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Antonio López
Current location
Rome, Italy
Year(s) of residency and/or fellowship
2005, Research Resident

Antonio López, PhD, is a leading international specialist of media literacy education. With a research focus on bridging sustainability with media literacy, he is currently one of the top global experts in the field of ecomedia literacy.

As an authority in media literacy, he is regularly interviewed in the media about “fake news” (including on NPR and BBC).

He has written four books, Mediacology: A Multicultural Approach to Media Literacy in the 21st Century (Peter Lang, 2008), The Media Ecosystem: What Ecology Can Teach Us About Responsible Media Practice (Evolver Editions, 2012), Greening Media Education (Peter Lang, 2014), and Ecomedia Literacy: Integrating Ecology Into Media Education (Routledge, 2021). He has published numerous journal articles and book chapters about media education, youth media and ecomedia literacy.

López was content provider for Medios y remedios, a groundbreaking Spanish language media and health CDROM produced by the New Mexico Media Literacy Project, and created a multicultural media literacy curriculum, Merchants of Culture.

As a producer of dozens of youth media projects, López has collaborated with MacArthur Foundation, National Center for the Preservation of Democracy, Action Coalition for Media Education Summit, National Association of Latino Arts and Culture, and National Rural Health Organization.

López’s background in print journalism includes writing for LA Weekly, Frontera, Hispanic Magazine, Urban Latino, Southwest Art, El Andar, In These Times, New Mexico Magazine, Native Peoples, Tricycle and Punk Planet.

He was an arts writer for Santa Fe’s daily newspapers, The New Mexican and the Albuquerque Journal North. He has essays in several popular culture books, including Travelers Tales: CubaIn Search of AdventureTowards 2013, and The End of Money.

He has chapters about media education in Media Literacy: A Reader; Youth Media, International Perspectives on Youth Media: Cultures of Production and Education, UNESCO 2015 Yearbook Media and Information Literacy and Intercultural Dialog, Ecopedagogy of Environmental Communication, Popular Culture and the Austerity Myth: Hard Times Today, International Handbook of Media Literacy, The International Encyclopedia of Media Literacy, and The Handbook on Media Education Research; and a section in the MacArthur Foundation series, Digital Media Learning.

As a consultant, López has advised PBS’ In the Mix series, Intel and The Praxis Project on media and cultural diversity. He received professional training at the Center for Investigative Reporting in San Francisco, earned his BA in Peace and Conflict Studies at UC Berkeley and MA in Media Studies at the New School for Social Research. He earned a Ph.D. is Sustainability Education from Prescott College.

He is currently Chair and Associate Professor of Communications and Media Studies at John Cabot University in Rome, Italy.

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