About the Author
Dr. Nathian Shae Rodriguez, a Professor of Digital Media in San Diego State University's School of Journalism and Media Studies, specializes in critical-cultural and digital media studies. He grew up in Balmorhea, Texas and was valedictorian of his high school class. He attended the University of Texas of the Permian Basin where he received a B.A. in Mass Communication. He went on to receive a Masters of Journalism and Mass Communication with a Concentration in Public Relations from Kent State University and a Ph.D. in Media and Communication from Texas Tech University. His hobbies include pop culture, reading, and Spurs basketball.
His research focuses on minority representation in the media, specifically LGBTQ and Latinx portrayals and identity negotiation, as well as pop culture, identification, radio broadcasting, mascing, and masculinity. Dr. Rodriguez also has ten years for professional radio experience as on-air talent, sales, promotion, and social media marketing.