Employing both quantitative and qualitative methods, Dr. Mourão focuses on how journalists cover political events in a changing media ecosystem. Her projects have focused on elections and protests, both in the United States and in Brazil. At MSU, she teaches courses on social media, media literacy, media theory and multimedia reporting. She has received grants from the US State Department (Missions Brazil and Chile), the Online News Association, and the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication.
Dr. Mourão worked several years as an online reporter and social media manager in journalism and public relations in Brazil. More recently, her work centered on journalists covering right and left-leaning political protests and elections in Latin America and the United States.
Dr. Mourão received her doctorate in journalism from the University of Texas at Austin, School of Journalism. She also holds a Master of Arts from the University of Florida, Center for Latin American Studies and a Bachelor of Arts from the Universidade Federal do Amazonas, Departamento de Comunicação Social.
Dr. Mourão lives in East Lansing, Mich., with her husband and two dogs. When she’s not working, she spends time outdoors with her husband and dogs or binge-watching TV.