-30. Paris, France.
2021Department of Media & Communication, Muhlenberg College. COM 470: Media & Communication Honors Seminar. Guest lecture: Community Media & Activism. October 19. Allentown, Pennsylvania.
2021Center for Teaching and Learning (MCTL), Muhlenberg College. MCTL Fall Celebration of Teaching and Learning. Panel Discussion: Pockets of Hope. August 25. Allentown, Pennsylvania.
2021Latin American Studies Program, UC San Diego. LATI 50, Introduction to Latin American Studies. Guest lecture: Trumpism, La Raza and Political Power in 2021. July 29. Conducted online.
2021Department of International History, London School of Economics and Political Science. Guest lecture for the Communication Revolutions in Latin America: Revolutions in Electronic Communication podcast. July 1. Conducted online.
2021Chicano Park Museum and Cultural Center and the San Diego Repertory Theatre. Interviewed for the Resistance Creates Beauty oral histories project. February 10. San Diego, California.
2020Via International. Contributor and educational partner with the Grassroots Practice of Engaged Justice virtual program. July 8. San Diego, California.
2020Department of Communication, UC San Diego. Communication & Culture 155, “Latinx Space, Place and Cultural Politics.” Guest lecture: The Power of Place: The 50th Anniversary of San Diego’s Chicano Park. May 8. La Jolla, California.
2020S.I. Newhouse School Of Public Communications, Syracuse University: The Mediatization of Human Rights Memory: A Sociocultural Analysis of How Televised Political Advertising Helped Chileans Reconcile The Irreconcilable. February 21. Syracuse, New York.
2020Department of Media & Communication, Muhlenberg College: The Mediatization of Human Rights Memory: A Sociocultural Analysis of How Televised Political Advertising Helped Chileans Reconcile The Irreconcilable. February 13. Allentown, Pennsylvania.
2020Department of Communication, University of South Florida: The Mediatization of Human Rights Memory: A Sociocultural Analysis of How Televised Political Advertising Helped Chileans Reconcile The Irreconcilable. January 28. Tampa, Florida.
2019Wake Forest University Department of Communication: The Mediatization Of Human Rights: Augusto Pinochet’s Residual Claim Over Chilean Collective Memory. November 11. Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
2019San Diego State University School of Journalism and Media Studies: The Mediatization Of Human Rights: Augusto Pinochet’s Residual Claim Over Chilean Collective Memory. October 23. San Diego, California.
2019Western Washington University Department of Communication Studies: Trump’s Media Wall: Peculiar Representations of Mexican Voices During the 2015-2016 Presidential Campaign. February 27, 2019. Bellingham, Washington.
2018Department of Education Studies, UC San Diego. Bilingualism As Community: A Comparative, Socio-Cultural Assessment of Language Use Among Children Of Kumeyaay And Mexican Heritage. October 26. La Jolla, California.
2018International Communication Association (ICA) Annual Conference. Presenter: Donald Trump’s Media Wall: The Conspicuous Absence of Mexican Voices During the 2016 Presidential CampaignFake News Is A Quantitative Category & Truthfulness Has Very Little To Do With It; and The Mediatization of Chilean Human Rights Memory. May 24-28. Prague, Czech Republic.
2018Quoted in the New York Times: California Today: President Trump’s Visit to California. March 14.
2018Interview published with MintPress News and ZNet: The US Can’t Revive the Monroe Doctrine or Expel China from Latin America, but it Can Inflict Pain on the Region. March 08.
2018Interview published with UCSD Communication Department News: UCSD Department of Communication alumnus Harry L. Simón Salazar publishes his first book. February 04.
2017International Communication Association (ICA) Annual Conference. Presenter, The Chilean Television Industry and the Transition to Civilian Rule. May 25-29, 2017. San Diego, California.
2017National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies (NACCS). Chair & presenter, Escuelita Aztlan: What Educational Self-Determination Looks Like. March 22-25, 2017. Irvine, CA.
2015Chancellor’s Associates Scholars Program (CASP) – Faculty Speaker Series, UC San Diego. What We Bring To The University & What We Take Back To Our Communities. November 9. La Jolla, California.
2015Quoted in Triton Magazine, UC San Diego Alumni: Social Justice in Center Stage. September 24. La Jolla, California.
2015International Congress of the Latin American Studies Association (LASA). Presenter & Chair, Television, Democracy, and the Mediatization of Latin American Politics: 1980 through 2000. May 27-30, 2015. San Juan, Puerto Rico.
2015International Communication Association (ICA) Annual Conference. Presenter, The West & The Rest: The Importance Of Mediatization Research For Understanding Latin American Politics. May 21-25, 2015. San Juan, Puerto Rico.
2014American Historical Association (AHA) Annual Meeting. Democracy and the Political Ascendancy of Broadcast Television in Latin America, 1950–70. January 3. Washington D.C. Paper accepted though I was ultimately unable to present.
2013National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies (NACCS). Presenter, Red Raza: Chicana/os and Marxism. May 20-23, 2013. San Antonio, Texas.
2011Association of Raza Educators (ARE) Conference. Keynote presentation, Maestras y maestros luchando, también están enseñando. May 28. San Diego, California.
2003National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies (NACCS) Conference. Presenter, Raza Internationalism: Aztlan, Cuba, Venezuela, and Progressive Social-Political Movements in Latin America. April 2-6. Los Angeles, California.
2001National Educational Computing Conference (NECC). Presenter, Technology, Critical Literacy, & Chicano Studies. June 25-27. Chicago, Illinois.

More of my video production can be viewed on my YouTube channel:<>