Prof Milagros Rivera
Research Fellow
Communication Science
15 208A
Communication Science
Internal Box 31
051 401 9765
Theology Building 208A

Short CV


Ph.D. Mass Communication with specialization in Media Law and Telecommunication Regulation
M.A. Mass Communication with specialization in  Telecommunication (with Distinction)
B.A. Public Communication (Magna Cum Laude)

Employment record:

University of Free State, Department of Communication Science
Acting Dean, Faculty of Humanities  – November to September 2017
Professor, Department of Communication Science  – April 1 2015 to Present (Permanent Position)
Head of Department – May 1 2015 to Present 

University of Cape Town, South Africa, Graduate School of Business, Executive MBA Programme  
Consultant and Facilitator, Personal Mastery – December 2012 to December 2013

National University of Singapore, Department of Communications and New Media 
Associate Professor – July 1 2003 to December 15 2012 (Tenured)
Department Founding Head— July 1 2004 to June 30 2012
Director, Social and Cognitive Lab, Interactive and Digital Media Institute, NUS, 2007-2011
Visiting Fellow, July 2002 to June 2003 (on leave from Indiana University)
      Member of the National University of Singapore Graduate School
      Led CNM to a ranking of Third Best Media Studies Programme in the World 
      (QS Global Rankings by Subject, July 2012)

University of Cape Town, South Africa, Centre of Film and Media Studies
Visiting Professor, December 2010 to May 2011 (on sabbatical leave from NUS)

Indiana University, Department of Telecommunications, Bloomington, IN (USA)
Associate Professor-Tenured (August 2000 to June 2003)
Member of the Graduate Faculty

Catholic University, School of Communications, Santiago, Chile
Fulbright Scholar May to July 2001 (on research leave from Indiana University)
Researched telecommunication regulatory reforms in Chile 

University of Florida, College of Journalism and Communications, Gainesville, FL (USA)
Associate Professor-Tenured (August 1998 to July 2000)
Assistant Professor (January 1994 to July 1998)
Visiting Assistant Professor (August to December 1993)
      Member of the Graduate Faculty and the Doctoral Program Group (DPG)
      Member of the MA/JD (Doctor of Jurisprudence) and Ph.D./JD joint degree faculty







Partial list (Refereed and legal journals only)

“New media, space and marginality: Control and regulation of cybercafé use in small and medium towns in Asia.” (2016) T.T. Sreekumar (co-author). Media Watch Journal, 7(2).

 “The Virgin Mary with a Mobile Phone: Ideologies of Mothering and Technology Consumption in Philippine Television Advertisements.” (Cheryll Soriano & Lim Sun Sun, co-authors). Journal of Critical and Contemporary Culture, 8 (1) 2015. 

Making sense of life’s transitions: Mobile Phones and the Creation of Alternative Spaces by South African Youths.” (M. Walton, co-author). Journal of Creative Communication, 8(2-3) 2014.

 “Web Sites for Stakeholder Relations by Corporations and Non-Profits: A Time-lag Study in Singapore.” (K. Sriramesh and Cheryll R. Soriano, co-authors). Journal of Communication Management, 17 (2) 2013.

“Understanding Users’ Choice of Competing Browsers: An Application of Relative Mechanism using the Theory of Planned Behavior.” (Julian Lin, co-author). Online Journal of Communication and Media Technologies, 2 (4) 2012. 

“Offering an integrated new media curriculum or pushing the boundaries of interdisciplinary (media) higher education.” Proceedings of Conference on The Future of College Education: Challenges and Responses in Business and Communication Education. Hallym University. Chuncheon, South Korea, May 2012.

“Testing the Information Technology Continuance Model on a Mandatory SMS-based Student Response System.” (Julian Lin, co-author). Communication Education, 61 (2) 2012.

“Online Privacy, Government Surveillance and National ID cards.” (Lim Sun Sun and Hichang Cho, co-authors). Communications of the AMC, 52 (12), December 2009.   

“A Multination Study of Online Privacy: Global Concerns and Local Responses.” (Hichang Cho and Lim Sun Sun, co-authors). New Media and Society, 11(3), 2009.  

“ICTs and Development: Re-visiting the Asian Experience.” (T.T. Sreekumar, co-author). Science, Technology and Society Journal, 13(2) (July-December), 2008.

