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Rachel R. Mourão

East Lansing, Michigan, United States

Assistant Professor, School of Journalism, Michigan State University


Dr. Mourão is an assistant professor in the School of Journalism at MSU. Her research focuses on the relationship between journalism, technology, and politics in the US and Latin America. Employing quantitative and qualitative methods, her projects analyze how mainstream and non-mainstream reporters cover political events, including elections and protests.

Scholarly beginnings

A research idea

Envisioning possible futures in the field of communication and media studies

Learn more about Prof. Mourão’s journey

Selected readings

Mourão, R. R. (2019). From mass to elite protests: News Coverage and the Evolution of Anti-Government Demonstrations in Brazil. Mass Communication & Society, 22(1), 49-71.

Mourão, R.R. & Chen, W. (2020). Covering protests on Twitter – The Influences on Brazilian Journalists’ Social Media Portrayals of the 2013 and 2015 Demonstrations. The International Journal of Press/Politics, 25(2), 260-280.

Mourão, R.R. & Harlow, S. (2020). Awareness, Reporting, and Branding: Exploring Brazilian Journalists’ Social Media Use Across Platforms. Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media, 64(2), 215-235.

Saldaña, M. & Mourão, R.R. (2018). Reporting in Latin America: Issues and perspectives on investigative journalism in the region. International Journal of Press/Politics, 23(3), 299-323.

Watch Prof. Mourão present on “When the right protests: How Brazilian journalists perceive and cover conservative movements” at the Center for Latinx Digital Media

Listen to Prof. Mourão’s insights about her professional journey in El Café Latinx podcast