Roberto Rodríguez is an associate professor at the University of Arizona. He is a longtime-award-winning journalist who returned to school in 2003 in pursuit of a Master's and a Ph.D. in Mass Communications (Jan. 2008) at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. His primary research focus is maíz culture on this continent and Red-Brown journalism and communications. He began writing in 1972 and, while writing for Lowrider Magazine (1978-1981), he was almost killed by LA Sheriff's deputies in 1979 in ELA, while photographing an incident of police brutality. After winning two trials, he was recognized in 1986 by the California Chicano News Media Association for his defense of the First Amendment. He currently writes for Truthout's Public Intellectual Project. His book Our Sacred Maíz is our Mother was published by the University of Arizona Press in 2014. He has two other forthcoming books: Yolqui (2019) and Smiling Brown (2020).
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