“E-Government in a Corporatist, Communitarian Society: The Case of Singapore.” (K. Sriramesh, co-author). New Media and Society, 8(5), 2006.

“Public Affairs and e-governance in Singapore” ” (K. Sriramesh, co-author).  Proceedings of the 11th International Public Relations Symposium, PRISTOP Communications, 2004.

“Singapore and its Experiment in E-governance” (K. Sriramesh, co-author). World Forum Proceedings: Digital Divide, Global Development and the Information Society, International Research Foundation for Development, 3(1), 2004.

“Consumers’ Online Privacy Concerns (Hichang Cho and Lim Sun Sun, co-authors).” World Internet Law Report, 5(4), 2004.  

“Mobile Telecommunications Development in India: The Wireless Local Loop Service Controversy (Loo Wei Yew, Desmond, co-author).” Media Asia, 31(1), 2004.  

“An anti-spam Framework for Singapore (Tan Teck Loon, Victor, co-author).” Media Asia, 30(4), 2003.

“A Comparative Analysis of the Telecommunications Sector Liberalisation of the Philippines and Singapore (Lim May-Ann, co-author).” Asian Journal of Communication, 13(2), 2003.  

“Effective Regulators: A Response to the International Telecommunication Union’s Case Study on Singapore (Ang Peng Hwa, co-author).” Asian-Pacific Law and Policy Journal, 4(1), Spring 2003.

"The Regulation of Telecommunications in Chile: The Difficult Road toward Transparency (Original Title in Spanish: La Regulación de las Telecomunicaciones en Chile: El Difícil Camino hacia la Transparencia)." Cuadernos de Información, Vol. 15 (2002) (Chile).  

"Vice Advertising Under the Supreme Court`s Commercial Speech Doctrine: The Shifting Central Hudson Analysis" (Michael Hoefges, co-author). Hastings Communications and Entertainment Law Journal, 22(3/4), Spring-Summer 2000.

   Reprinted in First Amendment Law Handbook, James L. Swanson, ed. St. Paul: MN.: West Group, 2002, 489-538. 

"A Decade of Indecency: A Study of How the Federal Communications Commission Assesses Indecency Fines (1987-1997).” (Michelle Ballard, co-author). Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly, 75(1), Spring 1998. 

“How Far is Too Far?  The Line between ‘Offensive’ and ‘Indecent’ Speech.” Federal Communications Law Journal, 49(2), February 1997.

“Puerto Rico: A Different Island Culture.” Proceedings of the Second International Symposium, Institute of Public Relations, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, February 1997.   

“Settlement:  FCC’s Newest Strategy to Address Indecency?” (Michelle Ballard, co-author). Communications and the Law, 18(4), December 1996. 

“Sunshine Laws and Judicial Discretion: A Proposal for Reform of State Sunshine Law Enforcement Provisions” (Charles Davis and Bill F. Chamberlin, co-authors).  The Urban Lawyer: The National Quarterly on State and Local Government Law, 28(1), Winter 1996.  

“Developing an Indecency Standard: The Federal Communications Commission and the Regulation of Offensive Speech (1927-1964).” Journalism History, 20(1), Spring 1994. 

"Abortion on the Air: Broadcasters and Indecent Political Advertising" (Paul Gates, co-author). Federal Communications Law Journal, 46 (2), March 1994.  

"Political Advertising: The Lowest Unit Charge and the FCC`s Surprise Audit." Communications and the Law, 15(3), September 1993.

Publications (Short List)

Prof. Rivera’s research has been published in Media Watch, Journal of Creative CommunicationJournal of Critical and Contemporary Culture, Journal of Communication Management, Online Journal of Communication and Media Technologies,Communication EducationNew Media and SocietyCommunications of the Association for Computer MachineryJournal of Science Technology and SocietyOnline Journal of Communication and Media Technologies; Asian Pacific Law and Policy Journal; Media Asia;, Asian Journal of Communication; Communication Education, Journalism and Mass Communication Monographs; Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly;, Journalism History; Hastings Communications and Entertainment Law Journal; Federal Communications Law Journal; World Internet Law Report; and Communications and the Law.


Area(s) of Interest



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