- Fulbright Award (2001)
Milagros Rivera Sanchez was an associate professor in the Department of Telecommunications in the College of Arts and Sciences at IU Bloomington from 2000 to 2003. She holds a B.A. in Public Communication from the University of Puerto Rico, a M.A. in Mass Communication from the University of Florida, and a Ph.D. in Mass Communication Law and Telecommunication Regulation from the University of Florida. Her research interests include intercultural communication, ICT policy, online privacy, e-government, and youth and new media appropriation in emerging economies.
Rivera Sanchez began her career as an assistant professor in the College of Journalism and Communications at the University of Florida. She joined IU in 2000 as an associate professor of telecommunications and also served as a Fulbright scholar in the School of Communications at the Catholic University of Chile in Santiago, Chile in 2001. In 2003, she left IU to accept a position at the National University of Singapore (NSU) in the Department of Communications and New Media where she served as the department founding chair, associate professor, and director of the Social and Cognitive Lab in the Interactive and Digital Media Institute. She led the Department of Communications and New Media at NSU to be ranked as the third best communications and media program in the world by the QS World University Rankings by Subject. In 2012, she moved to South Africa to be a consultant and facilitator for the University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business’ Executive MBA Program. She then served as a research fellow, department chair, and professor in the Department of Communication Science at the University of the Free State in Bloemfontein, South Africa prior to joining George Mason University. Currently, Rivera Sanchez serves as the director of faculty diversity, inclusion and well-being in the Office of the Provost, Faculty Affairs and Development at George Mason University.