Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Professor, Public Relations
Grady College of Journalism & Mass Communications, University of Georgia
Dr. Maria Len-Ríos is the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Public Relations at the Grady College of Journalism & Mass Communications at the University of Georgia.
Dr. Len-Ríos teaches public relations and cross-cultural journalism courses. In 2016, she co-authored a textbook, Cross-Cultural Journalism: Communicating Strategically About Diversity, with Dr. Earnest Perry (Routledge/Taylor& Francis)
Dr. Len-Ríos’ research focuses on inequalities in public relations and health communication. Together with colleagues and doctoral students, she has earned more than 9 Top Paper awards in national and international academic conferences across multiple areas – public relations, health and science communication, mass communication & society, popular culture and magazine research. Len-Ríos has collaborated on interdisciplinary grant work, including a Washington University/Missouri School of Journalism NIH Center for Excellence in Cancer Communication Research. She has also been lead PI on the LASER project through the MU Mizzou Advantage program. She is an affiliate of the MU Center for Children and Families Across Cultures as part of the LASER collaborative, which is dedicated to studying the well-being of U.S. Latino adolescents. In addition, she serves as an inaugural board member of The Herschel S. Horowitz Center for Health Literacy in the School of Public Health at the University of Maryland (2014-2016).