Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures

School of Media and Communication


José Brambila Ramírez

PhD Researcher

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José Antonio Brambila is a PhD researcher at the School of Media and Communication, at the University of Leeds, UK. His research is concerned with the logic of anti-press violence and security of journalists in post-authoritarian societies, specially in Mexico. He is supervised by Prof Jairo Lugo Ocando and Prof Katrin Voltmer and is a co-convener of the International Communication Research Group at the school.


Jose Antonio is a PhD student at the School of Media and Communication (SMaC), University of Leeds, on a full scholarship from Mexican Council of Higher Education and Technology. He has contributor and research assistant for projects funded by UNDP, Open Society Foundations and UNESCO. He has been awarded scholarships and grants to conduct his research from Annenberg School for Communication at U Peen and Society of Latin American Studies in UK. He has also presented over 28 conference papers, guest lectures, and talks in Mexico, US, UK, Europe, and Japan.

He previously studied at the University of Sheffield as a PhD student in the Department of Journalism. He holds a BA in Communication from the Panamerican University (2008) and a Master in Political Science from the prestigiuos El Colegio de México (2011), both in Mexico City.


Chapters in Edited Volume

– (2016) (In Print) “Challenges to Media Openness in Mexico”, In Digital Transformation in Journalism and News Media, Berlin: Springer Science+Business Media (Friedrichsen and Kamalipour, Edits.).

– (2016) “Public Media Service in Mexico and Latin America”, In Public Service Media Initiatives in the Global South, Open Society Foundations – Simon Fraser University – RIPE (A. Rahman & G. F. Lowe (eds.).

– (2016) “Journalism in Contemporary Mexico: Dimensions and Constraints”, In Nationality of Journalism: Approaching to the Publicness of Media in Developing Nations, Tokyo: Keio University Press (Yamamoto, Edit.) (In Japanese).

Research Series

Non Refereed Papers

– (2014) “Comunicación en la guerra contra el narcotráfico. La estrategia publicitaria de la SEDENA (2007-2011)”, Revista Confines, (10) No. 19.

– (2013) (With Julio Juárez), “La publicidad política televisiva en el proceso electoral federal de 2012 en México”, Revista Mexicana de Derecho Electoral. No. 3.


– “Anti-press Violence in Mexico: A sub-national comparison (2010-2015)”, I need to incorporate feedback before submitting to a journal.

– “The Subnational Media Approach: Boundary Control Strategies to Freedom of the Media in the Mexican Provinces” (Co-auhtored with Lugo-Ocando, The University of Leeds) – Projected to submit in early 2016.

Research Interests

He specialized in comparative media systems in post-authoritarian with a special focus in Latin America and Mexico. Most of my research focuses in anti-press violence and press freedom at sub-national level; public media service beyond the West, as well as content analysis of political news and ads during elections.


2013 & 2015 Teaching Assistant The University of Sheffield, UK (Lecturer: Prof Jairo Lugo-Ocando) Course: “Journalism, Development and Globalization”

2012-13 Lecturer ITESM, Mexico City Courses: Political Science, Political Analysis and Public Policy.


Co-convener of the International Communication Research Group at the school.

Co-organizer of the international conference Media and Governance in Latin America, held yearly in the UK. Conference Website.


Research Projects & Grants

– Grant for Research on Global Media Law and Policy, Center for Global Communication Studies, Annenberg School for Communication, U Penn (2015).

International Communication Association Travel Grant (2015).

Mexican Secretariat of Public Education Grant (2015).

Open Society Foundations Travel Grant (2014).

Society of Latin America Studies Postgraduate Travel Grant (2014).

CONACYT scholarship (National Council of Science and Technology) (2013-17).

-First Place Essay Prize of the Mexican Congress Channel (2011).

CONACYT scholarship (2009-2011).

Research Centres & Groups

International Communication Research Group

International Communication Association, Journalism Division

Association for Media and Communication Research, Student Representative


PhD & Postdoctoral Supervision

Prof Jairo Lugo Ocando

Prof Katrin Voltmer 


PhD Thesis

The Logic Of Antipress Violence in Hybrid Regimes: Aggression Against the Media and Journalist’s Response at the Mexico’s States

Professional Practice

2015 – 2016 Research Assistant (Strengthening Freedom of the Media) Project Leader: Prof Jackie Harrison (University of Sheffield, UK) Sponsor: UNESCO and the Center for Freedom of Press (U of Sheffield)

2015 (Winter) Researcher (PSM Initiatives in Non-Western Contexts) Project Leader: Anis Rahman (Simon Fraser University, Canada) Advisors: Prof G Ferrell (U of Tampere) and Prof M Aslama (U of Helsinki) Sponsor: Open Society Foundations

2014 (Summer) Research assistant (Political News at the European Elections) Project Leader: Prof Ralph Negrine (The University of Sheffield, UK)

2012-2013 Research assistant (Public Administration at Local Level) Project Leader: Dr Fernando Ibarra (CIDE, Mexico)

2012 Research Coordinator (Political Ads in the Mexican Election) Project Leader: Dr Julio Juárez (UNAM, Mexico) Sponsors: United Nations Development Programme and UNAM



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