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).

Five (random) facts about me

  1. I can communicate in 7 languages. They are, in order of proficiency, Catalan, Spanish, English, French, Italian, Russian, Japanese and Chinese. If I ever add an eight one to the list, it is likely to be Indonesian.
  2. I am a certified indoor cycling (some might call it "spinning") instructor by both Schwinm (Bronze Level) and ANEF, the Spanish Association of Physical Education (Level 2).
  3. At some point in a very distant past, I was a licensed (American) football umpire, although that career path was (fortunately for the players) very short-lived.
  4. I enjoy travelling, cooking and hiking. I am terrible at singing and playing sports, although I am an avid spectator.
  5. I worked as a movie extra in Japan. In the movie バルトの楽園 (Ode to Joy) I played a dead soldier in the opening scene.

Current personal goals

A recap on how I am progressing with some of my current professional and life goals. Not necessarily accurate, but I am trying hard.

Visiting 80 countries
80% Complete
Mastering Python
60% Complete
Running 20k
55% Complete
Securing tenure
80% Complete

Dani Madrid-Morales, Ph.D.

BA Journalism, UAB

BA East Asian Studies, UPF

MA East Asian Studies, UAB

MA International Relations, FU Berlin

PhD Media and Communication, CityU Hong Kong


Media Inquiries

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.