I am an Assistant Professor of Journalism at the Jack J. Valenti School of Communication, University of Houston, scholar-in-the-making, and coding aficionado. In the past, I worked as a broadcast and online journalist. I have taught undergraduate courses, online and offline, at the National University of Singapore, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, Universitat Pompeu Fabra and City University of Hong Kong. My most recent research projects take a multidisciplinary approach (international relations, media and area studies) to study disinformation using qualitative (interviews, focus groups, observation) and quantitative methodologies (quantitative text analysis, online experiments).
A recap on how I am progressing with some of my current professional and life goals. Not necessarily accurate, but I am trying hard.
I am available for media commentary and interviews in English, Spanish and Catalan on a diverse array of topics including State-sponsored disinformation in Africa, COVID-19 misinformation on social media, global media, the state of journalism in East Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa, China-Africa relations... Samples of my media appearances are available on this website. If you are interested in contacting me for an interview, a quote, sound bite or op-ed, I can be reached by email at dmmorale(at)central.uh.edu and, during office hours, by phone at +1 (713) 743 - 9751.